Monday, 21 May 2012
Lopez set to replace Berto on June 23rd...
Californian light-welterweight Josesito Lopez looks as though he is going to be the fighter who replaces Andre Berto in a fight with Victor Ortiz on June 23rd. As you all know, Berto tested positive for drugs meaning that he is not allowed to box so Ortiz is in need of a new opponent.
Lopez (29-4, 17 KO's) was set to face Kendall Holt on June 22nd but the fight was called off due to a disagreement about the venue. So as both men are looking for an opponent and their fights were scheduled for almost exactly the same it looks as though this is the fight that we are going to see at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
27-year old Lopez is not the first choice of opponent that the fans would chose but he is highly ranked at his weight and will provide a relatively tough challenge for Victor Ortiz. Lopez's last fight was against Jesse Vargas where he lost on points over ten rounds.
Ortiz has said that he will fight anyone between 140lb and 150lb and it looks as though this fight will take place in the welterweight division (147) so Lopez will be required to move up in weight. The fight will likely be confirmed later today or tomorrow.