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The second round Valdez fired furiously at Lopez with hopes of working him down and maybe force a stoppage but that wasn’t case as he was caught by a hook that sent him stumbling to the canvas. He was able to beat the count and need to fight back as he was now trailing on the scorecards.
“I just got hit,” Valdez (27-0, 21KOs) admitted to ESPN’s Crystina Poncher after the win, “Credit to Adam Lopez, he’s a warrior just like his father (the late Hector Lopez, a former 1990s contender) was.
“This is boxing. I prepared myself for two, three months for Gutierrez, but that’s no excuse. This kid is a warrior.”
Valdez recovered from the knockdown in round three, regained control and began controlling the fight. He made Lopez miss with his movement and offering his attack using unbelievable angles to the amazement of the spectators.
Round four witnessed another turn around as Lopez was advised by Mcgirt to constantly maintain contact with the former featherweight champion, especially when preparing for an attack. This gave him some advantage on the scorecards and even led the fight on until the questionable stoppage.
Valdez fired on and in the seventh round was pressured Lopez to the ropes landing uppercuts, then a straight right hand, followed by a left that sent Lopez crumbling to the canvas. He made it to his feet before the referee was done counting but wasn’t able to regain grounds in the fight.
Valdez forced Lopez backwards with a flurry of attacks which prompted the referee to jump in to stop the fight at exactly seven seconds remaining in the seventh round of the ESPN headliner.
“He hurt me, but I was fine,” insisted Lopez, who snaps a five-fight win streak in falling to 13-2 (6KOs). “I was blocking shots. He caught me one time and the referee stopped it. There was seven seconds left, I was ready to come back.”
“I’m not a 130-pounder, but I’m ready to fight anywhere, anytime,” claims Lopez. “Let’s do the rematch. 126 is my weight class. I’m 23 years old and will maybe outgrow it. 126 is where I’m at, but if they want the rematch I will gladly move back up in weight.”