Lopez Vs Martin: Start Time, Date, TV Channels

Lopez-Martin headlines a loaded quadruple-header LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes & ESPN+ at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT

Junior welterweight contender Teofimo Lopez will have a new “Heisman Night” foe. Jose “Sniper” Pedraza contracted a non-COVID-related illness, and Lopez will now face former European champion Sandor Martin on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Madison Square Garden.

Lopez-Martin, scheduled for 10 rounds, is a final eliminator for the WBC world title.

Brooklyn native Lopez (17-1, 13 KOs), the former lightweight king, made his junior welterweight debut in August with a seventh-round stoppage over Pedro Campa. He hopes to become a two-weight world champion in 2023, but the WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender must first defeat the slippery Spanish southpaw. Martin (40-2, 13 KOs), who hails from Barcelona, ​​authored the 2021 Upset of the Year when he stunned Mikey Garcia by majority decision and sent the four-weight world champion into retirement. Martin, ranked in the top 15 by all four major sanctioning organizations, followed up the Garcia triumph with a 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Felix in April.

TEOFIMO LOPEZ VS. SANDOR MARTIN DATE, START TIME

  • Date: Saturday, December 10
  • Card start time: 9.00pm ET / 2.00am GMT
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 11pm ET / 4am GMT
  • The fight will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK, and for viewers in the US they can watch it LIVE on ESPN+
  • The fight will be staged at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
  • The preliminary card is set to get underway at 9.00pm ET / 2.00am GMT with the Lopez vs. Martin ringwalks scheduled for 11pm ET / 4am GMT.

“We wish Jose Pedraza a speedy recovery, but we look forward to facing Sandor Martin. He was the opponent we originally wanted for Heisman Night at Madison Square Garden,” Lopez said. “I will continue to silence the doubters as I take over the 140-pound division. I look forward to giving my hometown fans a special night of boxing.”

Martin said, “I’ve dreamed of fighting in a main event at Madison Square Garden. This is my time. I’ve taken the risk, and I will take control against Teofimo Lopez on December 10th. I will give the fans what they want to see.”

This is what Lopez had to say on Tuesday:

“This means everything to me. I won my first world title at Madison Square Garden. Who can say that? It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I always heard from Frank Sinatra himself, ‘If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere,’ and what better place than the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. To me, I believe that’s where legends are born – they are not made there, but they are born there.”

On last time fighting @ MSG vs. Richard Commey:

“That was three years ago, before the pandemic and all of those things that happened, but honestly, I’m so grateful for it. The Arena was packed that night and you could hear everyone from New York, from all different parts – East Coast and West Coast – just coming out with support, and even from Ghana. He was the champion at that time. For the ring walk, I was literally jumping around and looking around the whole arena absorbing and taking it all in – enjoying the moment. I’m a showstopper. I’m a performer. And at the end of it, fighting at Madison Square Garden, you’re going to see that.”

On first time headlining at Madison Square Garden:

“This is a huge moment for me. This is a moment of a lifetime. This is equivalent to my first world title. These are the things I’m really looking forward to. This is my home. My hometown, my home field, and we are really looking forward to putting on a show for everyone on December 10th.”

On favorite Garden moment:

“They’re all my favorite, but it was my fifth fight, and I believe my second time fighting at The Garden against Ronald Rivas. This is when my name really started to pop. It was my first time fighting in the big room at Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks play. It was the undercard of Terence Crawford vs Felix Diaz, and I just set this guy up perfectly – it was so nice. I dipped, dipped, and rolled, and I hit him with a mean hook, and just put him down perfectly. It was a perfectly placed punch. I felt at that moment when I looked at him that I could have had some coffee before I threw the punch. It just felt like slow motion at that moment. It was right there I believe where the Takeover turned into full effect and at what better place than Madison Square Garden.”

Lopez-Martin tops a televised quadruple-header airing immediately after the Heisman Trophy Ceremony at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. Heavyweight sensation Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson aims for his 13th straight knockout against the battle-tested Jerry “Slugger” ForrestPuerto Rican junior middleweight star Xander Zayas steps up in class against 28-fight veteran Alexis Salazarand 2020 Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis looks to jumpstart his world title ambitions in a lightweight duel versus Juan Carlos Burgos.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with OPI Since ’82, tickets starting at $51 are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

LOPEZ VS. MARTIN FIGHT CARD

  • Teofimo Lopez vs Sandor Martin; For the vacant WBO International title
  • Jared Anderson vs Jerry Forrest; Heavy weight
  • Xander Zayas vs Alexis Salazar; Super welterweight
  • Keyshawn Davis vs Juan Carlos Burgos; Lightweight
  • Jahi Tucker vs Ivan Pandzic; welterweight
  • Bruce Carrington vs Juan Tapia; Featherweight
  • Mike O’Han Jr vs Delante Johnson; junior welterweight
  • Frederic Julan vs Joe Ward; Light heavy weight
  • Damian Knyba vs Emilio Salas; Heavy weight

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