Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe Prediction: A War in Store



Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe Prediction: A War in Store

Two of the world's best 125-pound boxers go toe to toe in Verona, New York — and our Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe prediction is that whichever of these warriors can secure a victory and leave the ring with the IBF world featherweight belt will become a household name. 

Considering that both of these fighters bring impressive punching power for their weight class, we believe that someone's lights are going to get put out this weekend — and our Lopez vs Abe prediction will make it clear which guy is most likely to get that spectacular finish.

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Luis Alberto Lopez Preview

Luis Alberto Lopez — a Mexican boxer with a 29-2 professional record, which includes 16 KO victories — has become the IBF world featherweight champion by butchering his last 12 opponents (including the legendary Mick Conlan) with relative ease. This winning streak has included some devastating knockouts that display Lopez's insane punching power. 

Lopez enters every fight feeling confident that he can knock out his opponent — and for good reason. Yet, what might be most impressive is that Lopez isn't afraid to take a punch in order to land one of his own. 

While he doesn't have the greatest head movement, our Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe prediction is that Lopez will feel confident walking Abe down in the early rounds, not worried about whatever offense is coming back in his direction. 

This will undoubtedly lead to violence — and likely a knockout by either fighter.

Reiya Abe Preview

Reiya Abe — a Japanese boxer with a 25-3-1 record, which includes 10 KO victories — earned his IBF world featherweight title opportunity by being a puzzle that's extremely difficult for his opponents to solve. 

What stands out first when watching Abe fight is how tall he is compared to most of his opponents — which will remain the case against Lopez this weekend.

Abe would be wise to utilize the three inch height advantage he has against Lopez — especially because throwing off Lopez's rhythm with constant jabs should keep his power at bay enough for Abe to steal some rounds. 

Yet, our Lopez vs Abe prediction is that this fight is still going to be difficult for Abe, regardless of the height advantage — but Abe might manage to shock the world and go to sleep Saturday night as the new IBF world featherweight champion. 

Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe: Lopez By Lights Out 

Our official Luis Alberto Lopez vs Reiya Abe prediction is that Lopez will win by knockout. 

Considering the impressive form that Lopez has shown of late, we believe that his power will prove to be too much for Abe to handle. Especially since Lopez by KO can be grabbed right now at +135, we love the value that backing Lopez's power will bring you.

For that same reason, we also feel confident that the Fight Will Not Go the Distance (currently at +125) is another solid bet for you to make. 

Expect fireworks when these two world class featherweights start trading blows on Saturday night!

Grant Young is a sports writer from San Francisco. He has had two professional Muay Thai fights: he got knocked out in one, and got a knockout in the other. When it comes to his favorite fighters, it's Israel Adesanya, and then it's everyone else.