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Top Rank Boxing on ESPN presented by AutoZone: Lopez vs. Gonzalez will be presented live this Friday, September 15, at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT, on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ from American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In the main event, Luis Alberto “El Venado” Lopez will defend his IBF featherweight world title against former two-time world title challenger Joet Gonzalez.
Lopez (28-2, 16 KOs) earned his shot at the IBF title in 2021, dethroning Josh Warrington in his hometown of Leeds, England. In his first defense, the 30-year-old traveled to Belfast and beat Michael Conlan via fifth-round TKO with a dazzling right uppercut. He is now looking to defend his crown against Gonzalez, a division mainstay during the past several years. Gonzalez (26-3, 15 KOs) debuted in the pro ranks in 2012 and was 23-0 before facing Shakur Stevenson for the vacant WBO featherweight title in 2019. The 29-year-old will now have his third opportunity at a world title after defeating Enrique Vivas via 10-round unanimous decision in April.
In the 10-round junior middleweight co-feature, rising Puerto Rican sensation Xander Zayas takes on Mexico’s Roberto Valenzuela Jr. Since signing with Top Rank at 16, Zayas (16-0, 10 KOs) has been on a rapid trajectory to super stardom. The 21-year-old will make his second 2023 appearance after a 10-round unanimous decision win over Ronald Cruz during Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend in June. Valenzuela (21-4, 20 KOs) is a six-year pro and, at 24 years old, is coming off a third-round TKO victory against Daniel Vega in April.
The undercard will air exclusively on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.
Calling the action will be Hall of Famer, Timothy Bradley, Jr., Mark Kriegel, and Bernardo Osuna.
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Lopez vs. Gonzalez (All Times ET)
|Fri., Sept.15||10:00 p.m.||Main||Luis Alberto Lopez (C) vs. Joet Gonzalez||IBF Featherweight||
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+
|Co-Feature||Xander Zayas vs. Roberto Valenzuela Jr.
|Special Feature||Emiliano Fernando Vargas vs. Alejandro Guardado
|Feature||Omar Aguilar vs. Julio Luna
|Undercard||John Rincon vs. Bryan Ismael Rodriguez Rivera|
|Undercard||Jamaine Ortiz vs. Antonio Moran|
|Undercard||Ruben Villa vs. Brandon Valdes
|Undercard||Tiger Johnson vs. Ricardo Quiroz|