Lopez to defend against Conlan

IBF featherweight champion Luis Alberto “El Venado” Lopez may have to start calling himself “The Road Warrior.” Lopez will make the first defense of his world title against Michael “Mick” Conlan on Saturday, May 27, at The SSE Arena in Conlan’s hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lopez captured the title last December, venturing to Josh Warrington’s home base of Leeds, England, to grind out a majority decision.

Lopez-Conlan and undercard bouts will be broadcast live and exclusively on BT Sport in the UK and Ireland. Fans in the United States can watch the action on ESPN+.

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  • That’s a really good fight and, supposedly, on that same day Mauricio Lara is fighting either Leigh Wood or Josh Warrington, also in the UK. Great day for that division and you have Dogboe and Ramirez coming up as well.
    Venado is a terrific fighter and awkward as hell. I think he beats Conlan and I would LOVE to see him against Lara when everything is settled.

    • Wood is invoking the rematch clause in his contract to Lara so we may see this fight along with Conlan/Venado. They are both very tough fights for the British and Irish fighters rugged Mexican champions with very heavy hands. I agree that Lara/Venado would be a great fight down the road.

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