On Friday June 22, 2018, at The Humble Civic Center, Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez beat Francisco “El Volcan” Cordero for The American Boxing Organization, Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title.
The bout was the main event of El Tigre Promotions’ Texas Title Night, benefiting The PTSD Foundation of America, Camp Hope.
Lopez, making his return to the ring after being away for a year, immediately began attempting to find his range and timing against the experienced and unconventional style of Cordero, in round one.
In rounds two, three, and four, Lopez controlled the action but both boxers had moments when they landed heavy punches, and both appeared to have respect for each others power, being careful not to get careless.
As the rounds continued it became more and more apparent that Lopez was taking control of the match with his superior technique and footwork, while Cordero living up to his “El Volcan” (The Volcano) fight name, remained dangerous and unpredictable, erupting with hard flurries of punches that kept Lopez from becoming too comfortable.
Around round seven Lopez appeared to have worked through the rust from his years inactivity and began landing punches at will, while Cordero hung in as best he could.
Round eight saw Lopez landing flush combinations on Cordero while Cordero offering nothing in return on offense but still trying to gamely survive through ten rounds, was finally saved by referee Gary Simons, who called a halt to the bout at 2:38 of round eight. Lopez earned the American Boxing Organization, Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title with his win and as always was gracious and classy in victory as he has been in the past in his few defeats.
The rest of the card results were as follows:
Raphael Igbokwe beat Rudy Lozano in a six round, unanimous decision at 168 pounds
Robert Silva Jr won by second round knockout over Jeremy Parks in a four round bout, fought at 174 pounds
Saul Mendez won by first round knockout over Travion Marshall in a four round bout, fought at 140 pounds
Armando Frausto won by first round knockout over Nicholas Jackson in a four round bout, fought at 125 pounds
Brandun Lee won by second round knockout over Rey Trujillo in a four round bout, fought at 144 pounds
Antonio Williams won a four round unanimous decision over Raymond Chacon in a bout fought at 130 pounds.