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Unbeaten Lopes bidding to join big time

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 March 2017

Stratford cruiserweight Jose Lopes is back in action this Saturday

Stratford cruiserweight Jose Lopes is back in action this Saturday

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Former Dagenham amateur set for ring return

Unbeaten cruiserweight Jose Lopes has always aimed to become a big name on the boxing scene since he first pulled on a pair of gloves.

And after seven straight wins that dream is still alive as the former Dagenham BC amateur looks forward to scoring another victory at York Hall on Saturday night.

“Of course I am still chasing this dream of mine. Believe me, when the time comes I won’t be denied,“ said the towering six foot three inch prospect.

The 26-year-old Lopes is booked for a 10-round tussle with hard-hitting Willesden rival Ossie Jervier on the Kevin Campion promotion in Bethnal Green this weekend.

Having just one bout since January last year – his career-best points win over Russ Henshaw at York Hall in September – hardly seems a title schedule.

But the fighting student – who in the past concentrated on his studies at the University of East London – is determined to make up for lost time and boost his ring career.

“I can’t wait to get back in action under those lights again,” added the Angola-born Lopes, who represented the African nation in amateur international competitions.

Opponent Jervier is guided by Tunde Ajayi at Canning Town’s Peacock gym and launched his pro career with three good wins.

That form came to a halt with two defeats last year, but the second was a single-point points loss against Karl Wheeler at York Hall in October.

That win set Wheeler up for a Southern Area title contest against Newham’s explosive Wadi Camacho at York Hall on Saturday week (March 18) where they meet for the vacant belt.

A meeting with the winner of that showdown looks an obvious opportunity for Lopes, particularly a showdown with local rival Camacho, assuming he comes through a winner himself on Saturday.

The future could be looking bright for the boxer and part-time model known as ‘The Look’ who started his amateur career at Newham’s Fight for Peace club before moving to Dagenham’s Heathway gym.

The Southern Area light-heavyweight title clash between Jordan Joseph and Chris Hobbs tops the York Hall bill on Saturday where Arfan Iqbal, Adrian Martin, Darrell Church, Nick Parpa and Sam Barron are also billed for action.

Saturday’s card launches a hectic week for local boxers with a Matchroom show at York Hall on Friday, March 17 headlined by unbeaten rivals Alan Higgins and Craig Richards meeting for the Southern Area super-middleweight title.

The St Patrick’s night bill also features Isaac Chamberlain, Ben Hall, Reece Bellotti, Felix Cash and Danny Dignum.

And on the same day MTK promotions stage the first of six shows booked at the Brentwood Centre, including brothers Sonny and Paul Upton, the back-in-action Colin Lynes, Freddie Turner, Billy Allington and Charlie Duffield.

*Boxers chasing England Boxing’s senior elite titles aim to eliminate their London rivals as the championships get underway this month.

The senior elite weigh-in is on Saturday, March 18 (10am-noon) at the Mencap Building, 676 High Road, Tottenham N17 OAE and preliminary bouts take place on March 23 at the Tottenham Centre, 701 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AD at 7pm.

The same location hosts the London semi finals a day later, while the finals will take place at the Harrow Leisure Centre, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow on Thursday, March 30, with a 7pm start.

*Dagenham boxer Sonny Flack travelled with his coaches and family all the way to Gosport, near Portsmouth on Saturday after being matched on a local show.

But when he arrived he found his opponent was half a stone above the stipulated weight so the whole group had to travel home after wasting a day and a 250-mile round trip.


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