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Josesito Lopez: I Don't Need The Fight, Ortiz Needs It

By Luis Sandoval

After overcoming an injury and switching opponents, Josesito Lopez will finally make his return to the ring on Friday, December 13th when he takes on Mike Arnaoutis at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. This will mark Lopez’s second fight of 2013 as he hopes to cap off the year with a victory after suffering back to back losses to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Marcos Maidana.

Lopez has earned the name “The Riverside Rocky” for his upset victory over Victor Ortiz last year where he broke Ortiz’s jaw and ruined plans for a big fight between Ortiz and Canelo Alvarez. Lopez would go on to capitalize on his victory as it led to big fights with Alvarez and Maidana while Ortiz went into a hiatus waiting for his jaw to fully heal.

Now that Ortiz has his scheduled return to the ring in January, a rematch between him and Lopez could happen sometime next year. Ortiz has been vocal about wanting to get his shot at redemption as he took to social media to get his point across. BoxingScene caught up with Lopez to ask for his thoughts on a rematch with Ortiz and if it’s a fight he wants as well.

“Yeah, I don’t need that fight. He needs that fight. So he’s going to have to work for it. If he wants it, I’d be willing to do it for the right things. We’ll see after my fight. I won’t talk before this fight but after this fight we’ll see how he does and then maybe we can work something out” Lopez would tell BoxingScene.

Lopez knows all about upsets as he produced arguably the biggest one in 2012 when he defeated Ortiz and while he’s open to a rematch, his sole focus is on Mike Arnaoutis and getting past that hurdle before any other fights can be discussed.

The Welterweight division continues to be flooded with talent and Lopez will have plenty of options to choose from next year if he beats Arnaoutis. He promises there are big things in store for 2014 but didn’t name any names when asked  who he’d be gunning for.

“[Npbody] in particular but big things are coming in 2014. It should be a good year but first things first and I got to take care of business on the 13th of December against a tough warrior like Mike Arnaoutis. I’m expecting a good tough fight and if all goes well, we got good things coming” said Lopez.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tyler_Durden on 12-05-2013

Lopez and Ortiz are both very entertaining and it will be a good rematch but in my opinion Victor will take out Lopez the second time around. He just has to pace himself and break Lopez down this time rather…

Comment by vman075 on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=TheGunslinger;13997351]He did besides that Guerrero hasn't really been heard of you would think he would call out the winner of Alexander-Porter or Broner-Maidana since those fights could easily be made.[/QUOTE] He has been given great opportunities by GB. He beat…

Comment by Fetta on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=TheGunslinger;13997351]He did besides that Guerrero hasn't really been heard of you would think he would call out the winner of Alexander-Porter or Broner-Maidana since those fights could easily be made.[/QUOTE] Maybe he still will. Waiting for another title shot? I…

Comment by TheGunslinger on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=Fetta;13997303]didnt guerrero turn down thurman recently?[/QUOTE] He did besides that Guerrero hasn't really been heard of you would think he would call out the winner of Alexander-Porter or Broner-Maidana since those fights could easily be made.

Comment by Fetta on 12-05-2013

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;13997286]Guerrero had no business on the ring with Mayweather..Btw what has gbp done for Guerrero since?? Has he even been in the ring since lol.. Lopez was suppose to be a easy fight for Ortiz..Since he was put in with…

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