Oscar Valdez 129.8 lbs vs. Adam Lopez – weigh-in results
By Chris Williams: Oscar Valdez will be facing replacement opponent Adam Lopez (13-1, 6 KOs) in the headliner bout this Saturday on ESPN at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Lopez, 23, will step in toe replace Andres Gutierrez as Valdez’s opponent after he weighed 11 lbs over the super featherweight limit at 141 lbs at Friday’s weigh-in.
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Fortunately for Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs), Lopez was already fighting on the undercard, and was willing to face him in the main event. Lopez was scheduled to fight Luis Coria in a 10 round fight on the card.
Adam Lopez moves up from undercard to face Valdez
So it was just a matter of having Lopez, who goes by the nickname “Bluenose” to move up to the headliner to face Valdez. It’s likely Top rank is giving Lopez a nice bump in pay for him taking on the talented Valdez. Coria will be paid off by Top Rank for him losing out on his fight against Lopez, according to promoter Bob Arum.
It’s not a great fight for former WBO featherweight champion Valdez to be facing 2nd tier fighter Lopez, but there weren’t any options. It either fight Lopez or not fight at all.
#1 WBC Valdez and Lopez will be fighting in a super featherweight title eliminator. The winner of the match will be the mandatory challenger to WBC super featherweight champion Miguel ‘ El Alacran’ Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs)
Arum FURIOUS at Gutierrez coming in 11 lbs. overweight
“We’re trying to get Lopez. We’ll pay him some more to fight Lopez,” said Top Rank promoter Bob Arum to Fighthype moments after Andres Gutierrez failed to make weight.
“This guy [Gutierrez], 141, we’re throwing him out of the hotel. I’ve seen a guy 2 or 3 lbs overweight, that’s still unprofessional. But to come in 11 lbs in overweight, it’s a f—- disgrace. I’ve never seen anything like it. He [Gutierrez] at the last minute, I don’t know, but it’s disgraceful.
“We’re going to talk to Adam Lopez, a good fighter, and pay his opponent off, and have Lopez take the fight. Valdez trained his a– off for this fight, and then for the guy to come in 11 lbs overweight is a disgrace. I’m not allowing, and neither is the commission for the fight to go ahead at 130 with one guy coming in 11 lbs over that.
“You’re not allowed. There are rules. Scott Quigg came in a little over. So that wasn’t good, and it wasn’t professional, but it was tolerable,” said Arum talking about how Quigg came in 2 1/2 lbs over the featherweight limit at 128 1/2 lbs for his fight against Valdez last year on March 10, 2018.
“Coming in 11 lbs over is a joke. 11, the [Nevada State Athletic] Commission wouldn’t allow the fight. That’s up to the Commission. I don’t suspend anybody. I just won’t ever use him or use any of the people that made the fight for him,” said Arum.
- Oscar Valdez 129.8 lbs vs. Adam Lopez 126 lbs
(WBC Super Featherweight world title eliminator — 10 Rounds). The next stop for Valdez will be against WBC 130-lb title holder Miguel Berchelt. That could be one of the biggest fights of 2020. No one has come close to beating Lopez since he turned professional seven years ago in 2012. Although Lopez has been hurt in fights against Quigg, Miguel Marriaga and Genesis Servania, he’s improved greatly under the guidance of trainer Eddy Reynoso. Lopez is a much better fighter on defense than he was when he fought Quigg, Marriaga and Servania. Back then, Lopez was doing a lot of brawling, and he was putting his chin on the line for those fights. But he’s more careful, and he doesn’t get hit nearly as much.
* Lopez stepped in to face Valdez after original opponent Andres Gutierrez missed weight by 11 pounds
Judges/Referee: Glenn Feldman, Dave Moretti and Max De Luca/Russell Mora
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