Jordan White rose to the occasion on a platform long known for putting prospects through the ringer.
A competitive Showtime-televised junior lightweight scrap saw D.C.’s White surge late in scoring a 6th round stoppage of previously unbeaten Misael Lopez. White scored two knockdowns, the latter of which prompted a stoppage at 2:40 of round six Wednesday evening at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Lopez was quicker to the draw in the opening round, beating White to the punch as both boxers looked to establish their straight right hands. White enjoyed the height and reach advantage but didn’t always put it to proper use against the unbeaten Denver product.
Momentum swung back and forth from there, with White landing right hands in rounds two while Lopez was able to keep pace even when not in his best interest.
White turned the tide late in round three, rocking Lopez during a sequence along the ropes. Lopez managed to recover well enough to take charge in round four, though unable to significantly hurt his opponent.
That would prove to be his undoing.
White continued to wade through Lopez’s crisper combinations to land the more telling blows. None were more damaging than a right uppercut which had Lopez badly hurt in round six. White sent the Denver-based prospect to the canvas in the final minute of round six, fully intent on closing the show once Lopez was able to beat the count.
Lopez was dropped seconds later, this time prompting referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to stop the fight.
White was ahead 48-47 on two of the three scorecards, training 48-47 on the third card at the time of the stoppage. The 23- year old improves to 11-1 (9KOs) with the win, his first since the pandemic as he has been out of the ring since last February. White has now stopped each of his last three opponents.
Lopez suffers his first career defeat, falling to 11-1 (5KOs).
The bout served as the chief support for a quadruple-header headlined by Brandun Lee (21-0, 19KOs) in a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout versus Samuel Teah (17-3-1, 7KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox