Tony Lopez Day One TRU
By Roberto Montano
Hardship. It’s a mind state. It’s a way of life for some. And its motivation. Boxers-fighters know hardship. From lack of local support, not getting enough fights to the day to day struggle of being an up and coming fighter in America. Throw in all the other obstacles that the world offers and you have dreams fizzle before they start. Well this isn’t one of those cases for one local boxer. On July 15 in Chandler Arizona Tony Lopez will step into the ring at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino looking to make another step in a journey that has taken many twists and turns.
Juan Antonio Lopez born in Mexico, coming over as a small child found love and comfort in amateur boxing winning multiple championships around Texas while fighting out of the Reyes boxing club under the watchful eye of coach Tony Cabello and trainer Vince Reyes. He chose the right gym for himself with Reyes Boxing Club spawning the pro careers of many top fighters in the Fort Worth area and having a great record in the amateur ranks. Tony proved to have many ups and downs in the amateurs but that was just practice for the realization of what happens in the pro ranks. Starting in late November 2012, where he debuted under the Standing 8 Promotions banner with a KO, Tony went on a fight rampage fighting 7 more times in 2013. Starting out 2014 with two wins he looked to be on solid ground with a bright future ahead. Then the boxing life many before him have felt showed up for a visit and reared its ugly head. After a solid when over undefeated Isaac Lopez (5-0-1,3KO) where he picked up the WBC Youth Intercontinental Bantamweight Title in a good fight he lost for the first time via a close Split decision loss to another undefeated fighter Oscar Cantu. Due to number of issues Tony sat on the shelf for over a year and half waiting to fight again.
Not exactly the momentum he was looking for after such a fast start. While sitting out due to promotional issues he worked on himself, staying fight ready and building his family. He lived the life most normal blue-collar workers face. Work, gym, family. Day in and Day out. This changed on May 21st 2016 as Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions picked up Tony to fight on a card in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight saw a very quick ending as Lopez highlight Knocked out the then undefeated (11-0, 4ko) Jerren Cochran. That put him in line to fight for a showdown with undefeated Stephon Young for the WBA-NABA bantamweight title and a world ranking on Sept 30th on a Showtime televised fight. Young and Lopez went toe to toe in an all fight. It was back and forth action from the start. It was close and in the end the outcome was a majority decision lose but the experience Tony got could not have been a more uplifting experience for the young fighter.
After taking a short break to regroup he came back into the ring on April 27th and won a Technical decision over tough Ranel Suco (16-8-2, 7ko) for another title this time the WBC USNBC super bantamweight title putting him on a direct course for this upcoming fight against Former World champion (27-5, 13ko) Rico Ramos. This fight 10 round fight will be the co main event for another Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions card that will be headlined by someone you will get to know later. Tony, while young has grown into a veteran in the ring taking on all challengers while taking losses and earning his stripes. All Fort Worth eyes are on Tony’s fight to see him rise to the occasion where the third time may very well be the charm.
Where do you think you will be at after this fight Saturday? Simple and Sweet. Tony replied, “I will be ranked Top 10 in the world.” Quite an answer but understanding of the importance of this fight. I came back with a follow up question. What is the greatest motivation for this fight on Saturday? Without a second thought, he answered. “greatest motivation is my three-year-old Jedidiah. I came up from the mud. I need to help him break the cycle of being average and just getting by. I want to set him up for success.” Now if that not something you can agree or side with, then the pro fight game is not for you. I finally asked him one last question. What do you have to say to your family, support, and the fans? “To my family and everyone that supports. I can’t thank you all enough. Everyday someone different messages me and inspires me in some different way. I thank you. And to the haters, your motivation is much appreciated. Good and bad it all fuels the flame.”
Tony is on the doorstep to success in life and boxing. From a short but productive amateur career to the top in his young professional career. Tony has shown not only a fighter’s spirit but shown he has the tools to be a success in and out of the ring. While this may be his toughest test to date in the ring, I have no doubt he will be a force to be reckon with for the formidable future in our sport of boxing. Team Tony Lopez no matter what, a TRU professional and Day 1 TRU Boxing Head.
Watch Tony Lopez versus Rico Ramos live on Facebook: FightNight Live. The stream will start 9:45 Central Standard Time.