Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Josesito Lopez Calm As Canelo Fight Week Approaches

By Jake Donovan

Exactly 52 weeks will have passed since the last time Josesito Lopez and Saul Alvarez appeared on the same televised card, though in a split-site capacity.

Alvarez was the headlining act at Staples Center in Los Angeles for his stoppage win over Alfonso Gomez. The fight doubled as a televised chief support to the pay-per-view main event between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which hosted Lopez’ split decision loss to Jessie Vargas in the opening bout of the telecast.

Not much was thought of the pay-per-view curtain raiser going into the evening. The bout was an intended showcase for the unbeaten Vargas, but instead turned into a 10-round war which featured a highly disputable decision, the latter seeming to serve as Lopez’ legacy.

The fight was the last for Californian prior to his June fight with Ortiz, also inactive since that evening. The plan was for Ortiz to win and set up a September 15 showdown with Alvarez, but Lopez carved out a new legacy for himself, rallying from a deficit to break Ortiz’ jaw and ultimately his spirit, forcing the former welterweight titlist to retire on his stool after nine rounds.

Lopez (30-4, 18KO) instead landed the high profile showdown with Alvarez. He will enter the fight at a career heaviest weight, with the bout taking place at 154 lb. The evening marks the second time in as many fights where Lopez moves up in weight, having spent the majority of his career at 140 lb.

Given the magnitude of the event as well as its competing card in the same city that evening, Lopez has already endured far more media attention than at any other point in his career.

In the end, however, it all amounts to being just another fight for 12 rounds or less, once the opening bell sounds.

“I never really think about it too much,” Lopez says of going from undercard filler to headlining act in the span of a year. “I feel well as far as controlling my mental spirit. We’re prepared for a tough fight. I don’t think about how big it is.

“At the end of the day, the rival in the ring is all that I think about.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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

[QUOTE=horaceharter;12495546]Put Josesito in with big mouth Khan.[/QUOTE] El Khan only Fights Elite Cats, but has a hard time figuring They Who Are, but I think Josie could Give The Chump a BEATING to explain Matters!!!

Comment by Lac'em up on 09-09-2012

It's sad to know that Lopez has to go up in weight to get a popular fight. Why should he have to move up in weight? Canelo is a big ass pussz for even considering this fight. He needs to…

Comment by flipbjefrox on 09-09-2012

He's cashing out

Comment by bojangles1987 on 09-09-2012

Such a win-win situation for Lopez. He doesn't even have to win to greatly increase his stock, if he is competitive it will do wonders for his career most likely.

Comment by horaceharter on 09-09-2012

Put Josesito in with big mouth Khan.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Video: Bermane Stiverne Discusses Alexander Povetkin Title Fight Juan Carlos Reveco Bounces Back With Wide Points Win Photos: Murat Gassiev, Denis Lebedev Wage War in Moscow Troyanovsky: I Never Saw The Punch, I Hope To Get a Rematch Murat Gassiev-Denis Lebedev: Post-Fight Report Card Saunders Admits Weight Issue, Needed 6 Months To Drop From 210 Photos: Jesus Cuellar Grinding Hard For Abner Mares Title Defense Fan Favorite Jose Ramirez Wants To Bring HBO Card To Fresno Zlaticanin: I Plan To Knock Mikey Garcia Out, He's Easy To Hit! Chavez Jr. Admits: If I Don't Beat Britsch - Then It's Time To Go! Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Looks Poor in Lackluster Akavov Win Billy Joe Saunders: I'll Do My Two Mandatories, Then a Big Fight Frank Warren Sees Bradley Skeete Going For World Title in 2017 Tony Bellew Hints That David Haye is Broke: His Life is in Turmoil! Julian Williams: I'm More Focused, I Definitely Went The Extra Mile Marcos Villasana Jr. Knocks Out Jorge Luis Rodriguez In Eight McGregor: F*** Mayweather's Manager, I Hold All The Numbers! Johnny Navarrete Shocks Jorge Paez Jr. - Retirement Looms? Ed Brown is Fighting For His Life After Being Shot in The Head Saunders: I Called Out GGG, Now I'm Embarrassed By Performance Michael Conlan: McGregor Will Carry Irish Flag at My Pro Debut Photos: Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand For Joseph Parker Showdown Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov - CompuBox Punch Stats Freddie Roach Impressed: Murat Gassiev Was a Beast in There Murat Gassiev vs. Denis Lebedev - CompuBox Punch Stats Billy Joe Saunders Struggles in Decision Win Over Artur Akavov Lolenga Mock, Sherman Williams Win in Aarhus, Denmark Jack Catterall Outpoints Diego Luque, Retains Fringe WBO Regional Lebedev Wants a Rematch: I Thought I Won or it Was a Draw Paul Butler Beats Alexander Cazares, Targets Jamie McDonnell Kubrat Pulev Batters, Stops Samuel Peter in Four Rounds Murat Gassiev Drops, Decisions Lebedev With Split Nod For IBF Belt Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Julius Indongo Destroys Eduard Troyanovsky in One - HUGE Upset Denis Shafikov vs. Richard Commey - CompuBox Punch Stats Maxim Vlasov Blasts Rakhim Chakhkiev in Wild Shootout Marcos Villasana Jr. Looks To Continue His Run in Acapulco Frank Warren: Eubank Jr is All Talk, Won't Sign To Face Saunders Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE Results From Moscow Jessie Magdaleno: Manny Robles Should Be Trainer of The Year
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement