Ortiz: Lopez Is A Dangerous Fighter




NEW YORK (June 13, 2012) — Former World Champion “Vicious”
Victor Ortiz, former NABF Super Lightweight Champion Josesito
, former Three-Division World Champion Humberto Soto and
top-rated super lightweight contender Lucas Matthysse participated in an
international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their participation
in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event on Saturday, June
, to be broadcast live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the
West Coast) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

“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
in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and
Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt
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. Opening the SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast)
will be top rated heavyweight contender Chris Arreola facing Mike
in a 10-round fight.

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


The first installment of ALL ACCESS: Victor Ortiz, will premiere tonight at
10 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME in place of the previously announced FIGHT CAMP
series on the event. Following the premiere, ALL ACCESS: Victor
will re-air multiple times on CBS Sports Network, SHOWTIME and
SHOWTIME EXTREME®, and will be available anytime on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®.


Here is what the fighters had to say on Wednesday:



“I just want to say that I don’t disrespect anyone. I’m fighting Josesito Lopez on June 23, who I’ve
been training for and ignoring everyone else possible. There’s a dangerous
fighter in front of me who is on the same path as I was a year ago before I
fought (Andre) Berto, but the difference here is I’m too hungry to
let my chance go. As far as I’m concerned I’m ready for June 23. If he wants to
go to war, we’ll go to war. If he wants to box, then we’ll box. It doesn’t
really matter. I’m there to take what is rightfully mine. At the end of the day,
I know Josesito is ready to go and so am I, so that makes two of us.”


Did you have to adjust much in your training when it was announced you would be fighting Lopez
and not Berto?

“Lopez is a good fighter. He and Berto go hand-in-hand. They’re both great fighters. I can’t
think lightly of either of them.”


Is there any pressure on you going back to STAPLES Center, the site of your loss to Marcos

“No, not at all. Right now the main focus is on Josesito Lopez because he’s no walk in the park.
As far as Maidana goes, he owes me a thank you or a rematch because I gave him
his name.”



“I’m really excited about this fight. I’ve been training really hard.”


Did you think you won your last fight against Jessie Vargas?

“I do think I won that fight and nine out of 10 people who saw it thought I won. Unfortunately,
the judges didn’t’ see it that way, but hey, that’s the way it goes. Our job as
fighters is just to bring everything we can and hope for the best and hope that
they see it the correct way.


“My only motivation right now is just June 23 and Victor Ortiz. I don’t even think one hour past
June 23. That’s the only thing that drives me right now. I don’t care about any
other dates or times right now. There’s nothing else that matters to



“There is no doubt Lucas is a strong opponent and a strong fighter. He comes forward and always
looks for a fight. The difference in this fight is the experience. I have a lot
of experience, and that’s what’s going to lead me to victory.


“Matthysse is a good fighter. He’s going to stay in there and he’s a smart fighter. We’re going
to go toe-to-toe.”



“We are here in Argentina finishing preparations and putting the final touches on. We are just
very excited, happy and ready to go.”


Do you think Soto will stand and fight in front of you instead of backing up as you perceived
was the case in your only losses to southpaws Zab Judah and Devon


“Yes, those were both very difficult fights to have to adjust to them and change the way I fight.
I know I won both those fights. Deep in my heart, I know it. It did hurt me, but
we’ve got to come back stronger and I know we are ready for bigger and better
things. With Humberto, we all know he’s going to come to fight. He wants to come
to battle and that makes me very happy because we are ready to give him a