08/18/2011 4:06 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI’S LOPEZ TO HEADLINE
HALL OF FAME FIGHT NIGHT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011…AMERICAN BANK CENTER ARENA
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS--- Fresh off his biggest career fight against World Champion Kelly Pavlik, Corpus Christi’s Alfonso Lopez (21-1) will face Chicago’s Michael Walker (19-9) in a Super Middleweight, main event on Saturday, September 24th at the American Bank Center Arena. The Lopez vs Walker ten-round matchup will headline -- Hall of Fame FIGHT NIGHT, presented by CNS Promotions of Conroe, Texas.
In addition to a seven-bout fight card, three (3) new members will be inducted into the Corpus Christi Boxing Hall of Fame. New Hall of Fame inductees are to be announced.
Slated for action on the undercard are Corpus Christi area prospects Jeremy Longoria, Julian Barboza, Gregory Gutierrez and Ramsey Luna.
Tickets for HALL OF FAME FIGHT NIGHT are priced at $3 (Balcony GA Seats), $10 & $20 (Lower Level Reserved Seats). Front Row VIP TABLES are $750 (sits 10) and Second Row RESERVED TABLES are $500 (sits 10).
Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 19th at 10am at the American Bank Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Fans may go to www.americanbankcenter.com/Boxing to download vouchers for FREE General Admission Tickets or half-price reserved lower level tickets.
Balcony GA: $3.00 or free with Voucher
Visit Americanbankcenter.com/Boxing to print a voucher for free tickets.
Lower Level Reserved Seating: $10 & $20
Visit Americanbankcenter.com/Boxing to print a voucher and receive half off of lower level reserved seating.
Vouchers are only redeemable at the American Bank Center Box Office Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm. Balcony GA and Lower Level reserved tickets are available while supplies last. Other fees may apply. Call 361-826-4700 for more info.
Lopez faced his biggest career test this past May 5th in Las Vegas when he acquitted himself well against Pavlik, the very respected former World Champion from Youngstown, Ohio. Lopez, a Sam Houston State University graduate, saw his stock rise significantly among boxing critics, despite having lost a narrow majority, split decision to Pavlik. The Lopez vs Pavlik non-title fight was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. He returns with a lot more experience and exposure.
“I knew Pavlik was going to be a difficult fight, but it was a chance I was willing to take in order to elevate my own game and challenge myself,” said Lopez. “Even though I lost, I feel I won in many ways. I gained a tremendous amount of experience and now boxing fans everywhere know who Alfonso Lopez is. I walked away with a loss, but come back a much better and valuable fighter because of it.”
Now Lopez wants to avoid a letdown against the veteran Walker. “He (Walker) doesn’t have the best record, but he’s been in with a ton of good fighters and done well in most, whether he won or lost,” Lopez noted about Walker. “He’s coming to knock me out because he knows it would be a big boost to his career to beat a fighter with a record like mine (21-1). The important thing here is to make sure I don’t take him for granted or let up. Every fight is a world title fight for me now because if I lose again, it will be a much longer road to get to a world title opportunity. I can’t afford any slipups.
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The Bedford Agency
Marketing and Media Relations Manager
SMG American Bank Center