Ortiz vs Lopez press conference pictures
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.
‘I’ve watched Josesito quite a bit and he’s a great fighter. We share one thing in common and that’s a lot of heart,’ said Ortiz. ‘It’s going to be a great night, he’s ready to fight and that makes two of us.
‘The Berto thing didn’t work out with me but as I do always I moved forward. But hey Berto did what he had to do and I knew it from the first time we fought… its just too bad.’
‘I’m excited about this opportunity. I’ve been in training and working hard. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I plan to take advantage of it,’ said Lopez.
‘It’s no secret that Victor has a weak chin and I plan to exploit that. I’ll be looking for the knockout. If not, I know I’ll need to win 10 out of the 12 rounds to walk out of there a champion. I can’t leave it in the judges’ hands.’
Also at the press conference was heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, who joins the pair on the bill in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined.
Welterweight contender Josesito Lopez steps up to face Victor Ortiz after Andre Berto fails drug test
Victor Ortiz commends his new opponent ahead of their June 23 clash at the Staples Center, LA
Ortiz and Lopez face off
The fighters pose for the camera
Joining Ortiz and Lopez on the bill, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola says a few words
Ortiz and Lopez pose with the big man
Photos by Gene Blevins for Hoganphotos and Golden Boy Promotions