Josesito Lopez says Victor Ortiz showed no heart last night, when Lopez broke Ortiz's jaw and scored the upset win. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Josesito Lopez didn't pull any punches during his upset last night of Victor Ortiz, breaking the favored man's jaw and forcing him to quit in the corner after nine rounds, and didn't pull any punches after the fight, either, saying that Ortiz showed no heart.
"I'm a man and I'm not intimidated by anything. Victor tried to intimidate me but it didn't work. Victor has no heart. ... I knew the longer the fight went, the better chance I had. I chopped him down. I told you that I would shock the world."
Lopez (30-4, 18 KO) has put himself into the mix at 140 or 147 now, wherever he wants to fight. He's got the WBC Silver title at 147, and I've no doubt that if Robert Guerrero beats Selcuk Aydin for the interim WBC title (which is vacant) on July 28, Golden Boy and Showtime would be happy to make a Guerrero-Lopez fight, and Lopez and Goossen Tutor would be happy to take it.
Part of me questions the "no heart" thing, but I mean, it's Victor Ortiz, and he's quit before when the going got tough, and I'm not going to start calling him a punk about it, but I've seen guys fight through broken jaws. Arthur Abraham and Jo Jo Dan spring to mind. And Ortiz's corner tried to get him back out there. It was the fighter who stopped the fight: He's going to take criticism for that because that's how boxing is.
All I know is that Victor Ortiz is in a very unique spot right now, and I'll talk more about him later. He's one of the strangest characters in boxing in every way.