Mario Lopez thought his fights were, like, secret

Mario Lopez thought his fights were, like, secret

Photo by Joan Allen, courtesy of
Photo by Joan Allen, courtesy of

I got Mario Lopez on the phone for a few minutes this morning on a totally unrelated matter but took advantage of my opportunity to talk to him about his work for EliteXC and his boxing.

FIGHT! Magazine: You did some cageside reporting for [mixed martial arts promotion] EliteXC, is that something that you’d be interested in doing again?
Mario Lopez: I’m a big fight fan. I try to be as diverse as possible, I grew up boxing and wrestling and I do more stuff for HBO, I worked the Hatton vs. Pacquiao fight, I did the international feed and I like MMA as well. The problem is that I was working in Canada at the time and it was killin’ me to come back and forth but hopefully that’s something I can do more of in the future.

FM: I just watched video of your smoker from a couple years back at Wild Card [boxing gym in Los Angeles]. Are you still training with Freddie Roach?
ML: Where’d you see that at?

FM: The power of Google, man.
ML: How’d I look that night?

FM: You were more of a slugger than I was expecting, you kind of wrecked that dude with overhand rights.
ML: I’d like to think that I’ve improved since then. [laughs] I used to think that was kind of underground stuff but now that you can see it online I hope my bosses don’t find out. [laughs]

FM: Did you get much pushback from management or people you were working for who were afraid you’d end up looking like a Hispanic Mickey Rourke?
ML: I didn’t really tell anybody. They know I liked to box but they didn’t know I liked to get in there and spar and compete in fights. [The smoker] was one of those low-key things. I hurt my hand, actually, as we speak, sparring.

FM: Is that weird, the dichotomy of being the middle American housewife’s heartthrob and then mixing it up in the gym?
ML: People don’t expect it and the last thing [boxers] want to do is lose to some kid, right, from Hollywood. I’ve earned everyone’s respect there and I’ve been going there for years now. I work with all the guys, all the pros, and I think I’m a fighter at heart. I like to mix it up, it’s very therapeutic for me. Some guys like to play softball, some guys play in a basketball league, I like to fight.


  1. Fight is the best magazine in the MMA business! Hands Down. But honestly, really? Are you serious with this? Mario might be a “great” boxer however the video I believe you’re referring to is a Joke. Looks like they picked up a guy off the line for Jay Leno tickets.

    • No one said he was a great boxer, Mike, and honestly, his willingness to fight anyone in a smoker or amateur boxing match seperates him from most people who never test themselves at all, personally, professionally, or athletically. Thanks for reading!

  2. Huge Saved By the Bell fan, and I think this actually makes being a Saved By the Bell fan a little less embarrasing, hah

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