Victor Ortiz continues his march towards another title this Saturday night as he takes on Josesito Lopez at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Calif., but he must not overlook Lopez with his September 15th showdown with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at stake (per ESPN).
Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs) is not a walk-through opponent that Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) can coast his way to a victory against. Lopez lost a close split-decision to up-and-comer Jessie Vargas last September on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather and Ortiz's now infamous bout. He entered that tough test on a seven-fight win streak, with the last two coming by way of knockout.
With 17 KOs in his 29 wins, Lopez has the power to test Ortiz's chin; so Ortiz must keep his guard up at all times and give his all in the bout.
In addition to being able to throw a punch, Lopez can also take a punch and has never lost by knockout, as all four of his losses were by decision.
Ortiz has lost by KO twice in his career—one being the caught-by-surprise KO by Mayweather last September after Ortiz headbutted Mayweather. Ortiz's overly apologetic actions cost him dearly when he failed to protect himself at all times.
The other was when Ortiz lost via TKO the first time he fought in the Staples Center back in June of 2009 against Marcos Rene Maidana. After both fighters met the canvas multiple times in the fight, Ortiz was deemed not able to continue after suffering a cut in the fifth round and a knockdown in Round 6.
Ortiz would be best suited going for the KO against Lopez, as he has more than enough power to knockout most opponents put in front of him; and going into his bout with Alvarez with an impressive victory would be great for the hype of the fight, and Ortiz's confidence as well.