Michael Conlan is one of Irish boxing’s biggest ever stars and he faces a second crack at a world title when he takes on Luis Alberto Lopez.
|Luis Alberto Lopez v Michael Conlan
|SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
|From 22:00, Saturday May 27th
|How to watch
|Luis Alberto Lopez 1/1, Michael Conlan 8/11
The featherweight bout between Luis Alberto Lopez and Michael Conlan is set to take place on Saturday May 27th.
The ring walks for the fight between Luis Alberto Lopez and Michael Conlan are scheduled to happen at around 10pm on Saturday May 27th, although this is subject to change.
Michael Conlan’s home city of Belfast is hosting this fight at the SSE Arena.
The venue is Northern Ireland’s biggest indoor arena, with a capacity of 11,000. Conlan has fought at the SSE on three previous occasions, winning all three.
Conlan’s first bout there was in 2018 and his last two fights have also taken place at the venue, which is part of the Odyssey Complex.
The arena is the premier boxing venue in Belfast and has also hosted fights featuring the likes of Carl Frampton.
This fight will be Luis Alberto Lopez’s third in the United Kingdom, with two previous bouts at York Hall in London and the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
The fight between Luis Alberto Lopez and Michael Conlan will be broadcast on BT Sport in the UK and will be shown on ESPN+ in the United States.
Luis Alberto Lopez’s IBF featherweight title will be on the line for this bout, the 29-year-old won the title in his last bout, a win over Josh Warrington.
This will be Conlan’s second time fighting for a world title, he did so against Leigh Wood in March 2022, where he failed to secure the WBA (Regular) featherweight crown.
Luis Alberto Lopez has a record of 27 wins and two defeats from his 29 professional fights.
The Deer, as Lopez is known, picked up the biggest win of his career when getting the better of Josh Warrington by majority decision in December last year in front of Warrington’s home crowd in Leeds.
15 of Lopez’s 27 victories have come by knockout, while both of his losses have come on the judge’s scorecards.
Those defeats were to Ruben Villa for the vacant WBO International featherweight title in the United States in 2019 and to Abraham Montoya in a bout for the Mexican Pacific Coast super featherweight title in March 2018.
Michael Conlan has a professional record of 18 wins and one loss from his 19 professional fights.
The Irishman had an impressive amateur record, winning bronze at the 2012 Olympic and then gold at the 2015 World Championships before going on to turn professional.
Nine of Conlan’s 18 wins have come by way of knockout and his one loss was also by this route.
His only defeat came at the hands of Leigh Wood in March 2022, losing out on the WBA (Regular) featherweight title in the process.
That bout was voted ESPN’s Fight of the Year, with Conlan ahead on all scorecards before being knocked out in the 12th round.
Conlan has bounced back well from that, with impressive back-to-back victories over Miguel Marriaga and Karim Guerfi, the latest of which came in December last year.
There are no definite fights confirmed for the undercard of this bout between Luis Alberto Lopez and Michael Conlan.
However, IBO super-featherweight champion Anthony Cacace will box in his home city of Belfast for the first time since 2015 with his opponent yet to be determined.
Padraig McCrory will also fight on the bill, in a super-middleweight WBA title eliminator, although again his opponent is yet to be confirmed.