A national television opportunity to look impressive for the Cotto Promotions fighter Jose Lopez (19-2) (14 KOs) turned into a coming out party for Philadelphia based super featherweight Avery "A+" Sparrow (9-1) (3 KOs). Many thought coming into the fight, a fight Sparrow took as a late replacement, that Lopez was going to be able to use his long reach and punching power to keep the shorter Sparrow at bay.
What actually took place was Sparrow utilized his underrated experience and the fact that he is a well known "gym rat" to take control of the fight from the start. Sparrow, who trains out of the famed Joe Hand Boxing Gym, wasted no time in establishing a jab to both Lopez's body and head. He also used herky-jerky body movement to frustrate Lopez who continued to plot forward without being able to land more than one punch at a time.
Despite being warned early for low blows and for spinning Lopez, Sparrow stayed focused and started to land heavy over hand rights as the fight moved into the middle rounds. Lopez did have some moments, but again was plagued by landing only single shots, without the ability to take advantage due to Sparrow maintaining his momentum with right hands.
As the fight reached the late rounds, Sparrow kept his foot on the gas pedal and made sure that he punctuated the final rounds by landing clean head shots while moving in and out of range and behind jabs. A clearly frustrated Lopez continued to try to win, however as the final bell rang, it was Sparrow who landed one final shot.
Scores for the fight were 96-94 twice and 97-93 in favor of Avery Sparrow. Sparrow closes out 2017 at 4-0, which included a great performance back in June, when he won a close brawl at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. He has now won five fights in a row since losing his only fight as a professional by disqualification.
With this victory, 2018 should continue to be a coming out party for Avery Sparrow.
-Luis A. Cortes III
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