Mexican warriors Jose “Piston” Lopez and Jose Emilio “Gigante” Perea will clash for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Welterweight title on August 17 in Guadalajara, Mexico on a show promoted by HG Boxing and Promociones Del Pueblo.
Fighting out of the city of Torreon, 21-year-old Jose Lopez made his professional debut in January 2010, and has since compiled a fine record of 16-2-1 (10). He made his first real impression on the scene when he defeated former world champion Cesar Soto, a veteran of eighty-four bouts, in only his ninth outing to capture a regional title.
After a successful title defense against Jhonny Navarette, Lopez scored his most impressive victory in May 2011 when he came off the floor in the first round to win a split decision over Jorge Paez Jr., son of the legendary former world champion by the same name. Paez Jr. is these days a world-class contender at Super Welterweight.
In his most recent fight, this past June, Lopez stopped the previously undefeated Juan Manuel Leal in four rounds, and he seems ready for another big challenge and his first shot at a world championship when he takes on Perea in Guadalajara.
Jose Emilio Perea is 29-years old and entered the professional ranks in 2005. Born in Pachuca, where he still resides today, Perea had six of his first seven paid bouts in Mexico City, about ninety kilometers away. Over the cause of the last seven years he put together a 21-1 (13) ledger, and has progressed into one of the leading contenders in the country.
Having won a few regional straps, this will, just like Lopez, be the first world championship opportunity for Perea, who has been inactive since last November and will be roaring to get back into action. Both fighters know this is a huge opportunity for them to fulfill their dreams of becoming a world champion, and it will almost certainly be a very good scrap.