Lopez vs Conlan: Date, fight time, undercard, prediction and odds
On a bumper evening of world championship boxing in the UK that sees Lawrence Okolie defend his WBO cruiserweight title against Chris Billam-Smith in Bournemouth, it’s a massive night in the featherweight division in particular as Leigh Wood attempts to win back the WBA belt from Mauricio Lara in Manchester.
Things kick off with Conlan trying to dethrone another Mexican 126lbs champion in Lopez, who stunned Josh Warrington on points in a close fight in Leeds in December to pick up the IBF gold and win a first global title.
The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist is desperate to become a world champion on home soil at the second attempt, having been stopped by Wood in emphatic fashion at the end of an absolute thriller in Nottingham last March, losing as a professional for the first time.
Since then he has been on the comeback trail, outpointing Miguel Marriaga before producing a sensational first-round knockout of former European title-holder Karim Guerfi before Christmas.
Lopez vs Conlan date, start time, venue and ring walks
Lopez vs Conlan takes place on Saturday May 27, 2023 at The SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The undercard is due to begin at 4pm BST, with main event ring walks expected at the earlier time of 9pm in order to avoid a clash with Okolie-Billam-Smith and Lara-Wood 2.
As ever, those exact timings are subject to change, depending on the length of the undercard fights.
Lopez vs Conlan fight card/undercard in full
On Saturday’s undercard, Belfast’s Anthony Cacace defends his IBO super-featherweight world title against Damian Wrzesinski, while Nick Ball puts his WBC silver featherweight strap on the line against Ludomo Lamati.
Dublin’s Pierce O’Leary also defends his WBC International light-welterweight title against Alin Ciorceri of Romania.
Luis Alberto Lopez vs Michael Conlan
Anthony Cacace vs Damian Wrzesinski
Nick Ball vs Ludomo Lamati
Pierce O’Leary vs Alin Ciorceri
Conor Quinn vs Juan Hinostroza
Padraig McCrory vs Diego Ramirez
William Hayden vs Jordan Ellison
Kieran Molloy vs Lesther Espino
Fearghus Quinn vs Ruben Angulo
Kurt Walker vs Maicol Velazco
James Freeman vs Jordan Grannum
Callum Thompson vs Marian Istrate
How to watch Lopez vs Conlan
TV channel: In the UK, Lopez vs Conlan is being broadcast live on BT Sport, with coverage beginning at 6:30pm BST on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers can also catch the action live online via the BT Sport website and app.
Lopez vs Conlan fight prediction
This is the biggest fight in Belfast since the unforgettable nights featuring Carl Frampton, but a hostile atmosphere surely won’t bother Lopez all that much.
The ‘Road Warrior’ earned that nickname for a reason and is no stranger to pulling off results on his travels, just as he showed against Isaac Lowe at York Hall back in December 2021 and in front of Warrington’s passionate Leeds faithful last time out.
Lopez is a canny operator who stunned Warrington with his strong start, showing great ring craft and bouncing back from an awkward cut to fight fire with fire and edge a decision on two of the three judges scorecards.
He will have to repeat that feat against Conlan, who is itching to claim his first world title and consign to history that last-gasp defeat by Wood in which he was on track for a thrilling points victory before being literally punched through the ropes in brutal fashion in the final round in Nottingham.
Conlan got too ahead of himself in that fight, turning on the style but then getting overly confident when he didn’t need to, taking unnecessary risks against a hard-hitting opponent for which he paid the price.
If he can keep his calm here, box sensibly and smartly amid a terrific Belfast backing, then he should have what it takes to edge a close contest on the cards and become a world champion at last.
Conlan to win on points.
Lopez vs Conlan weigh-in results
The weigh-ins for Saturday night’s card are due to take place on Friday. Check back in then for the results.
Lopez vs Conlan betting odds
Lopez to win: 11/10
Conlan to win: 8/11
Lopez to win by KO/TKO: 7/2
Conlan to win by KO/TKO: 6/1
Lopez to win by points or decision: 12/5
Conlan to win by points or decision: 6/5
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).