By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) of Riverside, California is ready to return to the ring as he will take on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) of Queens New York by way of Athens, Greece on Friday December 13 from the Coachella Valley desert at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center in Indio, California.
“I have been preparing for this fight and I am ready to get back,” Josesito told Fightnews.com about his upcoming bout. Lopez is returning to the ring after suffering a sixth round TKO at the hands of Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana. Prior to his fight with Maidana, Lopez also suffered another loss via stoppage to “Canelo” Alvarez.
Now the “Riverside Rocky” looks to bounce back into the win column against the experienced veteran in Arnaoutis.
“I know things didn’t go our way. I have been lacking a little of a killer instinct, but I have been training a little harder and I think that will be the difference in this fight,” Lopez said. “I know [Arnaoutis] is a warrior he has been in some tough fights against some of the better fighters in his weight division. He had some tough defeats against some really good opposition world championship caliber fighters.”
Fightnews.com caught up with Josesito at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Josesito who began his career fighting numerous times at the Doubletree was ringside for the Thompson Boxing Promotions season finale as he met with fans and talked about his upcoming fight with Arnaoutis.
Lopez is currently training at the Two Feathers Boxing gym in his hometown of Riverside, California, under the guidance of his long-time trainer Henry Ramirez. Lopez has been training for over a month in this camp as he has three weeks to go for his fight with Arnaoutis.
“I get about four hours of work, I work for about an hour in a half in the morning to do my conditioning and then two to three in the afternoon in the gym. I have been stepping it up a little more. We have been working with a lefty. Rashad Hughes. He has been giving me some good work as a southpaw. I like fighting lefties. For some reason I do good against them.”
Josesito will have great turnout of Inland Empire fans in support as he hails from nearby Riverside, about an hour away from the fight venue.
Lopez vs. Arnaoutis will be the ten round welterweight main event headlining the Golden Boy Live series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes as Josesito looks to close out the year with a victory and look ahead to 2014.
“Expect excitement. It’s always a good fight with me. I always come to fight. It’s just my style. Everybody loves my style and the way I fight. It will be a good fight. First things first, I have to take care of business, finish 2013 nice and strong. If all goes well, big things in 2014. It doesn’t matter who. I am hoping for a world championship,” Lopez concluded.
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