Amateur standout, featherweight Efren "Chico" Lopez (1-0, 1 KO), from Fresno, CA, will step in the ring for the second time this year. The 4-round bout will take place on the Vargas vs. Herrera card at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, CA, this Friday December 15, 2017. Lopez will square off against Tyler Marshall.
Lopez age 21, who was an Olympic hopeful with over 200 fights as an amateur, has a tremendous pedigree. He made his pro debut in July of 2016. During the last year he was able to get his (A.S.) degree in phycology and communications. He's trained by Ruben Guerrero Sr., but will be guided by former world champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, for this fight. The Ghost will be making his head cornerman debut.
"I'm ready to get back in the ring and pick up where I left off," said Efren Lopez. "I've been training with Ruben and Robert Guerrero in Gilroy for the last few months, and things are going great. I'm learning a lot and I'll be ready for my fight this Friday."
"Chico is looking more and more like a polished pro with every training session," said Robert Guerrero. "Unfortunately, my dad suffered an injury and won't be able to work his corner this fight. I'll be guiding Efren for this bout, along with my brother Eric. He's ready to go."
Laval, Quebec, Canada - Boxing's newest star, undefeated junior welterweight CLETUS "The Hebrew Hammer" SELDIN, (21-0, 17 KO's) of Long Island, New York arrived in Laval, Quebec, Canada today with his promoter, JOE DEGUARDIA, President and CEO of Star Boxing and trainer PETE BRODSKY, days ahead of his showdown this Saturday night, December 16 against YVES ULYSSE JR., (14-1, 9 KO's) in a ten-round junior welterweight battle live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Place Bell. Seldin vs. Ulysse will open the telecast at 9:40 p.m. ET.
Seldin will be making an almost unprecedented return to HBO World Championship Boxing in back-to-back months due to his exciting and relentless style. Previously only boxing legends Mike Tyson in 1986 and Roy Jones Jr. in 1996 appeared on HBO in consecutive months.
Seldin made his spectacular HBO World Championship boxing debut on Saturday, November 11 with a third-round knockout of once-defeated Mexican veteran Roberto Ortiz at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The fight took place in front of a massive crowd of loyal Seldin supporters affectionally known as "Hamma Heads."
THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY returns with a new edition WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy® winner, who has hosted HBO Boxing since joining the network in 1988, the show is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, news and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing.
The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
Segments on this edition of THE FIGHT GAME include: a review of Miguel Cotto’s final professional fight, with analyst Bernard Hopkins putting his remarkable career in perspective; a 20th-anniversary flashback to the intense Prince Naseem Hamed-Kevin Kelley bout; and a discussion of the sport’s hottest topics with Lampley and Max Kellerman.
Immediately following the show’s Dec. 13 debut, fight fans can log on to hbo.com for an exclusive overtime segment hosted by Lampley.
On December 1st, welterweight prospect Poindexter Knight, Jr. won his anticipated professional debut when he stopped Samuel Forjoe in the first round of their scheduled four-round bout at The Strand Ballroom and Theater in Providence, Rhode Island.
The 2017 National Golden Gloves champion out of Philadelphia landed a hard combination the corner that had Forjoe bending over, and the bout was stopped in just 63 seconds.
Knight is the latest top-prospect to debut for Split-T Management, and he is promoted by Evander Holyfield's Sports and Entertainment.
"Everything went well, I was excited and nervous, but I got through it,"said Knight.
"I thought my opponent would have a little more for me, but I did what I had to do in there and I got him out of there. It was great to get the knockout in my pro debut," continued Knight.
Knight is eager to get his next victory, and he is looking to do in front of his hometown fans.
"I am hoping to fight in front of my hometown fans in 2018. That would be a goal for the upcoming year. I can't wait as I am coming strong in 2018."
Knight is trained by his father Poindexter Knight, Sr, and the elder Knight was happy with his son's performance.
"Poindexter looked relaxed, and it looked like it was his 10th fight. I am happy to be with Split-T Management. They gave us a chance when no one else did. We wanted to turn pro for a while and a lot of managers made a lot of broken promises. I put Poindexter back in the Golden Gloves, and he won, which opened a lot of doors," Said Poindexter Knight, Sr.
"Like my son said, I would like to see him get at least five fights for 2018. That will keep him sharp, and he will continue to learn. We had a great 1st fight, and we will continue to work hard and get better with each fight."
Said David McWater, CEO of Split-T management, "I'm truly excited about Poindexter Knight's future - he has the skill and more importantly the drive to be one of the very best."