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CORPUS CHRISTI - His record is unblemished. But it's hard to find a defining moment in Alfonso Lopez's boxing career.

At 18-0 with 15 knockouts, only seven of those victories have come against fighters with winning records. Four of those now sport double digits in the career loss column. Lopez says it's not because he and his team haven't wanted tougher fights.

"We've tried to fight a couple times on ESPN. We try to find better opponents, but it doesn't pan out," he said. "I'm not the type of fighter people want to take risks with, and I can't blame them. I don't make no fight easy."

Nor does his next opponent, Gabriel Holguin. A veteran of nearly 10 years, he comes into Saturday night's bout at the American Bank Center with a 25-7 record. Holguin fought at 218 pounds just a year ago, a six-round unanimous decision loss to Kingsville's Homer Fonseca at Harlingen Field. "Hurricane" will have to make the light heavyweight limit of 175 for this one. He's been knocked out just once in his career.

"Obviously, he's got a world-class chin, or he's just very tough and strong," Lopez said. "I just think to get in the ring and box somebody that's just going to box you and not try to rough you up, throw you around the ring and head-butt you, it presents a challenge. I think it's going to be a good boxing fight. Two tough Mexicans in there, it could turn into a war."

One where victory, could mean new opportunity for Lopez.

"I'm trying to get it done this year. I'm looking for a big fight this year," he said. "I think my team will get it, but I've just got to be patient. I think we're going to get through this fight, get a big win, look impressive and look for something big because I'm ready."

"I just think it will be kind of a break, something that just kind of happens, you know? A guy falls out of a TV show, 'hey, we need someone who can make 168 or someone to fight at 175. Let's call him,' And me, just being ready and being in shape. I think that's how my opportunity may come."


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