After all, Golden Boy Promotions had just announced Victor Ortiz was slated to challenge WBC Jr Middleweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez September 15th.
Having already been dismissed by many as a 'tune-up' for Ortiz, a prideful, impassioned Josesito Lopez entered the ring with something to prove. And despite being the naturally smaller man and fighting at welterweight for the first time, the lesser-accomplished 6 1/2 to 1 underdog engineered a stunning upset at Staples Center last night.
Victor Ortiz utilized pressure and power-punching most of the night and was winning an entertaining, action-packed bout until he refused to come out for the 9th Round, citing a broken jaw.
Previously rated as The RING's No. 3 welterweight, Ortiz was ahead on all three scorecards, 88-83, 87-84 and 86-85 at the time of the stoppage.
In what may be a candidate for Fight of the Year, Ortiz out-landed Lopez overall, 147 to 122, but Lopez edged Ortiz in power shots, landing 110 of 203 (36%), while Ortiz connected on 99 of 221 (45%).
Ortiz entered as the #3 welterweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine.
Lopez was a 6.5/1 betting underdog
Ortiz was originally scheduled for a rematch with Andre Berto, who tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug in May which led to the bout's cancellation.
Ortiz entered with a record of 1-1-1 in his previous three. Lopez lost his previous bout via split decision to Jessie Vargas (16-0).
At 144 3/4 lbs, Lopez weighed in at the heaviest of his career.