By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) of Riverside, California worked out Tuesday afternoon for the media at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California for his upcoming bout against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) of Queen’s New York by way of Athens, Greece. Lopez vs. Arnaoutis will take place Friday December 13 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center in Indio, California headlining the Golden Boy Live series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
“My preparation has been great I am anxious to get back in the ring,”Josesito Lopez told Fightnews.com. “Mighty Mike is a tough fighter he has been in with world champions so I am expecting a tough fight.”
“The Riverside Rocky” Lopez shadowboxed for cameras under the watchful eye of his trainer Henry Ramirez.
“Josesito looks good we are looking to get back in the ring we have been preparing for a lefty,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com. “Arnaoutis is a good fighter he has been in with everybody very durable but he is fighting in the tail end of his career. I expect Josesito to come out with the victory.”
Originally scheduled to fight September 7 at Fantasy Springs Lopez suffered a shoulder injury during training camp in preparation for his fight. Now Lopez is healed up and ready to get back in the ring.
“The injury is past me, it’s behind me. I had a shoulder injury a few months back. I went to rehab. I am perfectly fine. It was nothing major. Luckily no surgery was needed, just a really bad strain,” Lopez said on his injury.
Josesito Lopez vs. “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis will be a scheduled ten round welterweight bout.
“I am back in there with a new date, expect action. I always come to fight. People like my style and when I am up in the ring, I give it everything I got,” Lopez concluded.
2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz
Also on hand at the Ponce De Leon Gym was 2012 U.S Olympian super bantamweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (7-0, 5KOs) of South El Monte, California as he gears up for his next bout against Carlos Rodriguez (18-12-4, 10 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa Mexico on the Lopez vs. Arnaoutis undercard televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. Fightnews.com talked with the 2012 Olympian prior to his workout as he spoke about his upcoming bout.
“My upcoming fight is December 13 at the Fanstasy Springs Casino against Carlos Rodrguez, it’s going to be a step up for me but I am ready to give everyone a great show,” Diaz told Fightnews.com. “Training is coming along good I have been working hard.
“I expect him to come out to think he has a lot of experience and try to overwhelm me because he has all that ring experience, but he will have something else coming,” Diaz said about his experienced opponent. “You will see a very powerful, elusive, energetic, sharp, and crisp Joseph Diaz Jr. I am ready to give everyone a great show.”
Local standout East LA’s featherweight Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (9-0, 6 KOs) will be featured on the undercard at Fantasy Springs. Ramirez, who is the nephew of the late Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, was sharp in his workout at the Ponce De Leon Gym shadow boxing for photographers.
“I am ready I have been training since my last fight in August I got right back in the gym. I have been staying sharp sparring with “Yeyo” Thompson, Jesse Roman, and some Russian that is fighting Mikey Bey this Friday (Peter Petrov), I have had some good sparring,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com
Ramirez nicknamed “El Camaron” which translates to shrimp, is far from being considered a shrimp as he as stopped six of his nine opponents. “I got the nickname when I was a kid my great grandpa use to train me I use to get red and would stay red the rest of the day so that name stuck with me.”
The shrimp will be fighting a scheduled six round super bantamweight bout. “Expect excitement hopefully a knockout I never quit and never back down,” Ramirez concluded.
Diego De La Hoya
Super Bantamweight Diego “Golden Kid” De La Hoya (1-0, 1 KO) also worked out Tuesday as he will step into the ring for the second time on December 13 undercard at Fantasy Springs. The cousin of Oscar De La Hoya, Diego made his debut last September in scoring a third round technical knockout over Luis Cosme, who had a record of 8-3-1 going into the bout. Fightnews.com talked with the “Golden Kid” as he is ready to step in to the ring once again.
“I have trained really hard more than the first fight, I am not like most Mexican fighters that like to brawl. I fight smart to hit and not get hit,” Diego De la Hoya said.
De la Hoya currently trains in Indio, California with trainer Joel Diaz who trains current world champions Timothy Bradley and Omar Figueroa.
“It has been a good camp with Joel Diaz, I feel stronger my sparring is tougher I feel great with a desire to win,” De la Hoya said about training with Joel Diaz. “I have never trained with a former world champ but there have been a lot of corrections and improvements, he is one of the best out there,” De la Hoya added.
The Golden Kid is looking to showcase his skills as he will be fighting near his hometown of Mexicali, Mexico in the Coachella valley desert of Indio.
“It’s close to home. I am excited to be fighting and I will be victorious,” De la Hoya concluded.
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