June 21st, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- Boxing’s heated summer schedule of intriguing match ups continues this weekend featuring two solid cards. As always first, let’s delve into the marquee tiff!
DO OR DIE TYPE AFFAIR FOR POPULAR FORMER CHAMP!
After two cancellations a proposed enticing rematch of one of 2010’s best wars between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto (first due to an injury sustained to Berto, then a steroid bust for Berto), former welterweight (147 lbs) belt holder “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) finally gets a chance to “dance” on the “big stage” in hopes to redeem himself from last year’s disaster at being exposed as a “green” controversial combatant (more on that later). This Saturday, Ortiz will take on unheralded pug Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs) in a slated 12 rounds of pounding at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, at 9 PM ET on Showtime.
HEADED FOR THE BIG TIME, ORTIZ QUIT DURING TEST!
In a “life or death” battle against tough champion Marcos Maidana, Ortiz floored Maidana in the first stanza. Maidana recovered, beat the count, and an over confident Ortiz moved in for the kill. Rising to the occasion, a clear-headed Maidana railed sending Ortiz flat on his back to the canvas. Ortiz quickly got up and a memorable war ensued. After six back and forth action filled rounds, Maidana hit the canvas once more, got up, and so did Ortiz. After rising to his feet, a weary Ortiz got drilled by a few more shots, took a knee on his own admission, and quit.
Postmortem committing ”boxing’s biggest sin,” Ortiz picked up a few wins against “club fighters” and put himself back in the spotlight against then WBC belt holder Andre Berto. In a savage war of knockdown exchanges and brutal punishment administered by both combatants; Victor Ortiz prevailed earning a 12 round unanimous decision.
A CLOSER LOOK AT VICTOR
Characteristically, while failing at the highest level of the game against the mighty Floyd Mayweather Jr. for (again) “losing his head” and breaking more cardinal rules of the sport (this time not protecting yourself at all times & intentionally fouling out of desperation), on the contrary; Ortiz brings a lot of intensity and emotion to the show. As far as boxing is concerned; Victor’s versatile arsenal of assault contains a decent combination of speed and power while keeping regard to a tight “hands up” style defense. Ortiz usually enjoys a slight size advantage over his adversary and is a southpaw: a style which enables most conventional fighters to look off the mark.
WHO IS LOPEZ WHO & WHAT DOES HE HAVE TO OFFER?
Josesito Lopez isn’t a bad fighter, but he isn’t all that great either. Although Josesito has descent power, skill wise he doesn’t really oppose much threat to Ortiz, hence why Golden Boy Promotions elected to have him face their charge in a “safe stay busy work” type of contest in hopes to keep Vic sharp in preparation for his already scheduled bout against WBC belt holder Saul Alvarez, who refuses to face top-rated Erislandy Lara in the fall.
UNDERCARD HAS POTIENTAL TO BURN THE HOUSE DOWN!
All action light welterweight (140) volume punchers Humberto Soto (58-7-2, 34 KOS) and Lucas Matthysee (30-2, 28 KOs) lace’em up for a slated 12 rounds of possible savage combat.
As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated show features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases a solid scheduled 12 round light welterweight (140) showdown between two once promising “up and comers” in Javier Castro (27-4, 22 KOs) and Mike Dallas Jr. (18-2-1, 7 KOs). Televised coverage begins Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.