By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Quotes from Wednesday’s media workout at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, CA
Victor Ortiz: “I know that he’s (Josesito Lopez) a good fighter. A decent fighter. Good for him that he’s motivated. I have no ring rust because I’ve been in the gym for the last six-seven months.”
With regards to Ortiz fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th, Ortiz responded, “I actually don’t care what people think. Right now, I’m like ‘Canelo who?’ My only focus is on Lopez. After Saturday night, then I could focus on Canelo.”
Josesito Lopez: “He’s (Victor Ortiz) the best fighter that I would have fought so far in my career. I definitely feel that I have the power to surprise him.”
Humberto Soto: “This is going to be another hard fight, just like the other fights I have fought. I’m the type of fighter that doesn’t allow my actions to be decided by the judges. I will do my best to get the knockout, but at the least, I know that I will win a clear decision.”
Reflecting on having fought almost 70 professional fights, Soto said, “I will continue fighting until my body doesn’t give anymore. However, my body still has a lot to give.”
Lucas Matthysse: “The judges saw things in my two defeats (to Zab Judah and Davon Alexander). However, I gained a great deal of experience. I know that he’s (Soto) a good fighter, but I’ve prepared myself to win on Saturday.”
Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) and Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs) will fight in the 12 round main event bout at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night. The co-main event will be a 12 round junior welterweight bout between Humberto Soto (59-7-2, 35 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (30-2, 28 KOs). Both fights will be televised on Showtime at 9PM ET/ 6PM PT.
Headlining the undercard will be a 10 round junior middleweight bout between Jermell Charlo (17-0, 8 KOs) and Denis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) and an eight round bout super lightweight bout between Omar Figueroa (17-0-1, 14 KOs) and Alain Hernandez (18-10-2, 10 KOs). Both bouts will be televised live on Showtime Extreme at 7PM ET/ 4PM PT.
Tickets are still on sale and could be purchased at the STAPLES Center box office or at Ticketmaster outlets.
Doors open at 2PM local time, with first bell scheduled for 2:30PM.