Unbeaten Michael Dutchover
Headlines Sept. 21 In Ontario, CA
Michael Dutchover (10-0, 7 KOs), a fast rising talent in the
junior lightweight division, headlines a prospect rich card
on Friday, Sept. 21, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario,
Dutchover collides with once-beaten Luis Alberto Lopez
(12-1, 5 KOs) of Mexico in the "New Blood" 8-round main
Dutchover, 20, hails from Midland, Tex., but has relocated
to Santa Fe Springs, Calif. to take advantage of the rich
sparring readily available to him in the greater Los Angeles
"I first came out to Santa Fe Springs the summer before my
senior year of high school," Dutchover said. "That's when I
met my current trainer Danny Zamora. He put me in with world
champ Darleys Perez [WBA lightweight]. After that
experience, I knew once I turned professional that I would
want to live and train in this area."
To prepare for Lopez, Dutchover has been clocking rounds
against current WBA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman.
The former cross country standout at Midland High School
credits the elite level sparring for his rapidly evolving
"You have to be patient against guys like Danny Roman," said
Dutchover, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson
Boxing. "He is too skilled for you to walk in there and
think you are going to lay gloves on him. That's been my
biggest growth area. Just learning how to settle into a
patient rhythm and capitalize on angels once I see them."
Dutchover's patience was on display in his latest outing, a
second round, one-punch destruction of Sergio Martinez in
"I was setting him up from the first round," Dutchover said.
"He was leaving himself open and throwing lazy jabs. I sat
on the right moment and delivered a right hand that ended
For his fight against the little known Lopez, Dutchover will
rely on the experience he's built up to this point.
"He has a good record on paper, but I know he hasn't fought
the level of talent that I have," remarked Dutchover. "I'm
heading into the fight with a lot of confidence."