Avery Sparrow is one of the fastest-rising stars in boxing. After only 11 pro fights, he is ranked No. 13 in the world among junior lightweights (130 pounds) by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
The 24-year-old Philadelphia scored his biggest win Nov. 30, 2017, when he upset Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez, of Puerto Rico, at a time when Lopez was ranked No. 5 in the world by the WBO. To add to this success, Sparrow accepted the fight on 11 days’ notice and did it on the road in Oxon Hill, MD, in a fight televised by ESPN.
The win over Lopez capped a brilliant 2017 for Sparrow, who also defeated crosstown rival Anthony Burgin and two undefeated opponents, Isaelin Floridan, of the Dominican Republic, and Joey LaViolette, of Canada.