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Prograis vs. Velasco, Lopez vs. Silva on July 14 - ESPN

Fire Fist Boxing Promotions’ William “Baby Face” Silva will challenge undefeated Olympian Teofimo Lopez in a ten round lightweight contest Saturday, July 14 at the Lakefront Arena at the University of New Orleans.

Silva-Lopez opens a Top Rank promoted ESPN telecast headlined by New Orleans’ own Regis Prograis, 21-0 (18 KO’s), against Argentina’s  Juan Jose Velasco, 20-0 (12 KO’s), for the WBC interim junior welterweight championship.

Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil and fighting out of Plant City, FL, Silva has an outstanding professional ledger of 25-1 with 14 knockouts.

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 In his most recent bout, Silva shutout Rogelio Casarez to capture the IBO Continental andNBA World lightweight championships.

The 31-year-old Silva trains under Jose Rodriguez at the Plant City Boxing Gym and made significant strides since his lone setback against Felix Verdejo in 2016.

Widely regarded among America’s best young fighters, Lopez is a perfect 9-0 with 7 wins by knockout. On May 12, Lopez demolished once-beaten Vitor Jones Freitas in 64 seconds.

Born in Brooklyn, NY and based in Davie, FL, the highly-touted Lopez represented his parents’ home country of Honduras in the 2016 Olympics but lost in the opening round eventual silver medalist Sofiane Oumiha of France.

The Silva-Lopez bout is for the NBA World and IBO Continental lightweight titles.

“We’re extremely excited for the opportunity to get William back on a major platform,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing Promotions.

“Lopez is a very talented fighter and we respect his ability but William has a major edge in experience. He’s improved tremendously since his last big fight against Verdejo and I think the boxing world is in for a surprise July 14.”

More information on the card will be available shortly.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Letmaku on 05-18-2018

[QUOTE=fanofbox;18779141]What are you taking about? TR didn't want to make the fight and both promotors agreed to cancel the purse bid for it. Too big of a risk for a flawed manufactured "champion" in Ramirez. You think they're willing to…

Comment by Letmaku on 05-18-2018

War of cherry pickers! Nomaschenko!

Comment by fanofbox on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=Mister Wolf;18778217]Prograis shouldn't have taken the money. Should be fighting Ramirez.[/QUOTE] What are you taking about? TR didn't want to make the fight and both promotors agreed to cancel the purse bid for it. Too big of a risk for…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 05-17-2018

So if Ramirez wins his bs fight & Regis wins his bs fight will they fight each other? Thats all I really care to know. Also eat a dick Bob with your bs.

Comment by _original_ on 05-17-2018

Prograis with Top Rank now? Article was not very informative.

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