(AUG 1) QUINCY, Mass.
- On Saturday night, August 5, three-time world title challenge
Aleksandra Lopes (17-4-2, 1 KO) is taking on former world super
lightweight champion Lisa Garland (15-7-1, 8 KOs) in the
eight-round co-featured event on the "Fight Night at the Bay"
card, largely to try and better position herself for one final
world title shot.
Aleksandra Lopes (L) fighting for
one more world title shot
(Photo courtesy of Takfoto.com)
"Fight Night at the Bay" card,
presented by Granite Chin Promotions, will be held at Marina Bay
Sportplex in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Former New England. welterweight champion Derek Silveira (12-1,
6 KOs), fighting out of Salem (MA), will meet former world title
challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (44-16-1, 18 KOs) in the
eight-round main event.
Poland-native Lopes (17-4-2, 1 KO), fighting out of Marshfield
(MA), is a 37-year-old lawyer who practices in Brockton (MA).
She lost a pair of vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Super
Welterweight title fights to a Pole in Poland, Swede in Sweden.
Last September, Lopes lost a 10-round decision to Ewa Piatkowska
(9-1) in Poland; she dropped a 10-round majority decision in
Sweden to Mikaela Lauren (22-3) in 2014. In 2013, Lopes lost a
10-round unanimous decision in Rhode Island to Tori Nelson
(6-0-3) for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA)
World Welterweight Championship.
The highlight of Lopes' 8 ½-year professional career, thus far,
is her 10-round complete shutout (100-90 X 3) decision victory,
July 30, 2016, to Szilvia Szagbados (13-6) in Plymouth (MA) for
the vacant WBC Silver female welterweight crown. Lopes has also
defeated world champions Yvonne Reis and Kali Reis.
Lopes vs. Garland has world title fight implications for the
winner. "I'd like to position myself for one more world title
shot," Lopes said. "I'm still learning every fight and I haven't
reached my plateau yet. Garland has good experience, she's been
around as long as I've been fighting. I can't afford to lose
this fight, but I've always had that in the back of my mind. I
need an experienced opponent like her to push me, to learn
something new, and I always like to fight at home.
"It's tough to fight here (U.S.) for a world title. You almost
always need to travel overseas. We're limited here because of
the required purse (for the defending champion to come to the
states) and sanctioning fees for promoters in America. Women's
boxing is more popular in Europe, Mexico and parts of South
America. But I have had a very good run and great relationships
with New England promoters, who've put me on their cards.
"I think women's boxing maybe, just maybe, will start changing
if the trend continues as fighters such as Clarissa Shields and
Katie Taylor, women boxers who've made names in the Olympics,
keep turning pro. Amanda Serrano has gotten some good exposure
fighting on television, too. We've had to travel for world title
fights but, hopefully, things are changing for the better."
Other top N.E. boxers will also be in action Aug. 5, including
Iraq War veteran Chris Traietti (23-4, 19 KOs), of Quincy, who
squares off against Nick Lavin (4-5, 4 KOs), of Shelton (CT) for
the vacant New England cruiserweight title in an eight-round
bout. Traietti is also the co-promoter of "Fight Night at the
Fighting on the undercard in six-round bouts are Dorchester (MA)
welterweight Gabriel Duluc (11-2, 2 KOs) vs. Norwalk's (CT)
Shakha Moore (12-23-3, 2 KOs), Quincy's undefeated U.S. Marine
veteran Brandon Montella (7-0, 6 KOs) vs. Florida light
heavyweight "Money" Mike Sawyer (7-8, 5 KOs), and Ireland-native
and Quincy junior middleweight Paddy Irwin (3-0, 2 KOs) vs.
Philly's Demetrius Thomas (0-4). Holbrook, MA welterweight Mike
O'Han, Jr. (1-0) takes on Dorchester's (MA) Daniel Amaro (0-2-1)
in a four-round match.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, priced at $60.00 (ringside), $50.00 (general admission)
and $40.00 (standing room), are on sale and available to
Doors open at 6:45 p.m., first bout 7:30 p.m. ET.
Tufankjian Auto Group and Tobin Scientific are major event
sponsors; additional sponsors include The Chantey, Jack Campbell
Electric, Hancock Tavern, Brennan's Smoke Shop, JN Phillips Auto
Glass and Sheriff Michael Bellotti.