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Josesito Lopez eyes big names at 140 and 147

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

When boxing returned to “The Circle City,” Corona, California for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena, among those in attendance was the newly crowned WBC silver welterweight champion Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs). Coming off his huge TKO win over Victor Ortiz the previous Saturday at the Staples Center, we asked Lopez about his win and his future plans.

“It was a good fight. We went in to war an luckily everything came out in our favor,” Lopez told Fightnews.com.

The Pride if Riverside was not hesitant when asked about giving Victor Ortiz a rematch. “I don’t know how long he will be out but when he is able and ready, let’s do it again. We’re definitely not going to wait for him but if the rematch comes when he is ready we are more than happy to do it.”

Will Josesito stay at welterweight? “We felt good at the weight even though I know I’m not a full welterweight. Whether its 140 or 147, we’re going to sit down next week, weigh our options and see where we go from here.”

Attractive possibilities for Lopez could include the likes of Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Brandon Rios, Mike Alvarado, Zab Judah, Paul Malignaggi, or perhaps a rematch with Jesse Vargas.

“I definitely want to fight the best fighters in the world,” he stated. “Whatever the best option is out there, any of the champions or whoever my team wants me to fight next.”




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