CALLER.COM > Moody grad's sparring routine packs a punch

CORPUS CHRISTI — A glance down the list of boxers who have stepped into the ring against Alfonso Lopez won't qualify as a who's who of practitioners of the Sweet Science.

The 18 men who have squared off against the Corpus Christi native had a combined record of 172-191-16 at the time of their fight. Finding quality opposition has been a difficult chore for Lopez and manager John Harris.

That hasn't been the case with Lopez's sparring partners in Houston, which have included former NABF light heavyweight champion Chris Henry, super middleweight contender Marcus "Too Much" Johnson and cruiserweight contender Felix "Bad News" Cora, who fought on the most recent "Contender" reality show on Versus.

"Working with those guys, top guys that have been doing it since they were 5 years old, the work is high, it's intense. It's a fight every other day," said the 27-year-old Lopez, who will risk his 18-0 record with 15 knockouts against Laredo's Gabriel Holguin in Saturday night's "Young Guns: The Undefeated" fight card at the American Bank Center.

"You're in a six-round fight every other day. That's how my skills have gotten better is just working with top-level guys who are already signed with big-time promoters, already getting the big fights, already getting on TV," the Moody High School graduate said.

"Me working with them, that's how I've progressed as a fighter."

While his stablemates have helped hone his skills outside of competition Lopez's opponents rarely have, well, put up much of a fight. Only four of his 18 fights have gone the distance and only once in his past 10 bouts.

"It's been frustrating. With me not being signed to a big-time promoter it's a little difficult for me and my team that supports me to get those bigger fights, to get those opponents that maybe we can pay for," said Lopez, who will be fighting in his hometown for just the fourth time. "It's kind of hard to get them down here. We have to lowball them, I guess, to get those fights.

"It gets a little tough at that point," Lopez said. "But I think as long as we're staying busy, picking good veterans, tough guys that have fought tough guys and we do what somebody does to them and we do it better, I think it's beneficial to us."

Lopez will get his shot in an eight-rounder against Holguin, a 29-year-old with a 25-7 record and one knockout. Holguin has run the gamut in weight classes since turning professional in 2000, starting out as a 144-pounder. In his past six bouts Holguin has checked in at least at 200 pounds, including a win and a loss against Kingsville's Homer Fonseca. The contract for the Lopez-Holguin fight calls for a 175-pound weight limit.

The two have fought one common opponent. Lopez defeated Anthony Greely in 2008 when Greely retired after the third of six scheduled rounds. Holguin scored a unanimous four-round decision over Greely three years earlier.

"He's moved up and down in weight so he's fought big guys and he's fought a bunch of small guys. He's probably still pretty quick and pretty strong," Lopez said. "But he's the best guy that I'm going to fight on my record. He's 25-7. But him being a pure boxer I don't think he can outbox me. I've got to beat him at his own game."

Source: Caller.com

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Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

Tecate Texas Boxing Series
April 3, 2010 @ 7:00PM
American Bank Center Arena
Ticket Prices: $21.50 - $51.50
Tickets on sale Friday, March 12 @ 10AM!



Ticket Information: Tickets are available at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select H-E-B's,* or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

*Select H-E-B's:
  • 3500 Leopard 
  • 10241 S Padre Island 
  • 5313 Saratoga 
  • 11100 Leopard – Calallen 
  • 3133 S. Alameda 
  • 409 E. Kleberg - Kingsville 
  • 1115 E. Main Street - Alice

Event Details: The 2010 Tecate Texas Boxing Series debuts in Corpus Christi on Saturday, April 3rd at the American Bank Center Arena when five undefeated young stars take center ring, including Corpus Christi top prospects, Jerry Belmontes (11-0) and Alfonso Lopez (18-0).

Seven bouts are scheduled on the the card, headlined by the United States Featherweight Championship fight between undefeated #4 ranked, Mikey Garcia (20-0, Oxnard, CA), and tough Texas veteran, Tomas Villa (22-6, Midland) rated #12. The event will be nationally televised LIVE on Fox Sports Net's, Top Rank Live !

In addition to Garcia, Belmontes and Lopez, undefeated prospects Omar Henry (7-0, Houston), and Mike Alvarado (26-0, Denver, Colorado) will be featured on the card. Opponents for these undefeated stars, as well as the remainder of the card, is to be announced.


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Contracts signed for April 3rd in Corpus Christi


What up Fans!

Contracts are signed for April 3rd. El Tigre 18-0 vs. Gabriel Holguin 25-7.
American Bank Center Corpus Christi, Tx.

See everyone soon!

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CALLER.COM > Tickets for April 3 fights at American Bank Center on sale Friday

CORPUS CHRISTI — Top Rank Inc. officials confirmed Tuesday that the 2010 Tecate Texas Boxing Series will debut April 3 at the American Bank Center arena when five undefeated boxers take the ring, including Corpus Christi’s Jerry Belmontes and Alfonso Lopez.

Seven bouts are scheduled on the card, headlined by the United States Featherweight Championship fight between undefeated and fourth-ranked Mikey Garcia (20-0) and Texas veteran, Tomas Villa (22-6, Midland), who is ranked 12th. The event will be nationally televised live on Fox Sports Net’s “Top Rank Live.”

In addition to Garcia, Belmontes (11-0, three knockouts) and Lopez (18-0, 15 KOs), undefeated prospects Omar Henry (7-0, Houston), and Mike Alvarado (26-0, Denver) will be featured on the card. Opponents for the undefeated boxers and the remainder of the card are to be announced.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday and are priced at $20, $30 and $50. They will be available at the ABC’s box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets (H-E-B stores), online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000 (Ticketmaster) and 826-4722 (ABC Box Office).

It will be the second time in the last year that Top Rank has staged an event in Corpus Christi. Last October, the Las Vegas-based firm promoted “Hall of Fame Fight Night” at Whataburger Field, which drew approximately 6,100 people.

Source: Caller.com

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CALLER.COM > Local April boxing card close to being finalized

CORPUS CHRISTI — Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing promotions is planning on staging a fight card at the American Bank Center on April 3.

Fort Worth-based promoter Lester Bedford, Top Rank’s on-site coordinator, said Wednesday that nothing had been finalized. But the card tentatively is scheduled to be broadcast on Fox Sports Network’s new “Top Rank Live” bi-weekly show as part of the Tecate Texas Boxing Series.

An official announcement could come as early as today, Bedford said.

“We’ll have something firmed up. We’re already starting to look at the ticketing process. We’re not prepared to make an official announcement right now because I don’t have the main event from the promoter,” Bedford said. “I can confirm that the plan is for the fight there. When we put out an official release obviously then it’ll be a for-sure thing. But it looks pretty positive now.”

Bedford said the card likely would include unbeaten Corpus Christi natives Jerry Belmontes and Alfonso Lopez. A featherweight, Belmontes is 11-0 with three knockouts after his six-round decision over Morris Chule last month in McAllen. Lopez, a light heavyweight now training outside of Houston, is 18-0 with 15 KOs. He last fought in November, stopping Tiwon Taylor in the second of six scheduled rounds in Stafford.

Belmontes and Lopez both fought on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Manuel Perez main event at Whataburger Field on Oct. 17.

“I don’t know anything about the card other than the two kids we talked about. We’re not in any position to officially announce anything but we’re getting close,” Bedford said. “Hopefully we can maybe announce something (today). But I’m waiting on a main event. The plan right now is to come down there April 3.”

The Associated Press is reporting that at least two fights have been scheduled, both pitting boxers with salty records. Miguel Angel Garcia of Oxnard, Calif., who is 19-0 with 16 KOs, is scheduled to face Mexican native and Jarrell resident Eduardo Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. The other fight scheduled is Denver welterweight Mike Alvarado (26-0, 18 KOs) against Hector Munoz, a 31-year-old journeyman from Albuquerque, N.M., who is 18-2 with 11 KOs. Munoz, however, hasn’t fought since October 2008 when he lost a 12-round technical knockout decision to Antonin Decarie for the vacant WBO NABO welterweight belt.

Source: Caller.com

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Alfonso's next fight to be in January

Plans for a December fight have been changed. The next fight will be in January, although the fighter and location have not been disclosed yet.

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November 19, 2009

Alfonso Lopez will be fighting in Stafford, Texas on November 19, 2009. More details later this week!

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El Tigre Highlights Video!

Alfonso Lopez early career knockouts.

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El Tigre (15-0) vs. Aaron Norwood (26-11)

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