Berto to get license in California

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Former two-time Welterweight champion Andre Berto has received a boxing license in California three months after he tested positive for a banned substance prior to his rematch with Victor Ortiz according to Dan Rafael of espn.com

“As someone who truly believes in clean sport, I have never used any type of performance-enhancing drugs,” Berto said in a statement. “Everything I’ve achieved was the result of hard work and determination. I am excited that this whole situation is behind me, and I look forward to returning to the ring soon with another exciting performance, so stay tuned.”

“We sent all of the medical material to California and he was issued a license,” said promoter Lou DiBella, who has promoted Berto for his entire career. “I’m glad he’s back in the ring with his eye on the prize, and in the future he’ll be more careful. He wasn’t on a steroid program. It was probably a tainted substance that caused the positive test. That is my belief. Right now, Andre Berto is focused on getting back in the ring. He’s looking forward to his next fight taking place as soon as possible.”

DiBella said there were no specific plans in the works for Berto’s return.

“He just got licensed (Tuesday),” DiBella said. “We were hoping the license would be coming, and now we can get to work on his next fight.”

WBC SILVER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION JOSESITO LOPEZ & RIVERSIDE MAYOR LOVERIDGE CELEBRATE!

July 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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RIVERSIDE, CA (July 20) – Earlier today WBC Silver Welterweight Champion Josesito
Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) met with Riverside’s Mayor Ronald Loveridge to celebrate his
recent upset victory over ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz.

Just under a month ago Mayor Loveridge and the mayor of Ventura, Mike Tracy, put
up a friendly wager of their city’s home-grown fruits for the Victor Ortiz – Josesito
Lopez fight. Mayor Tracy bet a flat of strawberries to Riverside Mayor Loveridge’s
box of oranges that Ventura’s Ortiz would beat Riverside’s Lopez for the WBC Welterweight
Silver Belt Championship. The Ventura resident did not succeed.
It was a stunning upset win for Lopez who took the fight on short notice after
Ortiz’s original opponent, Andre Berto, tested positive for an illegal substance.
“We’re very proud to have Jose Lopez as a member of the Riverside community.
He is a great athlete that showed his determination to achieve his goals. He represents
the heart of Riverside. I have no doubt that he will continue being successful.”
Now, Lopez is scheduled to take on reigning WBC Super Welterweight World Champion
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday, September 15 in front of thousands
of fight fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The “Knockout King” card will also
be televised on SHOWTIME Championship boxing – free to subscribers.

“Knockout Kings,” a tremendous evening of pure Mexican pride, is promoted by Golden
Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions
and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The
quadruple-header will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
and will be televised live on SHOWTIME.

Although Mayor Loveridge has yet to receive his flat of fresh strawberries, it didn’t
stop the two Riverside representatives from shaking hands over a strawberry shake.
With the crowning belt proudly draped over Lopez’s shoulder, the pair discussed
the dramatic upset victory and their future plans to keep their city on the map.
Photo credit: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

Riverside’s Mayor Loveridge enjoys a shake with WBC Silver Welterweight Champion
Josesito Lopez.

Josesito Lopez autographs a photo for Mayor Loveridge.

Lopez autographs photos at the Mayor’s office. Behind him SHOWTIME “ALL ACCESS”
crew captures the moment on film.

Mayor Loveridge and Champion Josesito Lopez share a hand shake over a strawberry
milkshake.

Mayor Ronald Loveridge, WBC Silver Welterweight

Champion Josesito Lopez and Councilman Rusty Bailey.

Ortiz has jaw surgery

June 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, Former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz had surgery to fix a broken jaw that he suffered in his surprising ninth round loss to Josesito Lopez on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

During a visit with Ortiz on Monday morning, Ortiz manager Rolando Arellano said Ortiz wrote down on a piece of paper “exercise the rematch clause” because he wants to face Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) again, as is his contractual right, even though Ortiz likely won’t fight for the rest of this year.

“Victor broke the jaw in the fifth round. He felt a weird sensation because he couldn’t close his mouth all the way,” Arellano said. “So he was holding his glove underneath his jaw to keep it closed because it was hanging open. Victor fought four or five rounds with a broken jaw and every time he would throw punches, he would take his glove away from his jaw and it would just drop. He said every time he got hit on it, it felt like someone was slicing open his body it hurt so much. He didn’t know what was going on.”

Arellano said Ortiz eventually began to gag on “thick blood in his mouth. The doctors said it was extremely dangerous because he had internal bleeding, which they said they could tell by the thickness of the blood. This was a lot more serious than anyone anticipated at first when we just thought he had a broken jaw.”

“Of course, we want the rematch, just like Victor wrote down for me, but I just want to make sure this young man is OK,” Arellano said. “It was an exciting fight and we were winning but it was just one of those things that happen in boxing. It’s always unpredictable.

“Victor was down because the injury happened, but this is part of the sport. We know that we live by the sword and die by the sword, and we can’t stand here and cry about it. You lick your wounds and move forward.”

VIDEO: Ortiz – Lopez post fight wrap up

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Lopez breaks Ortiz jaw and pulls off stunning upset

June 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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In what was on paper a formality before a September 15th Pay Per View showdown with Saul Alvarez, Victor Ortiz was supposed to walk through late replacement and blown up Jr. Welterweight Josesito Lopez.

But one problem, Lopez did not receive the memo as the upstart from Riverside, California pulled off a shocking stoppage victory after round nine of their twelve round Welterweight bout at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Lopez, who fought through a shut right eye, took the bout on short notice after a failed drug test to Andre Berto.

The fight was a terrific back and forth brawl that saw many ebbs and flows and drama throughout the fight.

The action started early for which Lopez through wide and looping shots that crunched off the face of Ortiz. Ortiz landed some hard lefts and drove Lopez back to the ropes and even tried roughhouse tactics. In round five, Ortiz landed a hard left hand to the back of the head of Lopez that was an illegal blow and Lopez took several minutes to get himself together.

The action continued at a furious pace as both landed tremendous shots and the fight seemed to be close heading down the stretch.

Towards the end of round nine, Lopez landed a wide left hand that slammed off the side of the face of Ortiz. Ortiz sat in his stool and announced to referee Jack Reiss that he could not continue due to a possible broken jaw.

With those action, Ortiz loses a potential seven figure pay day with the WBC Super Welterweight champion Alvarez and Lopez great performance announces him as a player in the 140 & 147 pound divisions.

Lopez, 144 1/2 lbs of Riverside, CA is now 30-4 with eighteen knockouts. Ortiz, 146 1/2 lbs of Ventura, CA is now 29-4-2.

All Lucas Matthysse needed was one big right hand and he landed it just before the end of round five and he stopped former world champion Humberto Soto after round five of their scheduled ten round Jr. Welterweight bout.

It was Soto who boxed well over the first two rounds as he used some quick combinations. Matthysse started getting his power shots going, particularly to the body in round three. Soto rebounded to get back to boxing in round three. Matthysse started revving up the heavy artillery at the end of round as started landing power shots to the head and body. Matthysse landed a heavy right hand that sent Soto stumbling back to the ropes. Soto’s momentum off the ropes pushed him right into a huge right and dropped Soto for the first time in his career just seconds before the bell rang to signify the end of the round. When Soto got to his corner, the team waved off the fight at end of round five.

Matthysse of Argentina is now 31-2 with twenty nine knockouts. Soto of Los Mochis, MX is now 58-8-2.

Good looking Jr. Middleweight prospect Jermell Charlo scored an impressive fifth round stoppage over Denis Douglin in a scheduled ten round bout.

Charlo looked good over the first couple of rounds as he landed right hands by mixing them up between leads and working behind the hab. Douglin had a good round three as he found success working the body. That was short lived as Charlo got back to the right hand in round four and landed a booming right that sent Douglin flat on his back in round five. Douglin got to his feet but stumbled and referee Wayne Hedgepath stopped the bout at 1:12 of round round five.

Charlo, 153 3/4 lbs of Houston, TX is now 18-0 with nine knockouts. Douglin, 154 lbs of Marlboro, NJ is now 14-2.

Good looking Lightweight prospect Omar Figueroa made short work of Alain Hernandez by scoring a first rouns stoppage in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.

Figueroa jumped all over the smaller Hernandez and landed some hard shots. Figueroa then worked the body that pushed Hernandez back to the ropes. An ensuing flurry forced referee Jose Cobian to stop the bout just ninety-four seconds into the contest.

Figueroa, 137 lbs of Weslaco, TX is now 18-0-1 with fifteen knockouts. Hernandez, 137 lbs is now 18-11-1.

Weights from Los Angeles

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING:

VICTOR ORTIZ: 146 ½ Pounds

JOSESITO LOPEZ: 144 ¾ Pounds

HUMBERTO SOTO: 139 ½ Pounds

LUCAS MATTHYSSE: 138 ¾ Pounds

SHOWTIME EXTREME:

JERMELL CHARLO: 153 ¾ Pounds

DENIS DOUGLIN: 154 Pounds

OMAR FIGUEROA: 137 Pounds

ALAIN HERNANDEZ: 137 Pounds

“Ortiz vs. Lopez,” a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship taking place Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The co-feature will see former Three-Division World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto battle Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title which is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights airing on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the featured SHOWTIME EXTREME fight scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division, undefeated Jermell Charlo, of Houston, Texas, faces off against fellow prospect Denis Douglin, of New Jersey. Plus, unbeaten Texas knockout artist Omar Figueroa seeks another victory when he battles Mexico’s Alain Hernandez in an eight-round super lightweight matchup.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50 are available online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000 or at STAPLES Center box office.

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.goossentutor.com, www.thompsonboxing.com, www.staplescenter.com, http://Sports.SHO.com, follow us on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @VICIOUSOrtiz, @josesitolopez, @goossentutor, @thompsonboxing, @SHOsports, @STAPLESCenterLA; or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/goossentutor, www.facebook.com/ThompsonBoxing or www.facebook.com/ShoBoxing.

VICTOR ORTIZ, JOSESITO LOPEZ, HUMBERTO SOTO & LUCAS MATTHYSSE ARE CONFIDENT AND READY TO GO: FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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‘Ortiz vs. Lopez’ This Saturday, June 23 From STAPLES Center In Los Angeles

At 9 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast) Live on SHOWTIME®

LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2012) – The final press conference for one of the most oft-discussed fight cards of the year – “Ortiz vs. Lopez” taking place this Saturday, June 23 and televised live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from STAPLES Center – took place Thursday before boxing media and fans, who turned out for the free-to-the-public event.

With much at stake, popular former World Champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s), of Ventura, Calif., will take on former NABF Champion Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s), of Riverside, Calif., for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship in Saturday’s 12-round main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

In a collision of world-rated super lightweights in the 12-round co-feature, former Three-Time World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (59-7-2, 34 KO’s), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will be opposed by hard-hitting, top-rated contender Lucas Matthysse (30-2, 28 KO’s), of Trelew, Argentina, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas 140-pound title.

Preliminary fights will be televised live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The featured televised prelim will be unbeaten Jermell Charlo (17-0, 8 KOs), of Houston, Texas, against Denis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs), of Marlboro, N.J., in a 10-round junior middleweight scrap.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50 are available online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000 or at STAPLES Center box office. Fight live fight Saturday is at 2:30 p.m. PT. Doors at STAPLES Center open at 2 p.m.

Here are what the fighters and executives had to say Thursday from the press conference at STAPLES Center.

VICTOR ORTIZ

“Josesito, I take nothing from him. He’s a great fighter and I’ve been watching him as much as he’s been watching me. No disrespect on my end. We both plan to do one thing and that is to destroy each other. I will hold my hand up at the end. I’ve been working too hard. Tune in guys and thank you for checking out this fight. Get your beers and your chips and everything you need to get ready and come support us or check us out on SHOWTIME.”

JOSESITO LOPEZ

“I am prepared for this fight. I have a very, very tough man ahead of me and I’m going to have to fight the fight of my life, but this is what I’m used to. I have prepared really well for this moment. I’ve had a tough training camp and I’m ready to get in there. This is an anxious moment to get in there and prove myself.”

HUMBERTO SOTO

“I’m very happy to be here in Los Angeles. It’s like my second home. I’m very well prepared for this fight. We know the level of fighter that Matthysse is. It’s the level of fighter that I have been asking for. The winners are going to be the fans. On Saturday you’re going to see a great fight.”

LUCAS MATTHYSSE

“I’m very happy that Golden Boy invited me back. Soto is a very good fighter. We’re excited and we’re going to put on a great fight.”

JERMELL CHARLO

“I’m just coming to do what I have to do like I did last time. I’m going to show up and I’m going to do what Team Charlo does. I take no opponents for granted. I don’t look at him as an underdog. I look at myself as an underdog. When I walk in the ring I take it step by step. You’ll see Saturday.”

DENIS DOUGLIN

“I am really excited about this fight. I’m from the East Coast so a lot of you guys have probably never seen me before. It’s a tough fight. I’m really excited to fight Jermell. We’re both up-and-coming fighters. He’s 17-0. I’m 14-1. A lot of people probably look at me as the underdog, but I don’t look at myself that way. Look out for me.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA (President, Golden Boy Promotions)

“This event is an exciting one. We are really looking forward to it. We have two tremendous fighters who are hungry, who are just ready to go to war Saturday night. SHOWTIME is looking forward to it and all the people are looking forward to it. We are truly excited.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA (Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports)

“SHOWTIME has a long history of bringing boxing fans the best matchups, the most exciting, action- packed fights and this is a perfect example. We have Victor Ortiz, one of the most charismatic and entertaining stars in boxing. He is never in a bad fight and he is always exciting. And we have Josesito Lopez. For those of you who don’t know the name, this is not an easy fight for Victor by any means and I want to take a moment to pay tribute to Josesito because when Andre Berto was no longer available to take this fight, there were a lot of names that were proposed as opponents. Josesito was the guy who stepped up on short notice. He was the guy who said ‘I’ll do it. I’ll rise to the challenge,’ and that is the kind of spirit and that is the kind of backbone that he has. He is not backing away from a challenge and this will be an exciting fight. I guarantee it.

“We also have Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse, two of the most underrated and underappreciated fighters in the sport, (both) knockout artists. Do not get a drink; do not go to the bathroom during that fight. It will be a thriller all the way through. For those of you who watch boxing, we had a great fight in March between Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez and it is a candidate for Fight of the Year. I actually think the Fight of the Year might be Matthysse vs. Soto. That’s how interested I am in this fight.”

“Ortiz vs. Lopez,” a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship taking place Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The co-feature will see former Three-Division World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto battle Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title which is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights airing on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.goossentutor.com, www.thompsonboxing.com, www.staplescenter.com, http://Sports.SHO.com, follow us on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @VICIOUSOrtiz, @josesitolopez, @goossentutor, @thompsonboxing, @SHOsports, @STAPLESCenterLA; or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/goossentutor, www.facebook.com/ThompsonBoxing or www.facebook.com/ShoBoxing.

MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES VICTOR ORTIZ, JOSESITO LOPEZ, HUMBERTO SOTO & LUCAS MATTHYSSE

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Ortiz vs. Lopez’ Live This Saturday, June 23, From STAPLES Center, Los Angeles,

At 9 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®

LOS ANGELES (June 20, 2012) – Former World Champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) of Ventura, Calif., former NABF Champion Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s) of Riverside, Calif., former Three-Time World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and hard-hitting, top rated contender Lucas Matthysse took part in a final media workout on Wednesday at Fortune Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, just days before they do battle on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, June 23 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight title is on the line in the 12-round Ortiz vs. Lopez bout while Soto (59-7-2, 34 KO’s), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will battle Trelew, Argentina native Matthysse (30-2, 28 KO’s) in 12-round co-featured bout for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50 are available online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000 or at STAPLES Center box office.

Here are what the fighters had to say on Wednesday:

VICTOR ORTIZ:

“Fans can expect a great show on Saturday night. There haven’t been many changes in this camp. I have always had a goal to be one of the greatest fighters of all time and that goal is still there. I have trained hard for a good fight and I am ready.

“Josesito is a hell of a fighter. I’m not taking anything away from him, but right now he is stepping into the wrong den. I will show it Saturday night.”

JOSESITO LOPEZ:

“I just recently started watching tapes. It does make a difference. I used to just let my coach watch, but it does give a clearer idea about what you have to look forward to. Training has been going great. I moved up in weight and it’s given me that much more energy. I’ve had the energy, power, and strength throughout camp to not have to slow down.

“I am at a position where there are bigger things I want to achieve, and that’s motivation right there. On Saturday it all starts. On Saturday the smarter fighter will win.”

Regarding the Canelo Alvarez vs. Ortiz announcement:

“I find it disrespectful to announce the fight ahead of time, but if anything it gives me more motivation to achieve what I want to achieve. I think (the result) is going to surprise everyone.”

HUMBERTO SOTO:

“I am a very professional fighter. I feel very good at 140 pounds. Whoever said I lost speed and power, well that’s not true. I proved with my last three fights in this division that I can handle it.”

With regards to his game plan:

“Things change in the ring. I have my game plan, but once the bell rings I am going to see what’s in front of me, but I always prepare to win. I know Matthysse has as well, so it’s going to make for a very good fight.”

LUCAS MATTHYSSE:

“I expect to win by KO. I think I was robbed against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander in the United States, so expect a KO. I don’t want it going to the judges on Saturday, so expect a good fight.

“I respect Soto because he was a three-time world champion. He comes from lighter divisions and my strength will help me win.

“I trained in Junin, Buenos Aires, for two months. I sparred with nine sparring partners. I am in the best shape of my life.”

“Ortiz vs. Lopez,” a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship taking place Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The co-feature will see former Three-Division World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto battle Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title which is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights airing on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

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CONTACTS: Ramiro Gonzalez/Monica Sears, Golden Boy Promotions: (213) 489-5631

HUMBERTO SOTO LOOKS TO BECOME 60-FIGHT WINNER IN DANGEROUS FIGHT AGAINST LUCAS MATTHYSSE AS CO-FEATURE TO VICTOR ORTIZ VS. JOSESITO LOPEZ ON SATURDAY, JUNE 23 AT STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES

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Live on Saturday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

(Delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®

LOS ANGELES (June 19, 2012) – Former Three-Time World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto will seek to join rare company among active fighters with 60 wins as he pursues his 60th professional victory when he faces the always-dangerous and hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse in a battle of world-ranked super lightweights in the co-featured fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, June 23 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Soto (59-7-2, 34 KO’s), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will battle Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title and look to extend his current 15-fight winning streak. He’ll also look to push himself higher in the world ratings where he is already rated number two by the World Boxing Council (WBC), number three by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and number seven by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Matthysse (30-2, 28 KO’s), whose concussive power led him to scored nine knockdowns in a fight against former World Champion DeMarcus Corley, has won his last two fights and will be making his fifth start in the United States on Saturday night. Matthysse’s only losses came via controversial split decisions to former World Champions Devon Alexander and Zab Judah in a pair of fights that many ringside observers felt Matthysse won. A native of Trelew, Argentina, Matthysse is rated number four in the world by the WBC, number six by the WBA and number eleven by the WBO.

Soto and Matthysse’s 12-round fight will immediately precede what should be an exciting 12-round main event between former World Champion, Kansas native Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) who now resides in Ventura, Calif., and contender Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s) of Riverside, Calif.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50 are available online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000 or at STAPLES Center box office.

If triumphant, Soto at 32 years old, will join a handful of active fighters with 60 or more wins, including James Toney, Jorge Arce, Jose Luis Castillo, Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campos and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.

“Winning 60 fights would be great, but winning another world title is what I really want,” said Soto who turned professional at 17 years old in September of 1997. “I’ve always worked very hard in training trying to learn different things. I’ve always been very dedicated in the gym. Matthysse is a great fighter with a very respectful power punch. I’m going to fight a very intelligent fight. I’m going to follow my corner’s directions and go in there and outbox him and be the smarter fighter.”

A terrific counter-puncher with good overall skills and movement, the crowd-pleasing 5-foot-7 ½-inch Soto has fought excellent opposition throughout his career, including former World Champions David Diaz, Jesus Chavez, Joan Guzman, Jorge Solis and Kevin Kelley.

Soto captured the WBC super featherweight title in December 2008 and the WBC Lightweight World crown in March 2010. He made three successful defenses of the 130-pound belt and successfully retained the 135-pound crown on four occasions.

One of his most memorable title defenses came in a close, unanimous 12-round decision win over the brave and determined Urbano Antillon in a spectacular, fast-paced, give-and-take slugfest on Dec. 4, 2010 in Anaheim, Calif.

“I thought I won more clearly than the judges had it (115-112, 114-113 twice), but without a doubt it was the toughest fight of my career,” Soto said. “There were a lot of rough tactics from him (Antillon threw Soto to the canvas three times), but I expected that which is why I never became frustrated by it.”

Four of Soto’s defeats and both of his draws came during his first three years as a professional. Soto’s last loss came via a controversial fourth-round disqualification in June 2008. He is coming off of a unanimous 10-round decision over Claudinei Lacerda last April 7 in Cancun, Mexico.

Matthysse, a solid amateur before turning professional in June 2004, will look to turn what Soto hopes will be a boxing match into a brawl. The Argentine, who is well known for his thudding power, would be undefeated if only he’d received the benefit of the doubt in two very controversial and questionable points losses to Judah and Alexander (in which he knocked both of them down) in what amounted to home games for them.

The younger brother of retired former welterweight world title challenger Walter Matthysse, Lucas is comingoff of two knockout wins in his native Argentina. In his lone outing this year, he scored a dominant sixth-round technical knockout win over Angel Martinez on Feb. 10. Prior to that, on Dec. 9 the 5-foot-9, 29-year-old knocked out Sergio Priotti in the fourth round.

Before that, Matthysse fought three left-handed former world champions in a row – Judah on Nov. 6, 2010, Corley on Jan. 21, 2011 and Alexander on June 25, 2011.

A two-fisted slugger who tends to start slowly, Matthysse spotted Alexander an early lead but rallied to drop him with a right hand in the fourth. He rocked Alexander in the seventh, eighth and tenth rounds, but it wasn’t enough as he lost by one point on one of the scorecards (95-94), by three on another (96-93) while winning by three (96-93) on the third card.

“I was robbed,” Matthysse said. “I gave it my all and it was a tough fight, but I thought I won. He’s lucky he won the fight.”

The aggressive-minded Matthysse obliterated Corley in a fight in Argentina, flooring him twice in the fifth round, once in the sixth, three times in the seventh and three times in the eighth. The referee finally halted the slaughter at 2:00 of the eighth.

Against Judah, Matthysse also overcame an early deficit before coming on strong in the late rounds, registering a knockdown in the tenth round and dominating the 11th and 12th stanzas. However, he came up on the wrong end of a split decision by the scores of 114-113 twice and 113-114.

“In Argentina, I win this fight,” Matthysse said. “Around the world, I win this fight, but he got the home decision. Zab never hurt me. I fought my fight and pressured him the whole time and I closed the championship rounds. I clearly won.”

Regarding his upcoming assignment against Soto, Matthysse, a tattoo artist in his spare time outside the ring, said, “It’s very simple, I need to go to war. I need to put a lot of pressure on him and I need to work hard and win every round. That’s the gameplan – go to war. I’m going to leave it all in the ring.”

“Ortiz vs. Lopez,” a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship taking place Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The co-feature will see former Three-Division World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto battle Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title which is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights airing on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

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SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO AIR JOHNNY TAPIA TRIBUTE AT THE TOP OF THE SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING TELECAST ON JUNE 23

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Live on Saturday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast)

NEW YORK (June 19, 2012) – Before this Saturday’s welterweight clash featuring Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez, SHOWTIME Sports® will pay tribute to Johnny Tapia with a short-form piece airing on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Following Tapia’s nine appearances on SHOWTIME, the premium network’s archives contained multiple hours of intimate footage featuring New Mexico’s favorite fighter, some of which never before seen. In memory of the three-division champion’s captivating life journey, the tribute will chronicle Tapia’s exhilarating – as well as heartbreaking – underdog tale that endeared him to boxing fans worldwide.

For information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, visit the website at http://sports.SHO.com.

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