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Amari Jones and David Lopez Represent The Bay In Australia

You hear the word world-class talent thrown around, but rarely does it truly mean a fighter who can travel the world based on his talent. Yet, Amari Jones, and “Dynamite” David Lopez, both from Oakland, California, are living up to that billing as they will be spending this weekend in a different part of the world as their boxing talents have taken them to Australia.

Jones (5-0, 5 KOs), who is signed to Devin Haney Promotions, and will be fighting on the ESPN+ undercard portion of the undisputed lightweight world title fight between George Kambosos Jnr., and his training partner, Devin Haney, looks to start his career as well as any other boxer in the modern era, with 6 wins all by way of knockout. Jones turned heads when he stopped Timothy Lee, a tough fighter with a good record, and a fighter who came in shape.

What does Jones do to follow it up, one better, he is facing Ankush Hooda, an undefeated Australia fighter, as Devin Haney Promotions looks to go 2-0 against undefeated Australians on Saturday in America, and Sunday in Australia.

Many esteemed boxing writers told me privately that they see Amari Jones as a future world champion and the face of whatever division he chooses in the next few years. As Jones’ last performance reminded some of shades of Terence Crawford vs. Breidis Prescott, which was the night Crawford went from being an undercard fighter to top-tier talent. Jones still has a ways to go in his development, but his amateur experience along with his growth from sparring and being around one of the best fighters in the world, Devin Haney, has seen Jones grow leaps and bounds each fight.

As for David Lopez (1-0, 1 KO), Mayweather Promotions’ newest signee, who scored a brutal first-round knockout over Lazarus Almaguer (0-1) in his pro debut, will be in Australia not just supporting Amari Jones, but also supporting his teammate, and a fighter his father, a great coach, Kris “Lightning” Lopez is working with, Yoel Angeloni, who will be making his professional debut on this card against undefeated Ken Aitken, who is currently 3-0, with one knockout.

Lopez is one of the Bay Area’s biggest kept secrets. A stud in the amateurs, a myth in the gym, but took a break from the support to play football in high school, only to return to the sport, and turn pro at 17-year-old, like a lot of great fighters do nowadays. Lopez is something special, and one day the world will see it, but for now, he is in Australia for a once-in-a-lifetime type opportunity to help his teammate as well as support his peer.

Many doubt the greatness of the modern bay area boxing scene, but looking overseas at arguably the biggest card currently, only to see, two of the most exciting prospects involved with the promotion. That speaks volumes to the future of Northern California boxing.

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Lukie Ketelle

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