Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Andre Ward: Josesito is a Live Underdog With Canelo

By Keith Idec

Andre Ward has a better understanding than most of just how much weight can impact a high-level prizefight.

Ward dominated Chad Dawson on Saturday night in the WBC light heavyweight champion’s first fight in 6½ years at super middleweight. Josesito Lopez is moving up to challenge heavily favored Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, not down, but Ward gives Lopez a significantly better shot at pulling off an upset than he did Dawson, who was about a 3-1 underdog against Ward in an HBO main event for Ward’s WBA/WBC super middleweight titles.

The 28-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who stopped Dawson during the 10th round, acknowledged that Lopez’s weight disadvantage could be a factor Saturday night when he fights for Alvarez’s WBC super welterweight title at MGM Grand (Showtime; 9 p.m. EDT). Still, Ward wouldn’t be surprised if Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs, 1 NC), of Riverside, Calif., pulled off a second straight huge upset against the unbeaten Mexican who already has a 40-0-1 record, including 29 knockouts, despite that he is just 22.

“Josesito is an underdog, but he’s a live underdog,” Ward said during ESPN2’s broadcast Thursday night from Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. “He’s in this fight. … A guy like Josesito, who’s a Rocky-type guy, you can never count him out.”

Ward, who was 3-1 favorite over Dawson, is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, which represents Lopez, along with Thompson Boxing.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kiaba360 on 09-14-2012

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;12511440]If Lopez has anything between his ears, he'll fight the exact opposite of how he usually fights. The fact is that he's far rangier than ginger. I know team ginger expects Lopez to stand in front of him & brawl,…

Comment by Corelone on 09-14-2012

Lopez was picked by Canelo and his team. That means he's all underdog, all the numbers favor Canelo. As far as live goes, he has a pulse, but little chance. Ward is a gentleman, and besides, why say what everyone…

Comment by Phantomas on 09-14-2012

[QUOTE=Lac'em up;12511040]Unfortunately fights are fixed now days so everyone knows the outcome already. Canelo will stop this poor kid. Its not like back in the days when the champ had to face the number one or number two ranked contender.…

Comment by Bushbaby on 09-14-2012

If Lopez has anything between his ears, he'll fight the exact opposite of how he usually fights. The fact is that he's far rangier than ginger. I know team ginger expects Lopez to stand in front of him & brawl,…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 09-14-2012

I don't doubt that Lopez can lay some leather on Alvarez and make the fight exciting, I just doubt his ability to actually win. It's hard to imagine him winning.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Tyson Fury Will NOT Receive License Until UKAD Case is Resolved Errol Spence: I Have To Prove What Mayweather Says is True McGuigan Tabs Groves as Best Super Middleweight in The World Head-to-Head With HBO, PBC on FS1 Peaked at 580K Viewers Cotto vs. Kamegai Set For August 26, With Golden Boy, on HBO Julius Indongo is Ready To Fight Terence Crawford, Broner Too Spence on Boxing Brook in Sheffield: What Real Fighters Do! Arum on Crawford Plans: Indongo Fight First, Then Pacquiao Froch: Groves Must Block Out Tragedy of Last Fight To Win Title Coldwell Fears Kell Brook Will Suffer Same Fate as Roy Jones Jr. Tyrone McKenna To Return On June 17 In Belfast Logan Yoon To Return on June 3 After Picking Up Second KO Win WBC May Order Interim-Title Fight Due To Keith Thurman's Injury Robert Stieglitz Retires From Boxing, Boesel Will Now Face Murat UFC's White Admits: Mayweather Could Be McGregor's Last Fight Sugar Ray: Brook-Spence Can Show What Boxing Used To Be Like DeMarcus Corley Gets Off The Floor To Decision Vivian Harris Michael Conlan: I Just Want To Be Great For My Country Danny Garcia Hungry To Regain Belts, Says Brook-Spence is 50-50 Cotto vs. Marquez Being Targeted For December, Says Beltran Photos: Michael Conlan Putting in Work For Second Pro Fight Uzcategui: In a Rematch - I'd Knock Andre Dirrell Out in a Round! Spence Hotel About Block Away From Manchester Terror Attack Arum: Murata-N'Dam Decision - Worse Than Pacquiao-Bradley 1! Bivol vs. Agnew to Round out Ward-Kovalev Pay-Per-View Card Christopher Diaz, Teofimo Lopez, Rivera Return on UniMas, 6/23 Max Becerra Grabs Decision Over Martinez in Palm Springs Sugar Ray Leonard: Canelo-Golovkin is 50-50, Not Easy To Predict Figueroa-Guerrero, Monaghan-Browne 7/15 at Nassau Coliseum Kell Brook: I'm in a Better Place Than Errol Spence Is, I'll Beat Him Roach Very Worried - Pacquiao Looking Bad in Camp, Sparring Rob Brant Must Consent To N'Dam vs. Murata Rematch Crawford-Diaz Fight Peaked at 1.036M Viewers, Averaged 961K Spence: In Beating Kell Brook I'll Prove That I'm a Top 5 Fighter! Prograis-Diaz Doubleheader Set Down For ShoBox on June 9 George Groves Views Chudinov as Best Chance To Win World Title Brook: This Will Be a Prince Naseem vs. Kevin Kelley Type of Fight Joshua: Klitschko Should Leave on Positive Note, Forget Rematch Sanchez: When Golovkin Goes To 168, Jacobs Will Be Dominant Arum: Pacquiao Wants Purse for Crawford to be Worth the Risk
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement