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Also This Weekend: Saul Alvarez vs Josesito Lopez

 

When: Saturday, September 15th, Showtime 9 PM ET

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

For: WBC Light Middleweight Title

 

Fighters

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: Defending WBC Light Middleweight Title

Height- 5’9”                           Reach- 71 inches

Record- (40-0-1, 29 KO)      From Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Age: 22 Years Old

Last Fight- Won against Shane Mosley (05/05/2012)

Stance: Orthodox

Fighting Style: Alvarez is an economical, powerful fighter. He works methodically and picks his power shots wisely. A good combination puncher but is flat-footed at times with good, but has-yet-to-be-challenged defense.

 

Josesito Lopez

Height- 5’10”                                     Reach- 72 inches

Record- (30-4-0, 1 NC, 18 KO)        From Riverside, California

Age: 28 Years Old

Last Fight- Won against Victor Ortiz (06/23/2012)

Stance: Orthodox

Fighting Style: Lopez is a slugger who usually stands in front of his opponents and wings punches. He isn’t the hardest hitting boxer in the division but as we saw when he broke Victor Ortiz’s jaw in his last fight, it’s best not to leave a chin out for him to hit repeatedly.

My Prediction: Saul Alvarez will win by Unanimous Decision and retain his title. Lopez is naturally a smaller fighter and the move up in weight isn’t going to help his punching power. Alvarez is too disciplined to get into a brawling match with Lopez and he will box and use his power to keep Lopez off of him. The event is taking place in the same city at the same time as the Martinez-Chavez, Jr. fight and that is unfortunate for fight fans and the sport in general.

 

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