Ray Ximenez Jr. vs. Luis Alberto Lopez
Headlines Feb. 28 From Toppenish, Wa.
Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions heads to the great
Northwest for the first time, presenting its third event
live-streamed on UFC FIGHT PASS®, on Thursday, February 28,
from the Event Center at Legends Casino Hotel in Toppenish,
The newest member of RJJ Boxing's growing stable of
fighters, Ray Ximenez, Jr. (18-1, 4 KOs) squares off with
his gritty Mexican opponent, Luis Alberto "El Venado" Lopez
(16-1, 8 KOs), in the 10-round main event for the vacant
World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Featherweight
Ximenez vs. Lopez will headline a card to be streamed live
on UFC FIGHT PASS, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. The
show is the third under a new agreement between Palicte's
promoter, RJJ Boxing, and FIGHT PASS, to live stream up to
72 professional boxing events over the next three years.
Riding a five-fight win streak, Dallas product Ximenez
(18-1, 4 KOs) was a standout amateur boxer, compiling a
120-9 record, highlighted by three gold-medal performances,
both in the National P.A.L. Championships and Ringside World
Championships. A six-time Dallas Golden Gloves champion,
Ximenez started boxing at the age of 10 and he also captured
gold at the 2009 Silver Gloves National Championships and
Junior Olympic National Championships. He represented and
captained Team USA at the 2009 Youth World Junior Olympics.
The 25-year-old Ximenez (pictured here), who is the former
Texas State featherweight champion, won a 10-round unanimous
decision in his most recent action against 111-fight veteran
German Meraz last July.
Lopez has won four in a row. His most notable career win was
a 10-round unanimous decision over 10-1 Christian Bielma, on
October 28, He will be fighting outside of his native Mexico
for the first time in his 3-1/2-year pro career.
"I feel very motivated for the opportunity to fight on UFC
Fight Pass against such a great fighter like Ray Ximenez,"
Lopez commented. "I took this fight because I am 100-percent
confident that I can defeated Ximenez and become the new WBO
International featherweight champion. I want to thank
Legends Casino Hotel for inviting us and Roy Jones Jr.
Boxing Promotions for the opportunity."
Also scheduled to fight on the card, all in four-round
matches, are OR light heavyweight John Peak (3-0, 1 KO) vs.
Tacoma, WA's Juan Jackson (1-0), Kent, WA junior
welterweight Shae Green (3-0-1, 1 KO) vs. Medford, OR's
Gerardo Esquivel (0-1), Fairbanks, AK light heavyweight
Taylor Shirley (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Vancouver, WA''s Luis Iniguez
(1-1-1), Bonney Lake, and Pasco, WA light heavyweight Roman
Avetisyan (0-1) vs. Moldova-native Alex Cazac (0-2),
fighting out of Portland, OR, and Roman Avetisyan (7-0. 5
KOs) vs. Antonio Neal (4-0, 3 KOs), of Granger, CA, in a
battle of unbeaten prospects.