Luis Alberto “El Venado” Lopez  (28-2) picked up another big win on May 27th when he knocked out Michael Conlan (18-2) at the Odyssey Arena in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. With the victory, Lopez retained his IBF featherweight title.

The 29-year-old Mexican captured the title in his previous fight, a majority decision over Josh Warrington. 

Lopez’s strength and coach Angel “Memo” Heredia is very pleased with his charge’s performance. 

“I am very excited. It was a good fight. We trained very hard in (Las) Vegas. We knew we were going there as the visitor so we knew we were probably also going up against the referee, judges and the public,” Heredia told

According to Heredia, the sky is the limit for Lopez. He also revealed that they would love a showdown against Top Rank stablemate and WBO champion Robeisy Ramírez.  

“At the end of the day hard work always pays off and we did what we had to do. I told him he needed to get a knockout in order for us to relax. We didn’t want to get any bad decision or anything like that.  Thank God everything he went well and now we are looking for Robeisy or any top fighter in the 126 pound division. Venado will continue to improve,” Heredia stated. 

Lopez has now reeled off 11 consecutive wins since suffering a decision loss to Ruben Villa in 2019. 

Ramirez is slated to return to the ring on July 25th in Japan against Satoshi Shimizu on the Naoya Inoue-Stephen Fulton undercard. 

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