Canelo Alvarez’s Next Opponent Is…Josesito Lopez?
First it was Paul Williams. Then Williams ended up in a tragic motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed. Next it was James Kirkland. Then Kirkland realized that his shoulder hadn’t quite recovered from surgery and the only fix was another million dollars. After that it was Victor Ortiz. Then Ortiz had his jaw broken in two places by a smaller guy and massive underdog named Josesito Lopez and watched his seven-figure pay day vanish.
You can call it the “Curse of Canelo” since three of the fighters set to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th have signed the dotted line and had something happen where they could no longer fight. Golden Boy Promotions couldn’t just cancel the card because it is on Mexican Independence Day (not to mention going head to head with Top Rank’s high profile battle between Julio Cesar Chavez and Sergio Martinez). So they had to find another opponent for the redhead. After a few weeks of sifting through names like Austin Trout and Cornelius Bundrage, they finally found a suitor.
The underdog that roughed up Victor Ortiz several weeks back has scored the biggest fight of his career against a massive star in Mexico. But there is a problem here. No, it’s not the fact that Lopez will be an even bigger underdog against the hard hitting Alvarez. It’s the ridiculous size differential between the two.
Lopez — who was a substitute for Andre Berto when Berto got popped for steroids – had to move up to the 147 weight class from his natural weight of 140 (he only weighed in at 144). When he steps into the ring with Canelo, Lopez will have to bump up to 154 lbs. That’s a scary thought. But Lopez probably doesn’t care. All he knows is that he went from a regular guy to a world class spoiler with an opportunity to pull off arguably one of the greatest runs in a three month span in a long, long time. The odds will be against him and Canelo is likely going to be a massive favorite. But maybe Lopez can summon another miracle. Or, maybe he’s just that good and we slept on it. Either way, it’s great for him, but not exactly the September 15th blockbuster we wanted to see.
Now we just have to hope that Lopez can make it to the fight.