|Lopez Breaks The Jaw And Spirit Of Ortiz
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (June 26, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
a bruised and battered face and a quickly swelling left eye,
lionhearted boxer and newly crowned WBC Silver Welterweight title
Champion, Josesito Lopez 30-4 (18) of Riverside, California came to
fight against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz 29-4-2 (22) at the renowned
Staples Center in Los Angeles, California this past Saturday evening.
And fight he did. The constant exchanges between the two Mexican
American Welterweights were heated, fierce, rapid paced, and
unforgivingly brutal as Californian boxing fans were treated to a
breathtaking night of captivating boxing and definitive, clear cut
victory minus any controversy. Their bout began somewhat tentative
from the opening round, but quickly picked up the pace as both
fighters chose to throw caution to the wind and let the leather fly
with crushing body blows, digging uppercuts and head jarring jabs and
counterpunching leads that left the crowd in attendance electrified
and those watching from home at the very edge of their seats. Prior
to the fight Lopez stated candidly that his upcoming contest against
Ortiz, “Smells like an upset.” In a true back and forth and total
drag out brawl, Lopez fulfilled this prophecy when in the 9th Victor
Ortiz could not continue due to a broken jaw administered in vicious
fashion by a crushing left hand landed on Ortiz’s jaw, as Lopez won
by TKO victory at 3:00.
broke down a game and determined Ortiz throughout the night, drilling
the 25 year old with piercing body shots that wore down the southpaw
who was scheduled to face Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
40-0-1 (29) on September 15th for the WBC Light Middleweight strap. Alvarez was in attendance to
witness Ortiz’s recent loss and seemed thoroughly entertained,
clapping for the victorious Lopez, as he looks ahead for a
replacement opponent with Victor out of the loop now. Let’s just
hope that his replacement isn’t as worthy and challenging as Lopez
was for Ortiz, or we could have another devastating upset in the
works. Yet Alvarez is a whole different animal than Ortiz is, so that
shouldn’t be a concern for the rising star. Lopez came to win and
was far from just an opponent for Ortiz in a fight where he showed
his lion’s heart and battered Victor Ortiz, although Lopez took
just as much as he gave; a visual fact that remained obvious and
could be read all over his swollen and black-and-blue face after the
stats of the evening showed a pretty even playing field more or less
between the two, with Ortiz and Lopez trading shot for shot in an
epic drama in the ring that definitely should be thrown in the hat
for “Fight Of The Year” at this point, as suggested prior to the
contest by Showtime commentator and recent BHOF inductee Al
Bernstein. Ortiz vs. Lopez brought back everything that is still good
about boxing. The thrilling anticipation of fight night. The tense
and high profile weigh-in, where the sparks started to ignite early
when both boxers were already geared up for battle and supercharged,
almost parrying blows in front of an enthralled public while tipping
the scales in their favor through their very fists. As Victor Ortiz
exited the arena and headed back to his dressing room, clearly in
pain and possibly a little shocked at the events that unfolded in a
fight he was expected to dominate in dramatic fashion, a smiling and
confident Josesito Lopez spoke calmly and with an even keel about his
hard fought win. When questioned on who he would fight next, Lopez
simply said, “As long as I’m ready I’ll take anybody.” He
absolutely took on Ortiz in a slugfest that will not be easily
forgotten in the minds of avid boxing purists for a long time to
knew it was a close fight,” admitted Lopez. Dubbing himself “The
Mexican Paul Williams” after his triumph over Ortiz (who fought a
valiant effort even in defeat), Josesito has endeared himself to a
hungry boxing public that has lost its appetite somewhat for the
sport since being served cold leftovers in terms of repeated PED
controversy among its competitors and the failure of top level
competitions and challenging title defenses being made mandatory in
boxing. Lopez is a breath of fresh air in a forum that was starting
to begin to smell all too stale. His latest victory and spectacular
boxing display has burned an indelible mark on the boxing landscape
as his worth in the sport has now been multiplied that much further.
One can only hope that Josesito Lopez takes all the hard work and
dedication that he has put into the sport into account as he looks
ahead to future opponents and even bigger paydays. If he can do that
in the inevitable face of newfound stardom and the potential media
buzz and swarm that awaits him in the next few weeks then he should
be fine. Sometimes new stars often fade far sooner than the bright
lights that illuminate them for their 15 minutes of glory. Let’s
just hope for our sake that Lopez sticks around boxing for a little
bit longer than that.
Jason can be reached with your questions, concerns, gripes, moans, complaints, insults or kudos at BoxingWarrior@hotmail.com. Your feedback is appreciated as always. Stay honest and keep punching.
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