ABRAHAM LOPEZ SHINES IN GOLDENBOY LIVE FINALE

Albert Baker
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Abraham “Chamaco “ Lopez 19-0-1 14KO’s showed why the future isn’t doom and gloom for Golden Boy Promotions as they closed out their televised series Golden Boy Live on Foxsports1. Lopez outclassed and out-landed opponent and former prospect Jorge Diaz 18-4-1 10KO’s dropping him in the second round and battering him for nine rounds until Diaz’s corner mercifully told referee Jack Reiss to end the fight in between the ninth and the tenth rounds.

Diaz didn’t come to lose, and he had his moments in the crowd rousing fight but Lopez was simply too fast and too strong for the New Brunswick native.

Lopez looks to move closer to contender status and with four fights under his belt since a three year layoff to finish school and work as a respiratory therapist, Lopez looks to be all the way back and in good form.
Lopez said “This was my headlining debut. It was very exciting, I felt very emotional that I was fighting in my backyard in front of my family and friends.”

“I know there are great things coming my way, and to all the fans.”

Golden Boy Promotions is developing for the future with Lopez and Tapia tonight and appear to have a solid stable of prospects in the 118 through 126 pound weight divisions that are: selling tickets, making good fights, and developing and getting better with each passing fight.

In a good performance Roy “The Pitbull” Tapia 11-0-2 6KO’s won via third round knockout as he landed a vicious left hook that ended the night early for journeyman Juan Luis Hernandez 18-6-1 9KO’s of Tiajuana, MX.
Tapia came out aggressive in the first throwing what looks to be a very clean and powerful left hook that appears to be the pitbull money punch.

In the second Tapia sent Hernandez to the canvas with a double right hand, to signal the beginning of the end for the Mexican. Rocketing to the center of the ring for the third round Tapia connected with a beauty of a left hand to put an end to the night as referee Zach Young didn’t even bother with a count.

Fighting out of none other than East Los Angeles Tapia adds his name to the large stable of developing prospects in the 118 to 126 weight class.

Hector Tanajara Jr. 1-0 1KO didn’t take much time to announce that he turned professional as he knocked out Thomas De Leon 0-3 of Grand Rapids, MI with a thunderous straight right hand that sent De Leon to the canvas. Unable to beat referee Jack Reiss’s count De Leon stayed down as Tanajara of San Antonio celebrates his first win.

Jonathan Navarro 1-0 1KO of East Los Angeles won his professional debut impressively as he disposed of opponent Andrew Gomez 0-2 of Galveston, TX at 1:03 in the first round.

Navarro showed some power and speed as he came out aggressive to notch his first victory with a hard left, right hook combination that put Gomez down. Gomez made it to his feet but, was promptly put back down on the canvas as Navarro followed up with a flurry of punches. Referee Jack Reiss decided he had seen enough and called a halt to the fight after Gomez was clearly hurt.

Los Angeles native Francisco Ochoa scored a second round knockout over Marquis Pierce 1-7 of Newark NJ. Ochoa landed a hard left right hook combo at 30 seconds in the second round to put Pierce down. Referee Jack Reiss decided that was enough and appropriately called a halt to the action.

Ochoa is another Los Angeles product for Golden Boy as it continues to farm talent near their base of operations.

Pablo Rubio 2-02KO’s of East Los Angeles won impressively as he blew-out Martin Regalado 0-1 in four lopsided rounds. Rubio dropped Regalado in the first round with a hard left hook but was not ruled a knockdown as the ropes held him up but, it didn’t matter because a follow up right hand put him down hard. Regalado made it to his feet and showed he had a tough beard but he was no match for the freakishly tall Rubio.

Referee Zach Young mercifully called a halt to the fight at 31 seconds into the fourth. Rubio looked impressive and did what he was supposed to. At nearly six feet tall he could potentially develop into a good prospect for Golden Boy.

Making his professional debut Joshua Franco 1-0, eked out a split decision against Temoatzin Landeros 0-2 on scores of 40-36, 39-37, Franco and 40-36 Landeros. Franco did enough to win the fight and may have been battling a case of nerves in his pro debut, he collected himself and boxed very well in the fourth round to pick up his first victory under the Golden Boy banner.