An Irving Man Was Gunned Down Sunday in Fight Over Mayweather-Canelo Boxing Match

The stakes were high for Saturday night's fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Mayweather was out to defend his crown as this generation's most dominant fighter. Canelo, hugely popular in his native Mexico, was out to prove his skill by dethroning a world champ. Then, of course, there was the $46.5 million payday.

But the stakes weren't as high as they became in Northwest Dallas early Sunday morning. There, just after 2 a.m., 46-year-old Eliseo Hernandez-Lopez of Irving was shot and killed trying to break up a fight.

According to reports, the fight began as an argument over the Mayweather-Canelo match, which a group was watching at a home in the 3100 block of Talisman Drive. One of the men, who has not been identified by police, briefly left the party following the scuffle. He returned a while later with a gun, which police say he used to pistol-whip Hernandez-Lopez's 23-year-old son while an accomplice bludgeoned him with a beer bottle.

The fight had spilled into the street when Hernandez-Lopez stepped between the gunman and his son.

"It was a childish argument, honestly," Sandy Hernandez, his 16-year-old daughter, told CBS 11. "My dad was trying to break it up and they took it to another level."

She emerged from the house at the sound of the gunshot.

"When I came out my dad was just lying on the ground with blood everywhere," she told the station.

According to police, the gunman drove away in a white 2007 Chevrolet pickup. Mayweather, meanwhile, beat Canelo in a 12-round split decision, taking home a $41.5 million purse.

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