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It was a great night of boxing Saturday night at the Staples Center, well at least for the boxing fans. Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18KOs) from Riverside, CA moved up to welterweight to face Victor Ortiz. What was supposed to be a tune up fight for Ortiz leading up to the mega fight with Canelo Alvarez on September 15 ended with a dramatic twist.
It was a two-way action fight, Ortiz was landing the harder punches but the kid who no one gave a chance kept punching away and by the later rounds was breaking down Ortiz.
In the fifth round, known for his dirty tactics, Ortiz intentionally hit Lopez behind the head sending Lopez to the canvas. Lopez recovered and looked like Lopez was more upset than hurt as he came out swinging and taunting Ortiz to fight him. All week leading up to the fight, Lopez and his team wore T-shirts that read “It Smells Like An Upset,” it sure was. Lopez landed a flush left hook that broke Victor Ortiz’s jaw at the end of the ninth round.
As Ortiz corner refused to stop the fight, Ortiz stood up told the ref he couldn’t continue. This is not the first time Ortiz quits. He quit after being rocked by Marcos Maidana in the sixth round and it’s not the first time a boxer fights with a broken jaw.
Right now you may be thinking, “Ugh, whatever, don’t poop in my soup!” I’m not saying Ortiz pussed out but there have been fighters that have been in worse pain and we’re able to win. At the time of the stoppage, Ortiz was ahead on the scorecards 86-85, 87-84, and 88-83.
Humberto Goes Down for the First Time!
Former world champion Humberto Soto (58-8-2, 34 KOs), who had never been knocked out in his professional career, tasted the canvas for the first time after Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO.
Soto’s team knew the power Matthysee carried and that is why they asked for a 10 rounder versus the standard twelve. From the opening bell it was Soto who was in command but it wasn’t long for the Argentinean to take control.
Three straight right hands landed before a power punch sent Soto to the canvas just before the end of the round. He beats the count holding on to the ropes as he found his way to his corner to call it a day.
Matthysse scored the best win of his career by not letting the judges have a say. Lucas Matthysee won the vacant WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title.
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