For boxing fans anxious to get a jump on the sport’s rising stars, Showtime’s Shobox has long been must-see television. On Friday night, the program continues with a clash of promising, undefeated contenders at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, as Adam Lopez (14-0, 7 KOs) faces Mario Munoz (16-0-1, 10 KOs). The WBC Fedelatin Super Bantamweight belt will be up for grabs.
Adam Lopez is coming off from a Round 2 TKO of Eric Aiken, a one-time titlist turned trial horse, last December. Lopez’s other notable wins came against fellow unbeatens Pablo Cruz and Eliecer Aquino. Munoz will almost certainly be the toughest competition he’s faced to date.
A native of Guadalajara, Munoz’s biggest fight to date was a No Contest in 2012 with former champion Moises Flores. Munoz received a deep cut to his forehead from an accidental headbutt and the doctor stopped the bout prior to the end of Round 4. The crowd at the Guadalajara Expo rioted.
Other notable wins for Munoz came against Mario Briones in 2012 and Oscar Arenas last March. This will be a Munoz’s first fight in the United States, a fact he made note of in comments provided to the press on February 11: “I’ve been waiting a long time to fight in the United States and to fight on a big event, and here I am, headlining on National television in Atlantic City.”
Both these fighters are just 25, with a tremendous amount to gain here. Expect a hard-fought scrap. In his own comments, Lopez noted that Munoz fights “a traditional Mexican style” but “can box a little bit.” He promised a “30-minute shootout” and a “real fan-friendly fight.”
For his own part, Munoz did note that “I’m a boxer that is smart. If I have to go toe-to-toe I will, but I will box smart. I like to fight.”
When boxing fans have a chance to watch two young prospects, at the same point their careers, it’s a rare opportunity. These fights are the life-blood of the sport.