Josesito Lopez Targets March 2013 For Ring Return

By Jake Donovan

Josesito Lopez is eyeing March 2013 as the time frame for his ring return.

The Californian has been inactive – and largely off the radar – since his crushing 4th round knockout loss to Saul Alvarez this past September. Lopez accepted a career-high payday for the fight, but at the steeper price of the bout taking place at super welterweight.

Nothing definitive is lined up for the future, other than confirmation that he will be closer to his natural fighting weight the next time he steps into the ring.

“I’ll back in the ring boxing in March in the 140 (or) 147 (lb.) division,” Lopez (30-5, 18KO) revealed Monday afternoon. “No name or date yet.”

Lopez weighed a career-heavy 153 lb. the showdown with Alvarez, suffering three knockdowns en route to the lone stoppage loss of his career. The fight came on the heels of the career super lightweight moving up to face Victor Ortiz at welterweight.

The payoff proved much greater on that June night, rallying from behind to batter the heavily favored Ortiz into submission after nine brutal rounds. Lopez was behind on all three scorecards, but managed to break the jaw – and spirit – of his opponent to score a dramatic upset.

An alphabet belt of sorts was at stake in the fight. It didn’t make Lopez a recognized champion, though it allows him to remain in consideration as a potential challenger for the winner of the upcoming welterweight showdown between Robert Guerrero and Andre Berto later this month.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 11-13-2012

a lotta WW's going 2 look@ him as damaged goods w/the beating he took 4 the $$...he has talent but he needs 2 re-establish way he handles Guerrero or B. Rios or some of the other elite@ '47, IMO......

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 11-13-2012

They can fight in aug Garcia v.s Lopez is a great fight

Comment by Phenom on 11-12-2012

great he could be the new Marcos Maidana and milk that one KO win for years, maybe Josesito should look for a Khan fight and lose 9 rounds to 3

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 11-12-2012

The guy is young, entertaining, and has lots of heart. Don't let the 5 loses fool you, he's pretty good.

Comment by Toltec77 on 11-12-2012

[QUOTE=QballLobo;12692739]I'd love to see Lopez take a crack at Brandon Rios. Josesito has the length to keep Rios from keeping the fight on the inside. Would be a great match I think....[/QUOTE] I rather see him go up against Danny…

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