When Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez knocks his opponents out, it’s usually in the early rounds of the fight.
Last May, Lopez landed a crippling left hook to the body of Alfred Tetteh (23-4-1, 20 KOs) in the 5th round that brought his KO record to 13.
Lopez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) used his jab, plenty of combinations, and moved well around the ring by staying on his toes. “Chamaco” was agile and economical; efficiently landing, keeping his opponent guessing. He was so focused, that one wouldn’t have thought his prior fight ended in a draw.
After a 3 year lay off, Lopez returned to the ring in March 2015, where he scored a draw with Juan Carlos Martinez (20-15-2, 7 KOs).
“I never believed in ring rust,” said Lopez. “I thought it was all a mental thing but now I am a true believer of ring rust. It affected me because my mind wanted to do something, but my reactions would be delayed a bit. Overall, I was pleased with my performance after a three year layoff.”
After fighting Martinez, Lopez went back to the drawing board and dedicated himself to train harder and learn different skills. With that new mentality, hard work paid off for Lopez when he came back with a KO win against Tetteh. In addition to enhancing his boxing skills, Lopez also studies great fighters to pick up skills from and intwines them into his own workouts. His favorite fighters include, Ricardo Lopez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Salvador Sanchez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather, and the boss man, Oscar De La Hoya.
“I felt great for my last fight,” said Lopez. “I felt the difference in speed, reaction and power.”
And it was well noticed.
The newly signed, rising prospect, of Golden Boy Promotions, Abraham started boxing at six years old. He picked up the sport to follow the footsteps of his brother.
“My brother was a cool kid, so I wanted to be like him,” said Lopez. “Whatever he did, I wanted to do as well.”
Lopez started his amateur record at the age of eight. He had about 130 fights, and only lost 15. He represented Mexico in the Pan American Games Qualifier.
For better concentration, Lopez chooses to work out at his home in La Puente, CA. He is trained by his father, Rafael, Sr. They keep it old school and do workouts that no one else does.
On fight nights, however, Lopez fights with Joel Diaz in his corner. Considered one of the best trainers in boxing, Diaz has trained fighters such as Abner Mares, Julio Diaz, Vicente Escobedo, and Omar Figueroa. He is currently training Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley.
“We bring in Joel Diaz, because he trained me for a fight and we connected,” said Lopez. “We had amazing chemistry and I felt comfortable with him. He’s a great friend and a great coach. His knowledge to boxing is amazing. He continues to help me for my fights, which I am grateful for.”
To make up for lost time, Lopez is staying very active this year in the ring. His third fight of the year will take place on August 6th at the Belasco Theatre in Downtown LA against New Jersey native, Jorge “King” Diaz (18-3-1, 10 KOs). As the main event on Golden Boy Promotion’s LA Fight Club series card, Lopez is excited to be fighting for the first time in Los Angeles.
“It’s extra special because I am the main event,” said Lopez. “(Diaz) has an amazing record and is an exciting fighter, but I will be ready for him.”
Lopez is training hard and feels his performances in his sparring sessions are extremely well, helping him stay focused for any type of fighter come August 6th.
“I promise to put on a great show,” said Lopez. “I have never been in this shape in my life, so I am doing everything to perform at my best and get the win.”
Lopez vs. Diaz is a 10-round featherweight bout. The card will also feature East LA’s, Roy “Pitbull” Tapia (10-0-2, 5 KOs) as the co-main event, fighting in an eight-round super bantamweight bout. Making their professional debut on this night are Jonathan Navarro from East LA, Hector Tanajara and Joshua Franco, both from San Antonio, TX.
Tickets to the next LA Fight Club are still on sale and can be purchased at www.goldenboypromotions.com. This event has become very popular, that it usually sells out. Get your tickets now, and enjoy a great night of boxing.
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