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Keep an Eye on Adam Lopez and Abraham Nova This Weekend – Inside the Ropes Boxing

Abraham Nova and Adam “Blunose” Lopez are causing a stir in the boxing world as both are set to hit 130 pounds live on ESPN on Saturday January 14 from Verona, New York.

“For me, this fight is a must,” said Lopez (16-3, 6 KO) on The Expert Hour presented by on her YouTube channel. “I’ve never been scared of any kind of competition and when I’m facing so many undefeated fighters early in my career I definitely feel like it gives me an advantage. Fighting an undefeated fighter or fighting someone going to their hometown to be on the B-side takes really a lot of confidence to do that and a lot of these fighters have really good records, high KO ratio, but when you look at their boxrec it’s like… i would have the same kind of record if i was fighting these guys.”

Lopez is a legend of Southern California boys. For many, sparring with him is a right of passage. But he just came up short in his biggest fights, with narrow decision losses to Stephen Fulton and Isaac Dogboe, as well as a 7th-round stoppage in a great fight with Oscar Valdez. He wants to change that on Saturday.

His opponent, Abraham Nova (21-1, 15 KOs) from Albany, New York, not too far from the venue, comes in after a year-long hiatus following a KO loss to ITR Boxing Prospect of the Year Robeisy Ramirez. For Lopez, this is another fight with another top guy. For Nova, his first fight ended in professional defeat, and a tough one at that.

Lopez draws confidence from his time sparring with Naoya Inoue in Los Angeles.

“[sparring Inoue] was definitely quality work,” Lopez said of the experience. “It also let me know I’m up there with him…[Inoue] enjoyed my work very much. [Inoue] Everyone from Southern California was there, every top dog you could think of was there… he did two laps with everyone on day one. I only got two rounds and was a bit frustrated…but the next day he told his guys he wanted more rounds with him and he pointed at me.”

The sparring made such an impact that Inoue even stopped other people’s sparring to get more rounds with Lopez.

“[Inoue] really enjoyed the work, he cut other people’s laps to get more laps with me,” Lopez said. “Then last week they asked me if I would be interested in going to his camp in Japan, I guess he’s having a fight in February or April or something.”

This is an extremely high level Crossroads matchup featuring two fighters with a lot at stake. One that should definitely be seen.

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