SAN ANTONIO – Raymond Ford spoke back neatly Saturday nighttime to the toughest test of his short but promising profession.
The undefeated featherweight prospect dropped Juan Antonio Lopez twice, as soon as apiece within the first and seventh rounds, on his method to a seventh-circular stoppage on the Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith undercard at Alamodome. Referee Mark Calo-oy stopped their scheduled eight-round junior light-weight bout at 1:14 of the seventh circular, simply after Lopez received up from the 2nd knockdown of their combat.
Ford’s correct hook dropped Lopez to at least one knee with 1:57 to head in that seventh circular. Lopez reached his toes and wanted to continue, but Calo-oy decided he had taken enough punishment right through what primarily turned into a one-sided fight.
The 21-yr-historical Ford, a 2018 country wide Golden Gloves champion from Camden, New Jersey, upped his list to 8-0 and produced his fourth knockout.
The 26-yr-ancient Lopez (15-8, 6 KOs), a local Mexican who resides in Dallas, is 3-6 in his past 9 fights. He misplaced by means of knockout or technical knockout for just the second time in eight years as a professional.
Lopez got here to fight, but Ford proved almost immediately that he’s the enhanced, sharper fighter. He dropped Lopez the first time Saturday nighttime with a correct hook, which despatched Lopez to the canvas with 15 seconds ultimate within the first round.
Lopez attempted to force Ford thereafter, yet Ford commonly made him pay the fee.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may also be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.