Josesito Lopez’s upset ninth-round TKO over former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday highlighted a successful weekend of victories by Goossen Tutor Promotions fighters.
“It was a big weekend for us both on Friday and Saturday night,” said Goossen Tutor president, Dan Goossen, who also had fighters competing on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. “We just had a great weekend overall.”
Lopez (29-4, 18 knockouts) was fighting at a career-high 144 3/4 pounds against Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), who was in line for a Sept. 15 challenge to WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) on Showtime Pay Per View.
Although there is a rematch clause in the contract, Goossen said he is awaiting the result of Ortiz’s recovery before deciding what is next for Lopez.
“When you have a broken jaw, we have to find out the extent of Ortiz’s injuries, and then we’ll make some determinations moving forward,” said Goossen.
Also on Saturday, former junior featherweight titleholder Rico Ramos (21-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight-round majority decision over Efrain Esquivias (16-1, 9 KOs) in the main event of a Telefutura-televised card at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, Calif.
Ramos was able to rebound from being dethroned as WBA beltholder in January by sixth-round knockout against two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“Rico has put himself back into the picture. This was the type of performance that he’s always been capable of. We had seen it in flashes, but last night, he was consistent every minute of every round, throwing punches and fighting. Rico is so fast and accurate and has a lot of ability when he utilizes those assets he has. He put on a solid performance against a very tough, undefeated puncher,” said Goossen.
“When you are a former world champion who is one fight removed from being a champion, you don’t want to go backward. The only way to move forward is to prove that you’ve tightened up your game. He’s shown that now. He took the challenge with Esquivias as a tool to make a statement that he’s got the ability to get back to the world championship level.”
On the same card, lightweight John Molina (24-1, 19 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Miguel Ángel Munguía to remain on pace to challenge WBC beltholder Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) on Sept. 8.
Also on the card was junior bantamweight light Matthew Villanueva (8-0-1, 7 KOs) earned an eight-round unanimous decision over Bruno Escalante (5-1-1, 3 KOs).
“Matt Villanueva is the reincarnation of Michael Carbajal,” said Goossen. “He’s going to bring excitement back into that division. It was just a great, great performance against another undefeated kid.”
Also, bantamweight Jessie Villanueva (2-0, 2 KOs) — all of whom will face opppnents to be determined.
On Friday night, super middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzalez (16-0, 10 KOs) decisioned Elie Augstama (6-5, 3 KOs), and junior welterweight standout Mike Dallas (19-2-1, 8 KOs) scored a sixth-round stoppage over Javier Castro (27-5, 22 KOs) in the Friday Night Fights main event.
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