You can’t help but admire Josesito Lopez. His heart is three times bigger than his skinny body. The Riverside , California native is a throwback. He’ll accept any challenge, regardless of the odds.
biggest challenge will transpire on September 15, live on SHOWTIME (9
p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs ) will be facing heavily favored WBC junior
middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Being the underdog
is nothing new for Lopez. His victory over Victor Ortiz last June
catapulted the modest 28-year-old into a modern day Rocky Balboa.
the Ortiz fight, Lopez’s boxing career resembled a treadmill. He was up
after his knockout victory over talented Michael Dallas, but down after
losing a close decision to hotshot Jessie Vargas.
The loss cooled Lopez’s career momentum.
That is, until fate intervened.
needed an opponent. His rematch with Andre Berto was in tatters after
Berto failed a drug test. Lopez had seen his own fight with Kendal Holt
fall through the cracks. So, when Golden Boy called, asking Lopez if he
wanted to face Ortiz for a piece of the welterweight title, Lopez jumped
at the opportunity. The winner (everyone assumed it would be Ortiz)
would face Alvarez in September.
The fight, held at The Staples
Center in Los Angeles , was a bloodbath from the third round on. Ortiz
was ahead on the scorecards when he quit on his stool after the ninth
round with a broken jaw. Lopez, who felt disrespected before the fight,
had ignored his swollen eyes and bloody nose. His victory was one for
“Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs ) won the WBC super
middleweight title in 2011 when he defeated Matthew Hatton. Victories
over Ryan Rhodes, Alfonzo Gomez, Kermit Clinton, and Shane Mosley have
followed. The criticism of Lopez as Alvarez’s opponent feels unfounded.
Golden Boy Promotions tried to match-up Alvarez with a worthwhile
opponent. Unfortunately, none of bouts came to fruition. Paul Williams’
tragic motorcycle accident ended the career of the former welterweight
champion. Contender James Kirkland wanted too much money, and Lopez
upset Ortiz. Alvarez, 22, can be criticized for being matched with
fighters on the way down like Carlos Baldomir, Cintron, and Mosley.
Still, the young boxer is loaded with talent and power in both hands.
for the fight, the size difference can’t be ignored. Alvarez is thicker
and stronger. His weight advantage could be as much as 20 pounds on
fight night. The bout should be competitive in the early going. Lopez
will give as good as he gets. The harder punching Alvarez will begin to
wear him down. Lopez won’t quit, but a late victory for Alvarez looks
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