Most trainers take on many fighters, hoping to eventually cultivate multiple world champions. With patience, hard work, and little luck…maybe even the next big name in boxing.
Elite level trainer Ronnie Shields believes he has found a special fighter who has the makings of not only a future world champion, but a superstar as well.
21 year old bantamweight prospect Adam Lopez of San Antonio, TX, has promoters buzzing about his natural abilities; more specifically, the thunder this young fighter possesses in both hands.
“I think Adam Lopez is going to be a superstar of boxing,” claims the veteran trainer. “He is a very dedicated athlete; and in his first fight, he proved that he’s going to be a very exciting fighter.”
On the undercard of the TOP RANK special event, which took place in the Alamo City on February 4th, Adam blew out Richard Hernandez two minutes into the opening round of his pro debut. The San Antonio based fighter knocked his opponent down twice with cracking left hooks to the jaw.
On Saturday, as part of the undercard of the “Kelly Pavlik vs Aaron Jaco” special event, Lopez will face his second opponent who Ronnie feels will be an interesting assignment for his young protégé.
“On March 31st, Adam will be facing a Puerto Rican southpaw named Ramon Bayala. Most young fighters aren’t thrilled about getting in the ring with left-handed opponent, but Adam has been sparring with a lot of really good southpaws in the gym and handling them very well. He’s ready and excited for this fight.”
The experienced trainer believes it’s only a matter of time before the boxing public sees his fighter as one of the top names in boxing.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him fight on Saturday. Adam excites me. I really love working with this kid. He’s a great person and a quiet kid, but he can really punch with both hands. This young fighter is really something.”
After his last fight on the TOP RANK bout sheet, the bantamweight prospect caught the eye of a more than interested bystander.
“After his first fight on the undercard of the Chavez/Rubio event, Bob Arum came up to me and said ‘where did you get this kid? I want this fighter!’ So it’s very exciting when the biggest promoter in the world is looking at your fighter with genuine interest, and we’re looking forward to putting on another spectacular show for him once again.”
“I know the fans are really excited about Adam, so I can’t wait for this event at the Alamodome.”
The Top Rank Live! telecast on the Azteca America network will feature former Middleweight World Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) versus tough Super Middleweight Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs), and featherweight Frankie Leal (17-5-3, 10 KOs), of Calexico, CA, against Russian-born Evegeny Gradovich (12-0, 6 KOs). Texas fighters on the card include unbeatens Ivan Najera (6-0, 5 KOs) and Adam Lopez (1-0, 1 KO).
Tickets are $100 VIP, $50, $25 plus applicable fees and may be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, through in the internet at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Top Rank is promoting in association with Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah Promotions.