DENVER (February 4, 2018) Undefeated Super featherweight Misael ‘IT’S MISA TIME’ Lopez (7-0, 4KO’s) makes his 2018 boxing debut Saturday night, February 10, taking on Luis Avila (5-10-3, 3KO’s) in the scheduled for 8 rounds main event of a fight card promoted by Inside Boxing Promotions (Aurelio Martinez). The Imperium Events Center, 3051 W. 74th Avenue in Westminster, is the chosen venue with a packed house expected to watch the rising Colorado star, as well as the exciting undercard, perform.
The well-documented past of Misael Lopez details him being a standout Denver North High School soccer star who declined numerous D-1 college offers to pursue his passion of boxing. Unfortunately, Lopez was considered ‘undocumented’ although coming to America at 1 year-old and leading an exemplary life. USA Boxing rules inexplicably continue taking undocumented Mexican-American boxers such as Lopez’ money and allow them to compete in local and State tournaments but refuse allowing any Regional or National opportunities to compete. That situation denied Lopez the chance at invaluable Regional, National and quite probably, International competition. The Colorado Golden Gloves (E. Paul Kelly, Jr.) has incorporated their ‘Undocumented Citizen’ category, allowing athletes such as Lopez the opportunity to attain well-deserved exposure State wise but unable to advance to Regional or National competitions.
That atrocity now in his rear-view mirror, Misael Lopez has caught the eye of most Colorado and some national boxing pundits. The ease and smoothness he handles the media is that of a grizzled veteran. A now highly respected prospect who enjoys what he does and is seemingly ‘wiser than his years’, Misael Lopez is your true ‘diamond in the (not so) rough’.
Now 21 years-old with a wife (Brisa Lopez) and 20 months old son (Misael Lopez, Jr.) depending on him, Misael Lopez proudly undertakes the duties associated with being ‘the man of the house’. “I grew up seeing my dad (Evenezer Lopez) provide for our family”, began Misael. “I am the same way. I’d love for my wife to stay home and raise our son but she has a part-time job at her own choosing. I hope to one day be able to have her stay home, me having the income to make that happen. ‘Little Misa’ is a year and a half old now and he’s walking, saying ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ and he’s lots of fun. I come home every day after work and do my part of playing with him and watching my family grow. My intention is to become a World Champion and along the way these boxing paychecks will increase and allow me to direct my complete attention to boxing”. Lopez is employed full-time at Sunflower Construction Company, doing frame and drywall work. It’s a tough, 8 hours work day for him, followed by evening workouts, then home to the family. That doesn’t leave much family time but Misael is focused on doing whatever is necessary to get the job done with the full support of wife Brisa.
Having fights fall thru in both October and November of 2017, Lopez is more than ready to get back in the ring with his unique ability to remain patient allowing him to remain humble. “I’ve been boxing since I was 10 years-old”, says Lopez. “My team (Manager/Coach, Aurelio Martinez and Coach/Dad, Evenezer Lopez) understand what they’re doing and I have complete confidence in them. We’ve been doing this for a long time now so I am always ready for whatever. I put in the work and God has a plan for me. We plan on fighting 5-6 times this year with possibly an IBF title fight or WBC World Youth title fight on Cinco de Mayo, May 4. If that doesn’t happen, we’re just looking for 2018 to be our breakout year and win any title. That will hopefully open a few doors and maybe get that nice promotional contract. I’m always in shape and ready to accept any challenge from 126-130 lbs. 2018 will have me fighting in front of my hometown fans here in Colorado and there’s no rush for us to ‘take our show on the road’. We’re being very patient, the sometimes ‘politics of boxing’ not rushing us into anything we’re not prepared for. I’m afraid of no one but we’re going to be smart about this. If it takes another year or two, that won’t be any problem. Former World Champion Jesus Soto Karass sent me a personal message via Facebook congratulating me on my work after seeing me in California. That was awesome to realize someone of his stature has me on his radar”.
Manager/Trainer Aurelio Martinez: “Misael is a very unique fighter. He listens to and trusts me. I’ve received at least a dozen out-of-state offers for Misa that we respectfully declined. They all want to bring in a fighter to bolster the resume of their fighter and we’re far beyond that. We’ll take our time, be selective and make the right decisions as a team. In Misa’s last amateur fight, we traveled to Indio, California, taking on then USA Boxing #1 ranked featherweight, Genaro Gamez. We lost the fight but the experience was unforgettable. We learn from every outing”. Coach/Trainer/Dad, Evenezer Lopez: “The goals as an amateur are far different than those as a professional, so adjustments were necessary. Training as a professional was, for us, no different than what we do now. We are ready”.
Nutrition has become a large part of every professional athlete and Misael Lopez is on par. “My wife does my meal prep along with ‘My Vision Nutrition’, a company that came highly recommended by former World Champion from Denver, Mike ‘303’ Alvarado. My nutrition plans are pretty much straight, with no supplements being part of my routine. We run the mountains near Denver on a regular basis and I’m in great shape”.
Assessing his opponent, 26 years-old Luis Avila, Misael Lopez has done his homework. “He’s your typical, hard-nosed, Mexican fighter”, begins Misael. “He’ll come straight ahead and try to dictate the pace of the fight. My job will be to change his mind about his game plan. This training camp has been extremely hard with excellent sparring from Ricky Lopez, David Escamilla, Sergio Lujan and others being a tremendous help. Stepping up my game and sparring 5 minutes rounds has really tested my endurance and I love it. The results will be very evident on Saturday night”.
Not surprising, Misael enjoys watching film of past great’s Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (defense and the shoulder roll) and ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard (the complete package). Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez top the list of current fighters he admires. When asked about current World Super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, Lopez declines saying, “I can’t say much about Lomachenko, since I hope to one day fight him”.
Misael Lopez is humble, yet confident. Confident, but not cocky. He’s determined to achieve greatness with making any sacrifice necessary a given. He’s become a man, following in the footsteps of his dad. Put the name Misael Lopez at the top of your ‘Colorado Hot Prospects’ list. He knows where he’s been and knows where he’s going. Humble and Patient, that’s Misael ‘IT’S MISA TIME’ Lopez.
Tickets remain available with VIP table seating limited. For more information call Rick Sandoval: 303-217-3170.