Jose Lopes is an exciting cruiserweight currently under the management of Steve Goodwin. He originally hails from Angola, but now fights out of Stratford, London. He is an orthodox, six foot three inch fighter who caries power in both hands and has a very fluid style.
The twenty five year old has three wins to his name so far as a professional, with two of these wins coming by way of knock out. He will be hoping to add to his tally on September 5th, when he faces Reinis Porozovs over six rounds at the famous York Hall in London.
Lopes has done an exclusive interview with InstantBoxing.com, and here is what he had to say:
How do you assess your professional career so far?
It’s going really well. I think I’m at a good stage right now and I’m about to jump into another level for my night fight. Overall though, I think it’s going really well.
How would you describe your fighting style and what are your best attributes as a fighter?
Naturally I’m a counter puncher, but my aim is to become a complete fighter. I would say I’m becoming an all round fighter.
Do you think your style suits the professional game?
My style does definitely. In the amateurs you only had three rounds so you had to do everything really fast, but in the pro game you’ve got more time and you get to think about what you want to do. All you need is one shot and I’ve got the power.
How do you find training as a professional?
It’s really different and more intensive. I’ve got used to it because there is nothing really that I wasn’t expecting when I turned pro. I was expecting it to be hard, it’s harder than the amateurs obviously but it’s part of your lifestyle. I can’t complain because I love what I do.
Who is the best fighter you’ve faced so far in your career?
I would say it would probably be my last opponent Marko Martinjak because he’s been in the ring with some good German prospects.
What’s the highlight of your career so far?
I’m 3-0 with two knock outs. The highlight of my career so far has been my first stoppage win against John Weeks. That’s definitely my highlight so far, because he was saying that he was going to beat me and I did well to stop him in the first round.
What’s the dream for you as a professional boxer?
As a professional, if you don’t have to ambition to win a world title then you aren’t doing anything in the game. It’s too early for me to say that I will win one but I’m looking to step it up. I’m looking at winning the Southern area title, and then the English, British, Commonwealth, European and World titles.
Where do you see yourself in a years time?
I’ve got plans for next year. I’m looking to win the Southern area title. I also want to be top ten in the country by next year as well.
Although Lopes has had a short professional career so far, from what we have seen he is going to be a threat to many cruiserweights in the near future. With natural punching power and a counter-punching style that will trouble many opponents, he has all the tools he needs to make it in the game. He has big ambitions for the future and with the right guidance he can be fighting for titles very soon.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15