Josesito Lopez pulled off a huge upset win by halting Victor Ortiz in the ninth round of their welterweight clash on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Lopez stepped in as a replacement after Andre Berto failed a drug test and he bravely stood and traded with Ortiz, who was ahead on the judges’ scorecards when he quit the fight due to a broken jaw.
IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver has tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid drostanolone, from a sample taken before his June 2 defence against Lateef Kayode at the Home Depot Center in California.
Tarver fought his younger opponent to a draw that night but the result is likely to be changed to a no-decision after the veteran failed the urine test administered by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
Forbes.com named Mayweather its highest-paid athlete over the last year. Mayweather earned $85 million (£54m), knocking golfer Tiger Woods out of the top spot that he has held since 2001.
Alavarez's original opponent was Paul Williams but after Williams was left paralyzed from an unfortunate motorcycle injury, the fight was obviously canceled.
Having announced his replacement opponent for his June 23 date at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, Victor Ortiz took to the campaign trail this weekend. The former WBC world champion was at the LA Dodgers game against Houston Astros to throw the first pitch and drum up some support for his bout against fresh-faced contender Josesito Lopez.
Victor Ortiz officially announced that he would face Josesito Lopez at the Staples Center on June 23 for the WBC welterweight silver title, yesterday, after original opponent Andre Berto failed a drug test.
Just weeks after Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson’s highly anticipated rematch was called off due to a failed drugs test another blockbuster return was thrown into jeopardy yesterday after it was revealed Andre Berto failed a drugs test.
Former three-division world champion Robert Guerrero and undefeated number one rated WBC welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin came together via video link on Thursday to announce their July 28 clash at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
The pair will square off for the WBC interim welterweight world championship and Aydin who had already began his training camp in Stuttgart, Germany, addressed members of the media via Skype.
The eagerly anticipated rematch is back on after having been postponed from its original date of February 11 when Berto sustained an arm injury in training.