With only a few days left before his Sept. 15 encounter against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1), Josesito Lopez (30-4-0) remains confident about his chances against one of the most promising rising stars in boxing right now.
“It’s been a great camp. We all worked hard and I’m living my dream,” Lopez said during an interview with World Boxing News. “I expect a wild fight. The fans will love it as we are both warriors. … I’m an intelligent fighter and so is Canelo, but when the action gets hot, we both battle.”
Alvarez’ WBC light-middleweight belt will be on the line when the two step inside the ring on Sept. 15.
Lopez pulled off a memorable upset in his last outing against Victor Ortiz (securing the then vacant WBC silver welterweight title in the process), so he does have some momentum going into his showdown against Alvarez. However, Josesito did get out-boxed by Ortiz — who was leading on all three official scorecards when the fight was stopped — during their June 23 encounter, and he probably would have lost the bout if Ortiz didn’t get injured.
Saul Alvarez is technically sharper than Victor, and that might pose some problems for Lopez when the two square up at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. To make things worse for Lopez, Alvarez isn’t taking him lightly, and he plans to bring his A-game on Sept. 15.
“He’s a very smart fighter. He’s a good fighter, very smart,” Alvarez said during a recent conference call. “He’s got very, very good combinations so I think he’s a very good fighter. And no, I’m never overconfident. I’ve prepared very well. I never, you know, think that any fighter’s are going to be an easy fight. So I’m not overconfident and I’m very, very well prepared for this fight.”
Lopez will probably put on a valiant effort against “Canelo,” but I don’t think it’ll be enough to dethrone the WBC light-middleweight champion. Saul Alvarez is simply too big and too skilled, and he should be able to keep his undefeated record intact.
Phil D. Jay, “Josesito Ready: I’ll Break Canelo’s Unbeaten Record!”
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.