WBC Continental Americas champion!
12th round KO!
Lopez Wins Continental Americas Title.
Alfonso Lopez (21-0-0, 16 KOs) became the new WBC Continental Americas champion on Thursday night with a 12th round knockout of Romero Johnson (11-3-0). In a fast paced fight, Lopez handed Johnson the only knockout defeat of his career.
"It was a tough fight." says Lopez, "Johnson is a tough guy and he's got an awkward style that makes the fight really physical. I got head-butted several times. I thought I was cut."
Lopez also suffered a hand injury that forced him to change strategy in the middle rounds.
"I think it was the fifth round when I hurt my right hand," Said Lopez, "After that I wasn't able to throw it hard. I kept throwing it but it was painful, even when I was only throwing body shots. I was using it more to try to set up something hard with my left. I was catching him with hard jabs coming in and some big hooks before we finally got him out of there."
"I felt strong at 168." Lopez said of making the Super Middleweight limit. "There's a lot going on at 168 right now and we're here to stay. I've got a title to defend now."
The fight took place in Dallas, Texas at an exclusive black tie event hosted by the Dallas Petroleum Club.