In an exciting, back-and-forth fight, Josesito Lopez (30-4 18 KO) stunned Victor Ortiz (29-4-2 22 KO) at the end of the ninth round Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Ortiz, who was well ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, was forced to retire in his corner with an apparent broken jaw.
"Josesito busted my jaw," Ortiz told Jim Gray of Showtime in the ring as he was being ushered out to get medical attention. His speech was clearly affected and he was in visible pain.
See video of the end of the fight here.
Lopez, who was a late substitution after Andre Berto tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, promised to prove he was more than just an opponent.
He certainly did just that and in the process derailed a September 15th junior middleweight showdown between Ortiz and undefeated Canelo Alvarez. Lopez, who was coming up from 140 pounds to face Ortiz, didn't seem to mind.
"I'm happy, I'm excited. Like I said I had to fight the fight of my life to win," Lopez told Jim Gray after the fight. "I told everybody I was gonna shock the world. Today is my day."
With the loss, Ortiz leaves Alvarez once again without an opponent. Originally scheduled to face Paul Williams, the fight was cancelled when The Punisher suffered a career-ending injury when he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.
Shortly after, James Kirkland accepted the fight, only to pull out a few days later.
Despite his win, Lopez will not likely get consideration, as he would be forced to move up another weight class and would be grossly outsized by Alvarez.
For Ortiz the loss is another devastating setback. At the time of the stoppage all three judges had him well ahead. Scores were 86-85, 87-84 and 88-82.
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