Isaac Lowe came up short in his final eliminator for the IBF featherweight title as Luis Alberto Lopez claimed the win after an action-packed battle on Friday’s MTK Fight Night, which took place at York Hall in London.
Lowe and Lopez had a back and forth war, but in the end it was who came out on top, dropping Lowe three times on his way to a seventh round stoppage victory.
Elsewhere on the card, there were wins for Charlie Edwards, Elliot Whale, Carl Fail, Shiloh Defreitas, Inder Bassi and Nina Hughes.
It was an extremely quick start, with Lopez (24-2, 13 KOs) dropping Lowe after 10 seconds with the very first shot he threw, before earning another knockdown in round two.
Lowe (21-1-3, 6 KOs) was able to recover and gave as good as he got during the fight, but in the end Lopez proved to be too much, gaining another knockdown in round seven thanks to a body shot, with referee Marcus McDonnell waving off the fight and handing Lopez the impressive win.
Now Lopez is looking ahead to a showdown with IBF champion Kiko Martinez, who last month pulled off a major upset when he knocked out heavily favored Kid Galahad to capture the title.
Lopez said: “I’m very happy to get the win, especially as it’s tough to come to another country and be victorious. I have been training a lot the pats year and this was great for me.
“The punch I have been working on in sparring paid off, so I’m really pleased. I am so excited to win this eliminator, and I want Kiko Martinez next.”