Luis Alberto “Venado” Lopez (26-3) is counting down the days until his September 15th showdown against Joet Gonzalez at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Lopez’s IBF featherweight title will be at stake in the ESPN televised headliner. 

The 29-year-old Mexican has been on a roll of late, stopping Michael Conlan and dethroning then champion Josh Warrington in his previous two bouts. 

If all goes well against Gonzalez, Lopez has his sights set on an even bigger fight. 

“We would love to welcome Inoue to the featherweight division after Joet Gonzalez,” Lopez’s manager Hector Fernandez de Cordova told 

“We know that's the fight we want.  (WBO featherweight champion) Robeisy (Ramirez) is good but can't sell. The one fight that can make money and have good viewership numbers is versus ‘Venado’ Lopez. We are willing to put the title on the line if Inoue is willing to put the nickname to the test!”

Inoue stopped former unified super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton in their July showdown. 

The Japanese superstar appears to be headed towards a December clash against Marlon Tapales which would give him an opportunity to become a two division undisputed champion. 

Invoice also achieved undisputed champion status in the bantamweight division. 

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