Golden Boy Promotions continues to build its stable of prospects in the featherweight division as it puts on another edition of LA Fight Club at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles this Thursday night. InstantBoxing.com had the opportunity to talk to Abraham Lopez 18-0-1 13KO’s who fights in the main event against veteran Jorge Diaz 18-3-1 10 from New Jersey.
Lopez originally started his boxing career 12-0 under the Thompson Boxing Promotions banner and had a good sized following for the La Puente, California native; until he felt the desire to finish school. “I wanted to finish school, so I graduated and became a respiratory therapist; but boxing was this thorn that I had to pull out and respiratory therapy just didn’t complete me.”
While contemplating a return Lopez continued to train at home during the time he was earning his education and working. Having his gym at his home in La Puente made it easier for him to stay in shape. “I train at home still with my father” “I don’t have a wife or kids so I stay focused on what my dad tells me, he’s always right so I listen to him when we watch video, and break down fights.”
When the itch of boxing grew stronger Lopez decided to reach out to promoter Golden Boy. “I sent an email to Golden Boy and Roberto Diaz responded to me and they signed me, he said the letter was very professional and didn’t believe I wrote it myself!” Lopez said laughing. College paid off for Lopez as he made his return to boxing.
“My first fight back I felt so awkward and I got a draw but I felt I won, I broke the guys jaw and orbital bone, but I got the knockout in my fight after that so were back on track.”
“I hope this fight at Belasco moves me a step closer to a title shot” “I want to fight all of the names at 126, I’m not here to play patty cake I want to be the best.”
Lopez has all of the components that make a fighter watchable not only in the ring but also on camera. Good looks, very well spoken, and a professional confidence that can only be gained with real world experience. “I’m multi-dimensional, I have speed, power, a good chin, I can do anything”.
First Lopez has to get past Jorge Diaz “He’s aggressive and likes to bang, if he comes in like a bull then I’ll bull-fight him.”
The New Jersey native was once a prospect himself but has three losses and a draw in his last 7 fights after starting his career 14-0.