By John J. Raspanti at ringside.
On Saturday night,
Josesito Lopez’s plan was to shock the boxing world.
Lopez (28-4, 18 KOs) executed his plan perfectly, stopping the heavily
favored Victor Ortiz (29-4, 22 KOs) after nine rounds of give and take
action at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Lopez’s victory
earned him the vacant WBC silver welterweight title.
A feeling out process highlighted round one. Ortiz, fighting out of the
southpaw stance, landed a good left hook to the body and right hand to
the head of Lopez. His jab also connected. The punches excited the pro
Ortiz crowd. That would soon change. Lopez was content to follow Ortiz.
He missed a right, but also landed a combination at the bell. Ortiz came
out strong in round two. His jab looked crisper. He appeared eager to
open up. A combination stung Lopez. The pride of Riverside countered
with a left of his own. Ortiz shook the punch off and hurt Lopez with a
sweeping left hook. Lopez landed his own right at the bell. Ortiz turned
to boxing more in round three. He controlled the pace with his jab and
occasional left hands to the body. Lopez connected with two big right
hands that stunned Ortiz.
Round four was all Ortiz. A combination stopped Lopez in his tracks.
Lopez was stalking, but not throwing punches. Ortiz took advantage and
peppered Lopez to the head and body. Ortiz landed two hard lefts and a
right. Lopez finally connected with a lead right near the end of the
round. In round five Lopez took a knee after a wayward Ortiz right
connected behind his head. After recovering, Lopez took the action to
Ortiz. He landed a picture perfect combination to the chin. In round
six, Ortiz returned to boxing Lopez. Like in round three, Ortiz kept
Lopez on the end of his jab. He landed a hard left to the side of
Round seven was full of drama. The fighters traded punches evenly in the
first minute. Lopez backed against the ropes. Ortiz obliged and a
ripped off a sharp combination. Lopez landed a right. Ortiz took a step
back, but Lopez dropped his hands and beckoned Ortiz to continue.
“I wanted to show him I was here to fight” said Lopez to doghouseboxing.com after the fight. “I wasn’t going anywhere.”
Lopez walked through a Ortiz left and connected with a crisp right hand.
The crowd was now solidly in Lopez’s corner. Ortiz landed a three punch
combination to start round eight. Lopez continued to stalk Ortiz. His
face was beginning to show the effects of Ortiz’s powerful punches. He
soldiered on, eating some more jabs, but also landing a right to the
body. Ortiz landed a jolting left in round nine that knocked Lopez back.
The 27-year-old was soon back in Ortiz’s grill. A left bounced off
Ortiz’s chin. With thirty seconds to go in the round, Lopez’s back
touched the ropes. Ortiz moved in, but Lopez tagged him with a left.
Ortiz countered with a wicked combination. Lopez ducked and missed with a
left but connected with a hard right on the side of Ortiz’s chin. Ortiz
back-peddled away as if hurt. Lopez went after him and landed another
Within seconds of the bell ending the round, Ortiz trainer Danny Garcia
was signaling to the referee that his man was finished for the night.
The roar of the crowd cascaded through the arena, serenading Lopez for
producing the upset of the year in boxing.
Lopez was ecstatic after the fight. “I knew I had to fight the fight my
life to win,” he said in the ring. “I caught him in every round with
hard punches. I knew the longer the fighter went, the better chance I
Ortiz revealed that he had broken his jaw in the middle rounds. “I had
my mouth open. He broke my jaw.” he said before leaving the ring.
Ortiz was well ahead on two of three judges scorecards. Kermit Bayless
had the fight 86-85 Ortiz, the same score as doghouseboxing.com.
On the undercard, heavy handed Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KOs) stopped
Humberto Soto (59-8-2, 35 KOs) after five furious rounds. With the win,
Matthysse claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title.
Soto won the first two round with quick combinations. In round three,
Matthysee came out with more fire. He landed consecutive left hooks and a
right hand. Mathyssee continued the shift of momentum in the next
round. Soto’s combinations were landing, but having no effect on the
stronger Matthysee. Soto stopped on a dime and landed another
combination in round five, but Matthysee kept firing back. Finally near
the end of the round, Matthysee connected with a combination of punches,
punctuated with two heavy right hands that knocked Soto down. The
veteran fighter pulled himself up, but was badly hurt. His corner soon
advised the referee that the fight was over.
Jermal Charlo (18-0, 9 KOs) knocked out Dennis Douglin (14-2, 8 Kos) in
the fifth round of a super middleweight contest. The fight was
competitive through the first four rounds. Charlo cracked southpaw
Douglin repeatedly with lead right hands. Douglin was able to land
counter rights of his own. Charlo ended things in round five with a
straight right that knocked Douglin on his side. The Marlboro, New
Jersey struggled to get up. He made it, but the referee had seen enough.
The time was 1:12.
Undefeated Randy Caballero’s (15-0, 8 KOs) body work paid dividends as
he scored three knockdowns en route to a fifth round stoppage over
southpaw Jamal Parram. Caballero struggled at first with the southpaw
style of Parram. His aggressiveness took over in round two as he jolted
Parram (5-6-1, 4 KOs) with hard punches to the head and body. By round
five it was apparent that Parram was feeling the effects of Caballero’s
consistent body shots. The time of the stoppage was 1:50.
Super lightweight Omar Figueroa (18-0, 15 KOs) found a home for his
right hand immediately against Alain Hernandez.(18-11-2). The second
right Figueroa landed staggered Hernandez. With Hernandez against the
ropes and reeling, Figueroa unloaded a combination of blows. The referee
waved off the context 1:34 of the opening stanza.
Michael Finny (9-0,7 KOs) defeated tough Joel Vargas (3-7-1, 3 KOs) by
unanimous decision in the nights only four-rounder. Vargas landed a
number of overhand right hands. The scoring was 40-36 by all three
judges. This doghouse scribe saw a closer fight.
The announced crowd was 7,865.
Follow and visit John on Twitter: twitter.com/#!/johnboxing1
For much more boxng headlines and videos, visit the homepage at DoghouseBoxing.
Write for Doghouse Boxing: email@example.com.
NEW: Follow Doghouse Boxing on FaceBook!
For more Boxing News 24/7 and so much more...
visit our homepage now!