Looking to get his career back on track after two tough losses to top fighters, "The Riverside Rocky" Josesito Lopez is back in the ring this evening at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., where he'll face veteran Mike Arnaoutis in a get-well fight in tonight's FOX Sports 1 main event.
Lopez (30-6, 18 KO) has actually lost three of his last four fights, but his 2012 upset of Victor Ortiz made him an instant fan favorite, and a pair of gutsy stoppage defeats at the hands of a far too big Canelo Alvarez and then hard-hitting Marcos Maidana did little to curb fans' enthusiasm for the 29-year-old welterweight.
Arnaoutis (24-9-2, 11 KO) is a soft touch meant to get Lopez back in the win column. He's a competent fighter who was once considered a rising prospect, but his career started to go south in 2006 with a frustrating loss to Ricardo Torres in which Arnaoutis appeared to be the better fighter when he actually let his hands go. Since then, he's just 7-8 in 15 fights, with losses to Kendall Holt, Victor Ortiz, Tim Coleman, Delvin Rodriguez, Demetrius Hopkins, Danny Garcia, Issouf Kinda, and Chris Algieri. He is a professional opponent at this stage of his career, which is just what the doctor ordered for Lopez after a series of really hard battles.
Three more fights will also be televised tonight. In the co-feature, 28-year-old super featherweight Francisco Vargas (17-0-1, 13 KO) battles Jerry Belmontes (18-2, 5 KO) in a 10-round bout. Belmontes, 25, has lost two of his last three. Also, we'll see junior middleweight prospect Jermall Charlo (16-0, 12 KO) in against Joseph De Los Santos (17-11-3, 9 KO), and 2012 Olympian and super bantamweight prospect Joseph Diaz Jr (7-0, 5 KO) faces Carlos Rodriguez (18-12-4, 10 KO).