Victor Ortiz was on course to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15, but Josesito Lopez derailed his plans, stopping the Former WBC welterweight champion on June 23.
Ortiz was actually ahead on all three ring-side judges’ scorecards when the fight was stopped, but he wasn’t able to answer the bell in the tenth round, telling referee Jack Reiss his jaw was broken.
“Josesito busted my jaw,” Ortiz said before being taken to a hospital. “I couldn’t close my mouth.”
Josesito Lopez did a lot better than many anticipated against Ortiz, landing his share of hard shots. He was able to frustrate Ortiz a bit, and the latter let his emotions get the best of him, landing an illegal blow to the back of Josesito’s head in the fifth round.
Still, Ortiz looked like he was three rounds away from victory, and his decision to throw in the towel will probably be discussed for quite some time.
“I have a big heart; Victor has no heart,” Lopez said shortly after the fight. “He tried to intimidate me, but I’m not intimidated by anybody. I knew I needed to fight the fight of my life. I caught him with good punches every round. I chopped him down. … I never thought about quitting, I just needed a few seconds to ease the pain. He hits hard, man, but I was never going to quit.”
Ortiz’ fight against Canelo has now been cancelled, leaving the undefeated Mexican up and comer without an opponent – again. Lopez wasn’t initially considered a potential opponent for Alvarez, but Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer seemed open to the idea.
While many will question Ortiz’ decision to quit after his jaw was broken, he fight against Alvarez would have been cancelled regardless. Two and a half months is simply not enough time to recover from an injury as serious as a broken jaw.
Lance Pugmire, “Josesito Lopez busts Victor Ortiz’s jaw in upset victory”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.