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Josesito: This is my Rocky moment

Lopez Meets the Press after Upset Win; Matthysse Speaks; Canelo talks September 15

By Miguel Maravilla

Shortly after his spectacular win Riverside’s Josesito Lopez spoke to the media at the post fight press conference at Staples Center Saturday night as he scored a ninth round technical knockout over “Vicious” Victor Ortiz of Oxnard in this southern California showdown. Ortiz suffered a suspected broken jaw which forced him to quit at the end of round nine.

Lopez, as would be expected, was in high spirits when he came to the podium. “I came in good shape and ready to go to war with Victor Ortiz,” Lopez said.

Regarding the Ortiz rabbit punch that caused a lengthy break in the action, Lopez stated, “He hit me in the back of the head/neck. I felt like a little pulled muscle but I was ready to go. There is no quitting in me….Ortiz hits hard. He’s strong and he got me a few times. There were times where he got my attention, but at no point was I hurt,” Lopez told “This is my Rocky moment I am in still in somewhat of a shock but we did it,” Josesito stated.

With the loss Victor Ortiz’ September 15 date at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas with WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez slips away. Ortiz was not present at the post fight press conference as he was taken to California Medical Center in Los Angeles, but his manager Rolando Arellano said a few words. “It is an unfortunate set of circumstances,” Arellano said to the media. “We would like to congratulate Josesito Lopez. My only concern is the safety well-being of my fighter.”

Also making an appearance was the man who was scheduled to fight Victor Ortiz, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “Congratulations to Josesito,” said Canelo. “I want to wish Victor well. We are ready for September 15. My team and I will be talking about a few opponents.” Alvarez told he knew Ortiz was in for a hard night early on. “[Lopez] surprised me. After the first round I knew it was going to be a great fight and that’s how it was.”

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated, “One thing for sure is that Canelo Alvarez will be fighting September 15 we will be evaluating different options.”

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Also at the postfight press conference was Argentinian slugger Lucas Matthysse, who scored an impressive knockout over Mexican veteran Humberto Soto.

“I am very happy. I felt good. Soto is a good boxer, a former champion. He is a heavy-handed fighter. I prepared myself well,” he stated. “It’s a great win for my career. He is a great Mexican and I think there are great possibilities out there for me with this win,” Matthyse told regarding his future plans.

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