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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.

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