WBC silver welterweight champion, Josesito Lopez, shocked many boxing fans with his ninth round stoppage of Victor Ortiz on June 23, and he plans to pull off another upset when he faces undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15.
“I’m definitely the underdog again, but I’ll give it my all in the ring,” Lopez said. “I’ll fight my heart out. I like to think I can take a pretty good punch. … Canelo, he’s a champion for a reason, but he’s not going to be hard to find. He’s going to be right in front of me all the time, and I can take a bigger guy’s punches.”
Given the hype surrounding Alvarez right now, many were hoping to see him test his skills against a top caliber opponent. But Golden Boy Promotions ended up settling for Lopez after a tough opponent selection process.
The move has forced Golden Boy Promotions to divert from their plan to give Canelo his first PPV headliner on Sept. 15, and he’ll have to settle for a Showtime broadcast instead. However, considering the fact Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. are scheduled to settle their differences inside the ring on the same day, it’s definitely a smart move.
Even though Lopez showed a lot of heart in his last fight against Ortiz, he’ll be in for a serious step up in competition when he faces Alvarez for the WBC light middleweight title. Alvarez will not only have a significant size advantage, he’ll have a two-inch reach advantage as well. He’s faced more experienced boxers in the past, and he’ll also be the more technical fighter inside in the ring.
When one considers Alvarez’ many advantages against Lopez, it does look like a complete mismatch on paper. However, Lopez did find a way to emerge victorious against Ortiz, and it wouldn’t be wise for Alvarez to underestimate him.
Associated Press, “Lopez to chase another upset win against Canelo”
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.