Popular local attraction Sergio “Micky” Lopez feels on top of his game ahead of his clash with Jesus “Kalaka” Navarro for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Featherweight title on Friday October 18 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The bout was originally scheduled for September 27, but had to be postponed for three weeks due to unforeseen circumstances. However, trained by Salvador “Lefty” Felix, 27-year-old Lopez claims to be better prepared than usual for what will be his careers most important bout to date, saying:
“It’s the first time I prepare to fight a southpaw, and I am adapting myself very well. Every day of my training camp I worked very hard, and got up at 3:30 in the morning to do my roadwork. Then in the evening I did my training and sparring in the gym.”
With a professional ledger of 16-7 (11), and fighting is his hometown for the twelfth time since turning pro in 2005, Lopez has never lost in Ensenada, going 11-0 with eight victories inside the distance.
And while he doesn’t plan on breaking that trend on October 18, he knows he will be in with a good opponent in Mexicali-puncher Navarro, who has stopped sixteen of twenty-one victims:
“There is no doubt he will be a tough man to fight”, said Lopez. “He is 21-6-1 as a professional, and also has good amateur experience, so I have no reason to take him lightly. As I said, I am very well prepared and I believe that I will be the new WBF champion after the fight.”
The Sergio Lopez vs. Jesus Navarro WBF International Featherweight title fight will be promoted by Hefziba Eduardo Promotions, and the card also features a stacked undercard with additionally eight bouts.