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Josesito Lopez’s Trainer on The Loss To Jessie Vargas

By Ryan Maquiñana

Despite several members of the media in accord that junior welterweight Josesito Lopez had pulled off the upset on last night’s “Star Power” undercard, undefeated Jessie Vargas took a split decision on the scorecards.

Still, don’t expect Lopez’s trainer, Henry Ramirez, to scream highway robbery.

“Close, tough fight. Could have gone either way,” the classy Ramirez said.

When asked about whether he thought Patricia Morse Jarman’s 96-93 verdict for Vargas was questionable, Ramirez agreed, but offered a caveat.

“Yeah, but Lopez chases way too much and didn't close distance properly even though I was begging for him to cut [off] the ring,” he said.

Many have already clamored for a rematch between the two 140-pounders, but Ramirez ruled out its likelihood.

“[I] could ask for a rematch, but we’re not going to get one.  It’s just the nature of the business.  It was a really good fight though!” he exclaimed.

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring’s Ratings Advisory Panel.  E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by *Boss* on 09-18-2011

Vargas won it , no controversy. Lopez just wasnt active enough.

Comment by bojangles1987 on 09-18-2011

With how weak Vargas was on his legs those last two rounds, Lopez has no excuse for not sealing the deal with a strong close. Instead he let Vargas gut out those rounds.

Comment by cubanboxer94 on 09-18-2011

There's no need for a rematch

Comment by mshap on 09-18-2011

I had it a draw but can't complain about the decision -- agree that Lopez cost himself the fight by his late rounds inactivity -- didn't see that much from Vargas to get excited about -- wouldn't mind seeing a…

Comment by puga on 09-18-2011

i had vargas winning as well...lopez was landing the more effective punches but he was getting outpointed... but this vargas suppose to beat khan?....:lol1:

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