January 28, 2021
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Josesito Lopez admits he and foe Francisco Santana have an awful lot in regular within the ring

Josesito Lopez admits he and foe Francisco Santana have plenty in standard in the ring

through Francisco Salazar

Josesito Lopez has experienced the highs and lows in a pro career that has lasted virtually 18 years.

As he continues to movement forward right through the twilight of his career, Lopez continues to hang out hope that he can earn another world title shot and reside up to his moniker of ‘The Riverside Rocky.’

Lopez will face Francisco Santana Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. the ten-round bout will precede the main event bout between WBC/ IBF unified welterweight titleholder Errol Spence, Jr. and Danny Garcia.

both fights will air love on FOX PPV (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).

Lopez-Santana is being billed as an all-motion, fan-pleasant conflict between two fringe contenders who come to battle. it is a crossroads bout because the winner strikes ahead towards contender reputation, whereas the different fighter is often considered at as a gatekeeper in a deep division it’s 147 pounds.

In his remaining bout on September 28 of ultimate 12 months, Lopez (37-eight, 20 knockouts), who resides in Riverside, California, notched a knockout win in round eight over tough-hitting John Molina. Lopez has won four of his last 5 bouts with the best loss coming at the hands of then-WBA titleholder Keith Thurman by majority-decision on January 26 of last yr.

Santana (25-8-1, 12 KOs), who resides in Ventura, California, has lost 4 of his last five bouts. His last fight took vicinity on January 25, dropping by using unanimous determination to former unified junior middleweight titleholder Jarrett Hurd.

Lopez does renowned he could be looking at a mirror-graphic of himself within the ring Saturday evening in Santana, but feels he has the intangibles to tug out the victory.

“There are lots of similarities between Santana and that i,” Lopez advised The Ring over the mobilephone Tuesday evening. “i need to think that I’m extra versatile than he’s. The sturdiness and grit is there. We each have that each one-action, come-ahead style. We each fight with our hearts.

“I believe we both were raised in the pro ranks and we took the hard highway. We didn’t take any convenient fights, particularly over the last couple of years. We at all times seem to be in first rate fights so it’s going to wonderful to see how the fight will play out Saturday night.”

Lopez, who begun his profession fighting between one hundred thirty and one hundred thirty five kilos, is now being trained by using Robert Garcia. Lopez has loved the comfort of training at Garcia’s gymnasium it really is also found in Riverside.

With the entire different quantity of world titleholders, contenders and prospect that educate at Garcia’s fitness center, Lopez never has problem finding a person to spar against. Lopez additionally believes each and every fighter Garcia trains feeds off one yet another from the work ethic each places in the fitness center.

“Robert has reinvigorated my profession,” noted Lopez, who has fought below the PBC banner for the final a couple of years. “I may attribute every thing to the complete crew. Robert, his son (Robert, Jr.). It’s not only one grownup. I in reality believe Robert has the choicest boxing fitness center on this planet. in the gym, you have hungry fighters, whether they’re desirable fighters or young, unbeaten opponents. we all push one one other. It’s what a fighter wants. I for my part include it. I’ve gotten a lot more desirable and smarter from all of the work I’ve put in with Robert at his gym.”

Lopez acknowledges the importance of Saturday’s battle towards Santana. Neither fighter can find the money for a loss and a win might put either fighter a step nearer to facing an A-degree fighter or having an extra fight on a major platform.

Lopez isn’t overlooking Santana.

“it’s a need to-win,” observed Lopez. “every battle from right here on out is a ought to-win. There’s no room for losses. I’ve prepared myself to win. I’ve carried out all of the work. Now I ought to execute.”

Lopez has skilled the peaks and valleys of the game, notably inside a 3-month span in 2012. In June of that 12 months, Lopez pulled off an upset win over Victor Ortiz, notching a knockout when Ortiz did not answer the bell for round 9.

Ortiz become penciled to face Canelo Alvarez with the win over Lopez, however Lopez faced Alvarez later that yr in September. Lopez put up a valiant effort, however became dropped thrice en route to a knockout loss. Lopez acknowledges that no matter if it become fighting Ortiz, Alvarez or any fighter, he was willing to provide his all within the ring.

“It’s hard to pinpoint a moment I’ve had that become profession-defining. I suggest, my win over Ortiz was my step forward to the exact level. I don’t consider there changed into one fight that says who i am (as a fighter). I’ve all the time desired to reveal that i was inclined to face the true guys in my career. I’m the identical pleasing fighter as i used to be in 2006.

“I simply suppose I’m a wiser fighter now.”

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring due to the fact October of 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas seeing that 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) star newspaper. He may also be reached via electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing