WBO junior flyweight titleholder Angel Acosta is scheduled to return to action on a DAZN-streamed card on March 30, and now we know his opponent.
The RING reports that Puerto Rico’s Acosta (19-1, 19 KO) will face Mexican veteran and former WBC titleholder Ganigan Lopez (35-8, 19 KO) at the Fantasy Springs in Indio, California. Several prospects are also expected to be featured on the card.
Lopez, 37, won the WBC belt in March 2016, beating Yu Kimura by majority decision on the road in Japan. He successfully defended at home in Mexico City against Jonathan Taconing four months later, before dropping the title in May 2017 to Ken Shiro in a return to Japan.
Lopez tried to regain the title a year after that, in May 2018, but was knocked out in two rounds by Ken Shiro in the rematch, a much different result from their first encounter, which ended in a very tight majority decision.
Lopez last fought in November, defeating club fighter Ricardo Rodriguez over 10 rounds in Mexico. The veteran will surely be the heavy underdog against Acosta, who is almost 10 years his junior and a big puncher at the weight, with his only loss coming in 2017 to Kosei Tanaka. He’s since won three straight, stopping Juan Alejo, Carlos Buitagro, and Abraham Rodriguez.