26Sep

LARES VS. LOPEZ OFFICIAL

Corpus Christi natives Victor Lares (14-3) and Alfonso Lopez (10-0) headed for showdown.

December 27th McAllen Texas

Texas Super Middleweight Title fight.

For more info visit fistoffuryboxing.com

Lares vs Lopez Official

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01Jul

EL TIGRE TO RETURN TO CORPUS CHRISTI FOR UPCOMING FIGHT!!!!

Alfonso will be fighting on July 11, 2008 in Corpus Christi, Tx on the TOP RANK-JESSE RAMIREZ CARD at the American Bank Center. Come out and show your support!!!!!!!

Check out the Caller Times article by Javier Becerra.

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02May

LOPEZ RETURNS TO HOMETOWN CORPUS CHRISTI!!!!

"Hello to all fans especially Corpus Christi fans, you no longer have to wait for "El Tigre"!!!"  Yes...he will be fighting on the May 24th Rumble in Robstown card so don't hesitate to buy your tickets...they are going fast!!!! If you want to see more of Alfonso let's make the turnout huge so more fights are brought to the Coastal Bend area.

Alfonso is going to appear on the DOMINGO LIVE! SHOW ( KIII channel 3) @ 10am on May 4th in Corpus Christi, TX.  He will also appear on the Johnny Canales Show @ 2pm to promote the May 24th fighting event in Robstown, Tx.

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Lopez Returns to Hometown Corpus Christi

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01Nov

Upcoming Fight!! SHIRTS FOR SALE!!

Next fight is scheduled for November 29th with Rock Solid Promotions @ Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston.

Also........Take a look at our new shirts!!!! Back of shirt will be up soon.... L and XL available.

$10.00 each

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28Aug

Next Fight: 09/20/07, Houston, Texas

When: September 20, 2007

Where: Houston Grand Plaza Hotel.

Ticket Prices:

 

VIP A-D per seat $100
Table 1-24 ( per seat (10 seats per table) $60
Table 25-77 per seat (10 seats per table) $50
General Admission $25

For tickets contact: After 7pm
Felix Ramirez @ 832-260-6090

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27Jul

A star in the making

A former Sam Houston State football player, Alfonso Lopez traded in his pads after finding out he had a talent and passion for boxing

A few short years ago Alfonso Lopez had dreams of making a name for himself on the football field.

An all-district performer at Corpus Christi Moody, Lopez made the decision to walk on at Sam Houston State and found his way on to the roster. Everything was going well, but as fate would have it, he was about to find his true calling in the boxing ring.

Like most kids, Lopez was big into sports while growing up on the Texas coast. He played baseball, basketball, football, and thanks to family tradition, dabbled in a little boxing. 

But as Lopez grew older, he concentrated on football and boxing was put on the back burner.

“I boxed a lot when I was a kid,” Lopez said. “We would always box in the back yard and stuff like that. But all the other sports were pushed (by my family) like baseball and football — safer sports I guess they thought. So I ended up playing football and came to Sam.”

Following his freshman year at SHSU, Lopez went back home for the summer. While back in Corpus Christi, he found out that one of his friends was training for a tough man competition and decided to help out.

That was enough to awaken a passion for boxing inside of him that had laid dormant for years.

“I just went back home to help my friend train and work out,” Lopez said. “It just stayed with me and became addicting. When I got back I started playing football again, but boxing was on my mind all the time. It was hard to concentrate so I just walked away from football.”

Not long after he hung up his cleats, Lopez signed up to fight in an amateur boxing event hosted by one of Sam Houston State’s fraternities. In order to take part in the event, potential fighters must take some basic lessons from professional trainers.

That brought Lopez to the doorstep of Felix Rameriz, who along with Henry Harris, trains fighters at Cut N Shoot Boxing Gym in Huntsville. Lopez scored a knockout in his fight, and Rameriz immediately saw pro potential in the young fighter.

“When I first saw him, I was impressed with how fast he picked up on things,” Rameriz said. “He’s strong and has the whole package. I really wanted to work with him but after the fight he was gone. I told Henry Harris about him and thankfully (Lopez) started coming back around.

“We didn’t waste anytime with him and let him fight in the open class in amateur fights. That division is the cream of the crop. He was fighting in the open division after three fights, and most fighters take at least 10.”

Lopez wasted no time making a name for himself by winning the Texas Golden Gloves title in the light heavyweight class in 2005. He successfully defended his crown the following year when he also finished second at the national tournament.

After 30 amateur fights, Lopez’s camp decided it was time to turn pro. The 24-year-old made his debut back in March and scored a unanimous decision victory over Bobby Joe Magee in front of his hometown fans at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.

“We knew right away that Alfonso could be a world class fighter. We wasn’t getting lucky, he is the real thing,” Harris said. “It took him just eight amateur fights to win a state Golden Gloves title. At nationals, he beat three of the top fighters in the U.S. We had thought about the possibility of fighting in the Olympics, but at his age, it was the right time for him to turn pro. 

“I have trained three top 10 fighters, and Alfonso is the best I have seen. He listens and does what we tell him, and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes.”

Lopez, dubbed “El Tigre,” followed up his first professional win with a spectacular first-round technical knockout of Jason Crawford in June in Pasadena. Lopez backed Crawford into the ropes and delivered a couple of crushing body shots before catching the stunned opponent with a right to the head. There is a video of the bout on Lopez’s official Web site, www.alfonsolopez3.com.

“It was fast, literally. I got in the ring, we started fighting and once I got the opportunity, I stepped in and went to his body first,” a smiling Lopez said about his TKO. “It took all the air out of him and a finished him with a little right hand. That body shot hurt him bad and the ref called it.”

With a 2-0 start to his pro career, Lopez didn’t have much time to enjoy the moment. He has been busy, training six days a week for his upcoming fight Thursday set up by Rock Solid Promotions at the Houston Crown Plaza Hotel.

Lopez will face “The Wolverine” Jason Lane, a fighter moving down from the heavyweight division. It will be Lopez’s toughest test so far, and one of many as he continues his quest for a world championship.

“Alfonso has a great style for professional boxing,” said Bob Spagnola, who sets up matches for Lopez. “Felix and Henry told me a few years ago that I needed to see this kid. Alfonso is a good athlete but what makes him special is that he does everything right. With guys like Felix and Henry training him, it has been easy to find the right fights.

“I have managed eight world champions, and I think Alfonso has what it takes to be one.”

The ultimate goal is for Lopez to eventually drop down to the super middleweight class, but for now he is happy with the way things are going. 

By turning pro, he gets to spend more time with his wife, Gina, and their 3-year-old daughter, Madelyn — the real driving force behind him in the ring.

“What drives me is my wife and little girl at home counting on me to do this right,” Lopez said. “Going to the top is the ultimate goal, and the only way to get there is to listen to what my trainers tell me.”

Source: Cody Stark, Assistant Sports Editor for The Huntsville Item

Ticket information

Tickets are still available for Lopez’s upcoming fight Thursday at the Houston Crown Plaza Hotel. Tickets are $25 and can only be purchased by calling Felix Rameriz at (832) 260-6090.

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10Jul

Upcoming Fight

Upcoming Fight

My next fight will be August 2, 2007 at the Houston Grand Plaza Hotel.  All $25 tickets in hand now....tickets  going fast!!!  So everyone who wants to come... reserve this date and contact Felix Ramirez for Tickets.  Thanks.

For tickets contact:
Felix Ramirez @ 832-260-6090

 

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24Jun

Quick Note

Unfortunately, the fight scheduled for June 23rd in Fort Smith, Arkansas was canceled. Still looking forward to the next bout! I will keep you posted. The following pic is of me with Hall of Fame boxer "Sweet Pea" Whitaker.

Pernell Whitaker (born January 2, 1964), nicknamed "Sweet Pea", is a retired professional boxer, among the greatest of all-time. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Whitaker was the lightweight silver medalist at the 1982 World Championships, followed by the gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Gamesand the 1984 Olympics. He then embarked on a pro career in which he became world champion in four different weight divisions. Whitaker was known for his outstanding defensive skills, which helped garner him consideration as one of boxing's top pound-for-pound fighters during his prime.

As of December 2005, Whitaker has taken on the role as trainer in his home state of Virginia. While the decline of speed and agility have pushed him into retirement, his knowledge of the ring and components have led him to seek out up-and-coming boxers and train them to fight the way he did. 

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Pernell Whitaker".

Check out this video of Whitaker doing what he did best: 

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13Mar

The Caller Times Highlight

Having spent the past six years absorbing all he could about the Sweet Science, Alfonso Lopez is finally ready to make his professional debut.

For it to happen in his hometown is just gravy.

"I've been waiting for this for a long time," said the Corpus Christi native, who launches his career against fellow newcomer Juan Garcia of San Antonio Saturday night at the American Bank Center on the card headlined by Evander Holyfield's heavyweight bout against Vinny Maddalone.

"It's an incredible feeling to come back home and do something like this," the 24-year-old light heavyweight said. "Everybody's here, my dad, my mom ... everybody. They're all going to be in that crowd."

Lopez graduated from Moody in 2000 after a banner senior season as a linebacker, which landed him on the All-District 28-5A first team. Also a second-team tight end, he led the Trojans with 100 tackles and finished second with 25 solo stops.

The defensive performance earned Lopez numerous accolades, including all-state honorable mention. Lopez also garnered Caller-Times All-Metro (first-team defense, second-team offense) and All-South Texas (second-team defense, honorable mention offense) honors.

After graduating, Lopez headed to Sam Houston State and tried out for the football team as a walk-on before deciding to give up the sport. During his time in college, he participated in several fraternity sponsored "fight nights," giving Lopez a taste of organized pugilism.

Looking for more action, Lopez joined Huntsville's Cut N Shoot boxing club and began training under Henry Harris. A 47-year veteran of the business, Harris liked what he saw.

"He's the best student I've ever coached, and I've been training fighters for years and years," he said. "He listens, studies and learns. I can show him how to do something and the next day he does it. He works on it until he gets it right."

That hasn't seemed to be a problem.

Lopez entered the open division at the 2005 Houston Golden Gloves regional tournament after only two amateur bouts. Despite the inexperience, he won two fights to advance to the state competition.

Only one of Lopez's four fights in Fort Worth went the distance, an effort that resulted in a state championship, which he defended in 2006.

"In eight amateur fights he won a state Golden Gloves title," Harris said of Lopez, who finished second in last year's USA National Championships. "He's much more progressed than somebody with his experience. I expect him to do well in the pros."

So does longtime promoter Lester Bedford.

"He might be the best prospect to come out of Corpus Christi since Jesse Benavides," Bedford said. "There's been a lot of good fighters come out of here - Benavides, (Lupe) Suarez, (Frankie) Warren - but it's been a long time that one looked like a world championship contender."

Lopez is ready to go after it.

"I hope that it all leads to a shot at a world championship," said Lopez, who earned a bachelor's degree in food science and nutrition. "I've progressed to this level pretty quick. I believe I can do it."

HOLYFIELD FIGHT CARD

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: American Bank Center

Main event: Evander Holyfield (40-8-2, 26 knockouts), Atlanta, Ga., vs. Vinny Maddalone (27-3, 19 KOs), Flushing, N.Y., 10, heavyweights

Undercard: Calvin Brock (29-1, 22 KOs), Charlotte, N.C., vs. Ralph West (17-10-1, 14 KOs), Jamboree, N.Y., 10, heavyweights; Raul Martinez (17-0, 12 KOs), San Antonio, vs. Kevin Hudgins (5-8, 2 KOs), Pensacola, Fla., 8, bantamweights; Rod Willis (14-0-1, 8 KOs), Dallas, vs. Damian Norris (8-2, 6 KOs), Las Vegas, Nev., 8 heavyweights; Adam Richards (16-1, 12 KOs), Murfreesboro, Tenn., vs. Earl Ladson (12-14-1, 7 KOs), Winston Salem, N.C., 8, heavyweights; Jose Diaz (12-0, 3 KOs), Houston, vs. Jeremy Drapal (6-4, 4 KOs), Hastings, Neb., 6, featherweights; Vanessa Juarez (5-0, 1 KO), Fort Worth, vs. Elizabeth Villarreal (2-2-1), San Antonio, 6, bantamweights; Alfonso Lopez (pro debut), Corpus Christi, vs. Juan Garcia (pro debut), San Antonio, 4, light heavyweights

Tickets: $250 (VIP), $150, $100, $75, $50, $35 (plus service charges), available at the American Bank Center ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations, on the Internet (www.ticketmaster.com) or by calling 361-881-8499. For VIP tickets, e-mail wlbedford@ aol.com

Source: Javier Becerra (Caller.com)

 

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