Luis Alberto Lopez vs Michael Conlan: Everything You Need To Know

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a top card in Belfast this weekend
07:00, 24 May 2023

Luis Alberto Lopez makes the first defence of his IBF featherweight title in Belfast this weekend when he takes on hometown hero Michael Conlan at the SSE Arena.

Lopez is no stranger to fighting on another boxer’s turf, having edged out Josh Warrington by majority decision in Leeds to capture his belt at the end of last year. 

For Conlan, it’s a second stab at a world title. ‘Mick’ was agonisingly close to picking up the WBA strap against Leigh Wood last year, but was stopped in the 12th and final round despite being well ahead on the scorecards. 

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a top card in the Northern Irish capital. 

Where: SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland

When: Saturday 27th May, 2023

How To Watch: BT Sport. The card will begin at 7pm (BST) with ringwalks for the main event scheduled for 10pm. 

Tale Of The Tape:


Place Of Birth: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Age: 31

Alias: Mick

Record: 18-1 (9)

Height: 5’8’’

Reach: 69’’

Stance: Switch-hitter

Last Fight: Conlan stopped France’s Karim Guerfi, 31-7 (9), in a single round at the SSE Arena in December. 


Place Of Birth: Mexicali, Mexico

Age: 29

Alias: El Venado 

Record: 27-2 (15) 

Height: 5’4’’

Reach: 66½’’ 

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Lopez beat Josh Warrington by majority decision at the First Direct Arena in December.

What They Say:

Conlan: “This is a massive opportunity, fighting for the world title in Belfast is something I’ve always dreamed of and will be taking this opportunity with both hands.

“The SSE Arena will be buzzing, and I will do everything I can to bring a world title home. Credit to Lopez for coming to Belfast, but I am taking his title. He is not prepared for what is coming his way on May 27. Ireland will see a new champion crowned.”

Lopez: “I am a road warrior. Travelling to my opponent’s home country doesn’t faze me.

“I won my world title in Leeds, and now it's time to defend it in Belfast. The louder they cheer for Michael, the harder I will fight. The IBF title will remain in Mexico. May 27 will be a special night for me, and Michael’s fans will go home disappointed.”

Full Fight Card:

Luis Alberto Lopez vs Michael Conlan, IBF world featherweight title

Nick Ball vs Ludumo Lamati, featherweight

Anthony Cacace vs Damian Wrzesinski, IBO world super featherweight title

Conor Quinn vs Juan Hinostroza, super flyweight

Padraig McCrory vs Diego Ramirez, super middleweight

Pierce O’Leary vs Alin Florin Ciorceri, super lightweight 

William Hayden vs Jordan Ellison, lightweight

Kieran Molloy vs Lesther Espino, welterweight

Fearghus Quinn vs Ruben Angulo, middleweight

Kurt Walker vs Maicol Velazco, featherweight

James Freeman vs Jordan Grannum, middleweight

Callum Thompson vs Marian Marius Istrate, lightweight

Betfred Odds:

Lopez: 10/11

Conlan: 20/21

Draw: 14/1

Betfred's Lopez vs Conlan Fight Odds*

*18+ | BeGambleAware | Odds Subject To Change

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