New Haven, CT (September 5, 2023)–World ranked Super Featherweight contender William Foster III will be back in action this Wednesday night when he takes on Misael Lopez at The Probox Whitesands Event Center in Plant City, Fl. Foster was originally scheduled to fight Fradimil Macayo on July 12th but the fight was scratched when Macayo unexpectedly pulled out the day before the fight. Foster versus Lopez will be a 10 round special attraction for the WBA Fedecentro Super Featherweight Title
Foster has a record of 15-0 with nine knockouts. The 29 year-old is ranked number 15 by the WBA. His resume includes notable wins over Sulaiman Segawa (10-0), Angel Suarez (8-2), Jahmal Dyer (9-2), Donald Smith (10-0), world rated and fast rising contender Edwin De Los Santos (13-0) and in his most recent bout he scored a convincing win over respected veteran Avery Sparrow on July 23, 2022 in Philadelphia.
The 27 year old Lopez (Denver, Colorado) will step in the ring with a 14-3 record. He started his career by winning 11 straight bouts which included a victory over undefeated James Wilkins on ShoBox before suffering his first defeat to Jordan White also on ShoBox. Lopez then reeled off three straight wins, including a decision over highly regarded Orlando Gonzalez (18-1). Lopez will be looking to bounce back after dropping his two most recent bouts against top contenders Edward Vazquez, his third appearance on ShoBox, and one time Foster victim Segawa in his most recent outing on May 6th.
“We were definitely disappointed when we got the news that Macayo had pulled out of the bout on July 12 as we were already in Plant City and ready to go! William had worked extremely hard for that fight and left no stone unturned in camp. Not surprisingly, being the true professional he is, he asked if we could get him back in the ring as soon as possible and more importantly in a meaningful fight. We went right back into discussions with ProBox and we were able to secure this date. William kept his foot on the gas and didn’t skip a beat during training. Under the watchful eye of his trainer Luis Rosa the added preparation time has allowed him to really sharpen his skills for this bout. As a team we can’t wait to see the finished product in action. William gets better every time he steps in the ring and he is ready and willing to take on any of the division’s elite. He is already ranked in the WBA and an impressive showing against Lopez will move him one step closer to a well deserved World Title opportunity. His recent victories over Edwin De Los Santos and Avery Sparrow have proved William is amongst the division’s best. Adding a respected name like Misael Lopez to his resume should really catapult William up in the world rankings. William is fully prepared for anything that he sees in the ring. With his exciting and fan friendly style It is just a matter of time before William is recognized as the class of the 130 pound division!”, stated David Dubinsky of DKO Boxing, Foster’s Co-Manager along with Marilyn Rosa. An impressive showing on Wednesday is imperative for the up and coming Foster to take the next step in his journey towards being universally recognized as one of the divisions’ most formidable contenders. Sometimes a change in opponents can cause trepidation for a fighter but the switch from Macayo to Lopez does not seem to faze Foster at all.
Said Foster, “Camp went really well. I sparred more rounds for this fight with the extra time and I sparred with different types of fighters, my coach always pushes me beyond my limits. I’m going to surprise him with my speed and the skills that I have developed over the years and with a victory I am hopeful to get a world title fight next. I’ve been in the business long enough and it’s time to get my shot at the title.”