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Report/gallery: Lopez vs. Ortiz

Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

In the eyes of Josesito Lopez, everything about his scheduled 12 round welterweight bout against Victor Ortiz on Saturday night was stacked against him.

The perception that Lopez would not withstand Ortiz’s power, the media paying more attention to Ortiz’s September showdown against super welterweight world title holder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and a pro-Ortiz crowd during the fight were some of the factors Lopez dealt with.

While it would have been admirable to assume Lopez would earn a moral victory for lasting 12 rounds against Ortiz and earn a good payday, Lopez was more optimistic than people gave him credit for. Optimistic enough to shock the boxing world and win the biggest fight of his career . . . Click here for more




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