By Mark Eisner: Josh Warrington (31-1-1, 8 KOs) defends his IBF featherweight strap tonight in opposition to the fiery, motivated obligatory Luis Alberto Lopez (26-2, 15 KO) on DAZN on the First Direct Area in Leeds, England. The principle portion of the Warrington – Lopez card will start at 4:00 p.m. ET, dwell on DAZN.
Boxing Information 24 will give dwell updates & outcomes of tonight’s motion on the Warrington vs. Lopez card beneath.
IBF feminine bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges (9-1, 4 KOs) stopped a recreation Shannon O’Connell (23-7-1, 11 KOs) within the eighth spherical. Referee Howard Foster stepped in and halted the combat within the eighth spherical after the 36-year-old Bridges flurried on the drained & bruised O’Connell in opposition to the ropes. Within the seventh, Foster appeared near halting the combat after Bridges nailed the 39-year-old O’Connell with a storm of headshots after trapping her within the nook. Earlier within the combat, Bridges dropped O’Connell with a tough proper to the pinnacle. Within the sixth, Bridges was warned by Foster about roughing up O’Connell. This was by far the perfect combat of the cardboard of this level.
Tremendous middleweight contender Felix Money (16-0, 10 KOs) had a more durable time than anticipated in defeating Celso Neves (9-3-2, 2 KOs) by an eight spherical factors determination. The rating was 77-75. Money suffered a reduce on his brow from a conflict of heads within the a hundredth spherical. Money, 29, went all out within the first rounds, attempting to attain a quick knockout, however the better-conditioned Neves weathered the storm. Money appeared fatigued in rounds two & three, taking large pictures, however nonetheless outworking Neves. From the fourth spherical on, Money boxed extra, conserving his vitality to go the space. After the combat, Money and Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams exchanged phrases. It appeared like Money was able to swing on Williams (13-0, 9 KOs) till the American took off. “I’ve been out of the ring for over a 12 months. It was a little bit of ring rust off,” mentioned Money after the combat. “I’m able to flatten my subsequent opponent. I’ll knock you spark out,” mentioned Money to Ammo Williams. Total, Money appeared respectable for a fighter that had been out of the ring for ten months. With that mentioned, he’s going to wish to combat rather a lot higher than that for him to defeat the youthful, equally highly effective 26-year-old Williams as a result of he’ll give him issues. There are higher fighters at 168 than Williams, so Money should cross this check to share the ring with upper-level guys like David Benavidez, Caleb Plant, and David Morrell.
Preview: A lot of the suspense in regards to the headliner combat is about whether or not Josh Warrington will reduce Lopez to ribbons together with his unhealthy behavior of crashing into his opponents together with his head.
Warrington’s final two opponents, Kiko Martinez and Mauricio Lara had been reduce badly by his unintended headbutts.
Some boxing followers imagine Warrington makes use of his head as a weapon to both finish fights prematurely within the case of his rematch with Lara, or wound his opponents to realize an edge, as in his final combat in opposition to Kiko.
Ebanie Bridges vs. Shannon O’Connell Felix Money vs. Celso Neves JJ Metcalf vs. Courtney Pennington Koby McNamara vs. Nabil Ahmed Shannon Courtenay vs. Gemma Ruegg Cory O’Regan vs. Antonio Rodriguez Hopey Worth vs. Jonathan Santana Junaid Bostan vs. Athansios Glynos Rhiannon Dixon vs. Kristine Shergold
“It’s a fantastic card and a fantastic evening of motion. We are able to’t wait,” mentioned Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to Seconds Out about tonight’s Warrington vs. Lopez occasion.
“Due to the identify of Kiko Martinez, that combat is healthier than the Luis Alberto Lopez combat, however anybody in boxing, if you happen to converse to the American followers, hardcore combat followers, Prime Rank, who signify him, this can be a a lot more durable combat than [the 37-year-old] Kiko Martinez, with all due respect to our Spanish buddy.
“That is an elite featherweight in Luis Alberto Lopez. I really feel for Josh as a result of if he beats him, he may not get the credit score. It is a good match-up.
“It’s a really robust combat. We simply go to return by it. Hopefully, we are able to ship the Leigh Wooden unification [for Warrington] or a giant combat in America [against WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz].
“Hopefully, he will get previous the ultimate hurdle and is victorious,” mentioned Hearn about Warrington. “We love Michael Conlan and would like to work with him once more, however Conlan shouldn’t be within the combine for Josh Warrington. Josh Warrington is large fights within the States or unification fights. Hopefully each.
“He’s paid his due, Josh Warrington. He deserves that now. The pinnacle-to-heads had been good. It is a nice combat, a fantastic rivalry. It’s going to be a battle. Each fighters come ahead. They don’t take a step backwards,” mentioned Hearn.
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