Jose Lopez was outmatched against Saul Alvarez Saturday night in their bout for the WBC light middleweight title, getting TKO'd in the fifth round. But despite not putting up a deep fight, he deserves to avenge his last loss to Jesse Vargas.
Josesito was coming off arguably the best victory of his career, a KO of Victor Ortiz where he broke the man's jaw.
That win alone left him as a dark horse for the fight against Alvarez, but the Mexican superstar and one of boxing's up-and-coming pound-for-pound leaders made sure this one was over early, putting him on the mat three times in the first four rounds before finishing the job in the fifth.
Lopez was fighting out of class, and there has to be a big level of respect for him to jump into the ring against one of the world's best boxers only to be outmatched on a high level.
His career record sits at 30-5 after the loss. One of those five losses was to Jesse Vargas, whom Lopez fought at 140 to a split-decision loss about this time last year.
That fight would put him back on track to compete and be a major player in his weight class, erase one of his career blemishes and maybe even set up a third fight between the two men later on in their respective careers.
The victory against Ortiz will outweigh this ugly loss to Alvarez, and for good reason. Instead of leaving those two fights 0-2, he made Ortiz pay with a broken jaw and set himself up in a win-win situation, no matter the outcome of the Alvarez fight.
Of course, no boxer wants to lose, and Lopez is no different. He will come back with a chip on his shoulder after being knocked out for the first time in his career.
Who better to unleash that chip against than Vargas, who will have to likely move up to 147 for a potential fight with Josesito?
Whoever Lopez draws next will be a solid matchup, strictly due to his now-higher pedigree after taking some high-profile fights. He fought for the title for a reason, and that will be on display in his next few comeback matches.
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