Ganigan Lopez will fight at his heaviest weight yet in hopes of spoiling the party for a rising prospect.
The former junior flyweight titlist will enter his fourth career weight division on the heels of a two-year layoff, facing Colombia’s Jose Soto. Both boxers made weight for their regional title fight, which headlines a Boxeo Telemundo telecast Friday evening at Deportiva Oceania in Lopez’s hometown of Mexico City.
Lopez weighed 114 pounds—nearly two pounds more than his previous fight—while Soto (15-0, 6KOs) weighed 113 pounds for his first career fight outside of Colombia.
Both boxers are coming off lengthy layoffs heading into their crossroads bout. Soto has fought just three rounds in the past 26 months, having last appeared in the ring in a first-round knockout of Argel Berrio last October in Galapa, Colombia.
Lopez (36-11, 19KOs) has been out since a competitive eight-round points loss to former flyweight title challenger Muhammad Waseem in November 2019, on the road in Dubai. The Mexican southpaw—who turns 40 in November—weighed 112 ¼ pounds, with Friday marking his third straight fight above junior flyweight where he enjoyed a 14-month reign as WBC champion before losing the belt to then-unbeaten Kenshiro Teraji in May 2017.
The bout will air live on Telemundo beginning 12:00 a.m. Eastern and 11:00 p.m. Central and local time.
Below are the weights for the full undercard, with select bouts airing after the main event via slight tape delay.
Ivan "Tsunami" Garcia, 111 pounds vs. Mario "Mayonesas" Andrade, 110 pounds—8 rds, flyweight
Brandon "Raton" Jimenez, 113 pounds vs. Kevin "Avispa" Cisneros, 113 pounds—6 rds, junior bantamweight
Javier "Fantasma" Calderon, 108 pounds vs. Aaron De La Cruz, 108—4 rds, junior flyweight
Brian Axel Mora, 152 pounds vs. Axl Melendez, 152 pounds—4 rds, junior middleweight
Vicente Barush Granados, 144 pounds vs. Luis Amauri Gonzalez, 145 pounds—4 rds, welterweight
Juan Valdez Palma, 107 pounds vs. Luis "Tito" Gonzalez, 107 pounds—4rds, junior flyweight
Anthony Andres Fortozo, 124 pounds vs. Eric Pabon 124 pounds—4 rds, featherweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox