Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Victor Ortiz: If Lopez Wants a War, We'll Go To War!

By Keith Idec

Victor Ortiz has tried his best to downplay any controversy with Josesito Lopez.

The former WBC welterweight champion repeatedly reassured anyone that thinks he isn’t focused on fighting Lopez June 23 in Los Angeles that he’s not looking ahead to a Sept. 15 pay-per-view showdown with undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs, 1 NC) and his handlers are insulted because Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Ortiz and Alvarez, officially announced their fight last Tuesday, a week-and-a-half before Oritz will oppose Lopez.

“As far as the whole disrespectful thing, I don’t disrespect anyone,” Ortiz, 25, said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m fighting a great fighter June 23rd, Josesito Lopez, who I’ve been training particularly for and been ignoring everyone possible [in] the media about Canelo. I don’t really care about Canelo right now.”

The strong southpaw from Oxnard, Calif., recognizes that their 12-round welterweight fight at Staples Center is potentially a career-changer for the 27-year-old Lopez, of Riverside, Calif.

“He’s a dangerous fighter who’s in the same route I was a year-and-a-half ago against [Andre Berto],” Ortiz said. “The difference here is I’m too hungry to let my chance go. As far as I’m concerned, I’m ready for June 23rd, for Josesito Lopez. If he wants a war, we’ll go to war. If he wants to box, we can box. It doesn’t really matter.

“I’m there to take what’s rightfully mine … I know that Josesito’s ready to go, and so am I. That makes two of us, so no disrespect to his camp. But if they want to take it as disrespect, so be it. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m ready.”

There’s a seven-figure purse at stake when he fights Lopez, but Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) knows he cannot afford to think about earning that paycheck against an emerging Mexican star in three months.

“There’s no thoughts of me fighting Canelo,” Ortiz said. “There’s no thoughts of training camp for Canelo. There’s nothing there for Canelo, in my mind. As of right now, there’s only one guy that I want, and that’s Josesito Lopez. So I’m ready.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Southpawology on 06-20-2012

[QUOTE=Lac'em up;12261837]Ortiz will lose this fight, but Canelo is not a proven fighter yet. If he beats Ortiz in good fashion, which i think he will then he will start to make a believer out of more fans.[/QUOTE] Wait, so…

Comment by Lac'em up on 06-20-2012

Ortiz will lose this fight, but Canelo is not a proven fighter yet. If he beats Ortiz in good fashion, which i think he will then he will start to make a believer out of more fans.

Comment by 2120 on 06-19-2012

[QUOTE=SixFootGiant;12260210]Im still not sold on Victor Ortiz. One great win over Andre Berto still isnt enough in my eyes[/QUOTE] i still have my doubts on victor but one thing for sure; with all the hype canelo has received its still…

Comment by DARKSEID on 06-19-2012

that sounded so much less badass coming out of ortiz's mouth

Comment by aces725 on 06-19-2012

What's worst than the Vargas loss was the Sanatana loss

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (23)
Top Headlines Salido's Manager: Politics Killed Roman Fight For Canelo-Chavez Brook: Forget Golovkin Fight; I'm Gonna Smash Spence's Face In! IBF: If Nobody Agrees, Beterbiev Will Face Ward-Kovalev Winner Daniel Franco Wants World Title Shot By The End of The Year Dusty Harrison To Face Matthew Strode in Washington, D.C. Video: Nicola Adams on Virgil Hunter as Coach, Pro Run, More Malignaggi: What Happens When Brook Lands Big Shot on Spence? Golovkin Still Pound-For-Pound Number One, Says Lomachenko Skender Halili Returns, Faces Eduardo Flores in New Jersey Khan Claims There Was Proof of Funds For Pacquiao Fight Linares-Crolla II: A Most Intriguing Rematch Amir Khan Explains The Big Fallout With Team Members Lomachenko Open To Show McGregor The Basics for Mayweather Arum Very Willing To Do Mikey Garcia vs. Vasyl Lomachenko Arum: Jacobs Did Good, But Golovkin Won - 7 Rounds To 5 Rigondeaux vs. Flores Purse Bid Ordered For April 3 Photos: Vasyl Lomachenko, Usyk, Gvozdyk Open Workout Photos: Quigley-Tapia, Caballero, Herrera, Esparza - Weigh-In Video: Lomachenko on Calling Out McGregor, Sosa Bout, More Video: Amir Khan Putting in Work For Planned Ring Return Brook's Trainer: GGG Wasn't Same vs. Jacobs After Battling Brook Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury - Ticket Information Video: Amir Khan on Pacquiao, Brook, Mayweather-McGregor Oleg Maskaev: No Retirement, I Plan To Return To The Ring Video: Errol Spence's Trainer Breaks Down Kell Brook Fight Brook: Spence Made Big Mistake, Bit Off More Than He Can Chew Crawford vs. Diaz - Agreement in Place, on HBO, May 20 in Newark Video: Kell Brook Vows To Land 'Chocolate Brownie' on Spence Video: Errol Spence Talks Brook Fight, Explains 'Man Down' Ringstar Sports Prospects To Make Pro Debuts on April 9 Video: Brook vs. Spence - Face To Face, Presser Fireworks Spence To Brook: You Clown, Living Off Two Good Rounds With GGG! Marco Huck Wants To Bring The Pain To Mairis Briedis Photos: Kell Brook, Errol Spence - Face To Face at Heated Presser! Brook: Spence Has Hype Like Lacy - I'll Bully Him, I'll Be a Beast! Edner Cherry vs. Omar Douglas - PBC on FS1, April 4 Romero Duno Inks Promotional With Golden Boy Promotions Antonio Orozco Feels Stronger at 147, Plans For a Big Year Brook: If You Thought I’d Avoid Spence, Don’t Know What I’m About Jorge Linares Aims To Land Mikey Garcia or Vasyl Lomachenko
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement