Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez begins preparations for his November bout with Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency

Magnolia, Texas : HCP Barbell

It was a busy day at HCP Barbell yesterday as The Pride of Texas, Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez began preparations for his November 16, 2021 bout against Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency.

Lopez is the ABO, NBA, and WBO/NABO Light-Heavyweight Champion, as well as being ranked 9th by the WBC/NABF and is a former Texas State Light-Heavyweight Champion.
Karpency is ranked 5th by the WBC/NABF and is a former WBA Fedecentro, NABA and Pennsylvania State Light-Heavyweight Champion, as well as holding a notable win over former world champion “Bad” Chad Dawson.

Their bout on November 16, 2021 at The Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe, Texas will surely be a hotly contested battle as Lopez looks to get into the big four, world title picture and Karpency will be fighting to keep his place in world title contention, having previously challenged world champions Adonis Stevenson, Andrzej Fonfara, and Nathan Cleverly.

Also present on at HCP Barbell on yesterday were professional boxers Alicio “Iron” Castaneda and Adam Ealoms, as well as amateur boxers Rafael “Tiger” Medina, Zaaron Pacheco, and Justin Gonzalez, all of whom are also in preparations for upcoming bouts.

Castaneda and Ealoms will be on the Lopez vs Karpency undercard, Zaaron Pacheco and Justin Gonzalez will be fighting at an amateur show in Mercedes, Texas on September 28 and Rafael ” Tiger” Medina is in preparations for his professional debut on a date to be announced soon.

Coach Felix Ramirez was also in attendance on yesterday, working with both amateur and pro boxers, and sharing his vast knowledge in the sport of boxing as well as the business of boxing.

Interview with Josue “El Zurdo De Oro” Morales

An interview with one of my favorite boxers in town, Josue “El Zurdo De Oro” Morales.

Josue is one of the busiest professional boxers in Houston, Texas and he’s also one of the most underrated. He’s consistently fought top level competition and proved that he belongs in the ring with the best in his division, by always performing well.

A skilled boxer with tremendous quickness of hand and foot, balance, footwork, and defense, he’s rarely hit solidly and most of his loses have been by split or majority decision, in the hometown of his opponents.

We covered a variety of subjects in our interview including his approach to the game and a little more about his background.

We also spoke off camera at length and he shared his thoughts on a couple of subjects that didn’t make the video, such as his efforts to get a rematch with former Cuban Olympian, Joahnys Argilagos.

In the May 3, 2021 bout between Morales and Argilagos, the Cuban was able to escape with a majority decision win that was very debatable.

A close look at that match shows that Argilagos rarely landed more than one punch at a time, and many of his punches were blocked or slipped by Morales.