We are live at the world-famous Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez fight tonight.
Both Ortiz and Lopez made weight on Friday for their welterweight fight. Ortiz came in at 146.5 lbs, Lopez at 144.5 lbs.
The weigh-in staredown was intense, with Ortiz and Lopez getting in each other's faces, and things got real heated.
Lopez feels a bit disrespected that Ortiz is already looking past tonight's fight and on to his next big payday on the Mexican holiday weekend of Sept. 15 in a potential super pay-per-view fight against new Mexican sensation Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Also on tonight's card is the fight that many, including myself, feel will be fight of the night and possibly fight of the year, with Humberto Soto vs. Lucas Matthysse who both made weight for their 140-lb title eliminator bout.
Ortiz has stated via Twitter that his after-fight party will be at Club Icon, which is a night club across the street from the mighty Staples Center, and that Bay Area rapper E-40 will be performing.
Lopez, although not a big-name fighter, is from the relatively close local town of Riverside, so he may bring in a decent neighborhood following, and he fights in an exciting crowd pleasing manner. If Ortiz is really overlooking him in tonight's fight, then this may be more competitive than we think.
Whenever a big fight comes to Staples Center, usually many of Hollywood's stars show up and sit ringside since it is in their backyard. Tonight's fight was initially supposed to be the highly anticipated rematch of Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz—their first fight in 2011 was awarded fight of the year by many publications.
It will be interesting to see which stars come out tonight to see the fights. I'll be updating this live blog through out the night with tonight's results and which celebrities and athletes are in the house, so keep checking back to this live blog.
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