This Saturday night’s main event at the First Direct Arena in Leeds features Josh Warrington vs Luis Alberto Lopez.
The first defence of his second reign as IBF world champion will take place on DAZN, but this time it will be against hard-hitting Luis Alberto Lopez instead of opponent Mauricio Lara.
Warrington will make his 12th appearance in front of a home audience in Yorkshire at the First Direct Arena, which has become a stronghold for the pugilist during the previous 8 years of competition.
In addition to the main event, the IBF World Bantamweight Title will be on the line when fan-favourite Ebanie Bridges faces Shannon O’Connell. We’ve got you covered for this UK boxing event, as IBF Featherweight champion Josh Warrington will defend his championship against mandatory challenger Luis Alberto Lopez.
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Where is Josh Warrington vs Luis Alberto Lopez fight held?
It’s going down in the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England.
Josh Warrington vs Luis Alberto Lopez Promotional fight card overview
Rhiannon Dixon (6-0) will begin the evening at 1:30 PM against British lightweight prospect Calum French (3-0) and takes on undefeated Yorkshireman Kurt Jackson (3-0), who may have more of an audience than French.
Highly regarded Junaid Bostan (3-0) is fighting in his fourth bout of the year. From his trainers at the Grant Smith gym in Sheffield, super-welterweights Sunny Edwards and Dalton Smith have warned fans to keep a watch on the 20-year-old. Bostan faces Athanasios Glynos (2-1) of Greece, who will look to halt Bostan’s undefeated knockout streak.
Hopey Price (8-0), a native of Leeds, is tall for a super-bantamweight and plans to exploit his height and reach advantage to defeat Jonathan Santana (9-3-1) as he and his trainer, Dave Coldwell, want to rise to the ranks of the sport’s elite in Britain. Southpaw Cory O’Regan (8-0) of Dewsbury will fight ex-Boxxer Series tournament challenger Shaun Cooper next (13-4). Cooper was eliminated from the tournament after suffering a third-round knockout loss against fan favourite and runner-up Rylan Charlton in their opening round.
After a fourteen-month hiatus, Shannon Courtenay (7-2) is ready to get back to work and get back to winning after a disappointing championship fight against Jamie Mitchell in October of last year. In this, Gemma Ruegg’s (also 5-5) ninth battle since April, she faces off against a formidable opponent. Before 22-year-old local youngster Koby McNamara (3-0) fights journeyman (1-12-2), Nabil Ahmed, he hopes to make his name known as Leeds’s next big thing in the ring.
JJ Metcalf (23-2) is coming back to the UK to face American Courtney Pennington right after a fantastic win over Kerman Lejarraga in Bilbao (16-5-3). After that, Eddie Hearn said the arena would be transformed into a “fan park” so spectators could watch England’s World Cup quarterfinal match against France.
Felix Cash (15-0) faces Celso Neves (9-2-2) in a must-win fight for the Brit at 9 PM, after a minimum two-hour break (if it doesn’t go to extra time) for the game. Cash can get a clear path to a world championship if he wins and advances to a WBA “semi-final” world title eliminator against Ammo Williams.
Ebanie Bridges (8.1) will defend his IBF bantamweight world championship in the night’s second-to-last bout. Competing against fellow Australian Shannon O’Connell, this is her first title defence (23-6-1). The 39-year-old opponent has won eight consecutive bouts. Among her victories is one against current IBF super-bantamweight champion Chereka Johnson. This is O’Connell’s third attempt at a world championship and comes at a third different weight.
Lastly, Josh Warrington (31-1-1) will battle Luis Alberto Lopez in front of his hometown fans in Leeds (26-2). Although he will know less about Lopez than he did about Lara before his shocking loss. After defeating Isaac Lowe at York Hall in December, Lopez will return to the United Kingdom.
Warrington is known for his volume and pressure, while Lopez has stopped his previous three opponents in the second round. Fans should expect a quick start to this fight. Warrington, meantime, regained his IBF belt by knocking out Kiko Martinez in the opening round of their most recent bout. This was only his second knockout win in his previous seven bouts.
If Warrington can keep up his impressive production, his newfound strength might be a game-changing weapon, and the main event is guaranteed to be a rip-roaring success no matter how the England match turns out. This Saturday at 1:30 PM, you can watch the entire card on DAZN.
Josh Warrington vs Luis Alberto Lopez Full fight card down below
- For Warrington’s IBF world featherweight title; Josh Warrington vs Luis Alberto Lopez
- For Bridges’ IBF women’s world bantamweight title, Ebanie Bridges vs. Shannon O’Connell
- In the Middleweight bout, Felix Cash vs. Celso Neves
- At Light middleweight, James Metcalf vs. Courtney Pennington
- Super bantamweight, Hopey Price vs. Sofiane Takoucht
- Women’s super bantamweight, Shannon Courtenay vs. Gemma Ruegg
- Light middleweight Junaid Bostan vs. Aljaz Venko
- Lightweight, Calum French vs. Kurt Jackson
- Women’s lightweight, Rhiannon Dixon vs. Kristine Shergold
- Lightweight Cory O’Regan vs. Jordan Ellison
- Light heavyweight Mali Wright vs. TBA
- Bantamweight Koby McNamara vs. Nabil Ahmed