Former WBA super flyweight interim champion, Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion now has a new member added to his training camp: amateur fighter Raul Lopez, who is going to help as a sparring partner. Lopez arrived from New York on Monday in the early morning, and ran with “Torito” at 6AM and sparred at the Pedro Alcazar gym by at 1PM. “He didn’t rest enough, but we wanted to see him in action today” said Concepcion’s manager Damon D’Berry. “He will stay with us until we fly to Las Vegas on August 9” added D’Berry.
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Lopez has Puerto Rican roots, so he speaks very fluent Spanish and immediately adapted to the Panamanian boxing environment. He sparred 3 rounds with Concepcion, then stood by D’Berry to watch another 4 rounds between “Torito” and experienced Armando Cordoba.
Concepcion (13-3-1. 8 KOs) will face Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (21-1, 14 KOs) on August 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, for the WBA super flyweight interim title.