Luis Alberto “El Venado” Lopez makes his second defense of the IBF featherweight world title as he faces Joet Gonzalez in September in Texas.

Lopez returns to the ring for the first time since his explosive TKO victory over Michael Conlan earlier this year. The May bout was his first time defending the belt since taking it from Josh Warrington in late 2022.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez has had mixed results over his past several fights, alternating between winning and losing since his 2019 defeat to Shakur Stevenson. Gonzalez was victorious in his last outing, a unanimous decision against Enrique Vivas in April, and he'll hope to put an end to the recent pattern of following a win up with a loss.

Lopez doesn't think the fight will go Gonzalez's way, however.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Lopez vs. Gonzalez.

Luis Alberto Lopez vs Joet Gonzalez

When is Luis Alberto Lopez vs Joet Gonzalez?
  • Date: Friday, September 15
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. EDT / 3:30 a.m. BST

The fight takes place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

What has been said?

Luis Alberto Lopez:

“We’re going to bring a memorable all-Mexican war to Corpus Christi on Mexican Independence Day Weekend,” Lopez said. “Nothing but respect to Joet, but he’s not leaving Texas with my belt. I guarantee an exciting fight, but the IBF world title will still be wrapped around my waist.”

Joet Gonzalez:

“I am thankful to Top Rank that I am receiving another shot at the world title. I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity and fulfilling my dream. Lopez is an excellent champion, but I’m coming to Texas with every intention on hearing the words, ‘And NEW!’”


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