In a week filled with controversy and apologies, it was not at all difficult to pick out Fighter of the Week award winner and we are not the least bit apologetic for our selection. We tweeted just prior to the fight, and you check the time stamp, that Luis Alberto Lopez of Mexicali, Mexico, was going to beat up on Gabe Flores and we were absolutely correct. Lopez who has now made a career of making life miserable for elite-level prospects secured the best win of his career. Jumping up from 126 to 130 and beating down the previously unbeaten Gabe Flores via unanimous decision in a fight that went on entirely. to capture this week’s award move his record to 23-2 (12) and perhaps put himself in a position to fight in a world title fight or some type of eliminator.
Luis Alberto Lopez strolled into the ring at the Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater a prohibitive underdog getting himself ready to fight a highly-touted prospect. Perhaps no bigger prospect this time in Gabe Flores of Stockton, California, and yet again the rugged Mexican was not going to be denied. He started quickly catching Flores with a right hand just 30 seconds in catching the touted prospect’s attention. Later on in the round, he rocked Flores with a looping right hand. seizing control of the fight after a dominant first round. Wearing Flores down to the body Lopez was full steam ahead ripping body shots and landing thudding right hands from long-distance mid-way through their second that again staggered the Californian hurting him to the body badly about halfway through the third. Lopez remained in control and the fight became a one-sided beat down in which Flores’s corner continually threatened ot stop it but never did, as Lopez continued to tee off on a tough as nails but overmatched Flores the referee also refused to step in and allowed the beating to go on unnecessarily. The fight, unfortunately, went on to the final bell and Flores fought hard and tried bad was badly beaten down and as the scorecards came in the decision was academic. Lopez had scored yet another big-time upset of a touted prospect by scores of 100-90×2 98-92 .
Lopez has now secured upsets over Ray Ximenez, Christian Baez, and Andy Vences he additionally has a life and death loss to Ruben Villa. He now adds Flores to that very impressive list. He should no longer be viewed as an opponent. You should likely keep your featherweight and 130-pound prospects away from the Mexicali native. He is in an interesting position where he can transition smoothly between 126 and 130. His best weight class moving forward is going to be at featherweight. Fights with the Joet Gonzalez vs Navarette winner or the winner of Warrington vs Lara III or even Kid Galahad are not unreasonable fights they aren’t fights that are out of reach and aren’t fights that Lopez can’t win. If none of those fights can be made a showdown with Isaac Dogboe would be a fan-friendly violent slugfest which Lopez could likely win.