April 25, 2014

Hype, ticket sales brisk for Fort Worth boxer’s title bout

Fort Worth’s Tony Lopez is on a big boxing stage for Saturday’s title fight at Amon Carter Exhibits Hall.

In most sports, competitors shy away from saying things that might be incentive-laden, bulletin-board material.

Apparently, that’s not the case for Saturday night’s WBC super bantamweight championship between Isaac Torres of Mission and rising Fort Worth star Juan Antonio (Tony) Lopez.

Lopez says Torres is providing plenty of such copy on Facebook.

“I’m a personal trainer at Title Boxing Club, and I have members who say, ‘Have you seen this or seen that.’ From what I see on Facebook, he’s pretty convinced he’s going to win,” Lopez said. “I don’t post anything or reply. I’m pretty convinced I’m going to win.”

On Friday, Lopez weighed in at 117 1/2 pounds. Torres was 118 pounds.

The hype is not just on Facebook. Ticket sales have been brisk, according to Standing 8 promotions. The card is the seventh of the Bud Light Pro Fight series.

There’s a second title fight on the card: Tony Mack of Dallas takes on James “Boogie” Freeman of Vernon for the super middleweight championship.

All eyes, however, will be on the unbeaten and confident Lopez.

“Overall, I feel like I’m better. My speed and my power is greater than his. More than anything, I believe I have a pretty high boxing IQ,” Lopez said. “As long as I put those three components together — my power, my speed and outsmart him — I don’t see myself losing. I think I’m more than ready to adjust to whatever he brings to the ring that night.”

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