"The way I feel is boxing is just getting exciting. It's beautiful. There are a lot of matches to be made at 140 and 147 pounds and I'm willing to fight at either one of 'em. There are plenty of fights to be made and I want all of 'em, no matter what. We don't have an exact weight class yet, but we should be back in the ring around March or so, whether it's at 140 or 147, we are gonna put on some exciting fights...I should be back in the ring in March facing a good opponent and in an exciting fight. I plan on keeping myself busy and maybe fighting 3 times in 2013. Hopefully I come home with the world championship," stated welterweight contender Josesito Lopez, who talked about his return to the ring in March and much more. Check it out!
PC: How are you doing my man?
JL: Ah man, everything is good. Unfortunately taking a little break; just a little bit longer than what I wanted. I work real hard and I have been working non-stop, but unfortunately, they are forcing a break on me.
PC: You climbed up several weight classes to compete this year. Do you have any regrets or second thoughts looking back?
JL: Actually, I have no regrets. It was a big challenge and I'm up for big challenges. The same thing with Victor Ortiz, it was a big challenge, but if I would have never taken that risk, I wouldn't be in the position that I am in today. I was planning to do the same thing, but I came up a little short.
PC: Was there anything about Canelo that was shocking to you during the course of the fight, or did he fight as you expected him to?
JL: Not at all. The way I see it is he fought his best performance to date. I feel he was better than I have ever seen him. I watched plenty of his videos and I thought he was improved. He dropped that on Twitter. I think he is improved and a good fighter.
PC: The good news is that you don't have to stay at 154 pounds for some good challenges. With all of the moving and shaking that has taken place at 140 and 147, I'm sure you are looking to make big fights at those weight classes.
JL: The way I feel is boxing is just getting exciting. It's beautiful. There are a lot of matches to be made at 140 and 147 pounds and I'm willing to fight at either one of 'em. There are plenty of fights to be made and I want all of 'em, no matter what. We don't have an exact weight class yet, but we should be back in the ring around March or so, whether it's at 140 or 147, we are gonna put on some exciting fights.
PC: Victor Ortiz said some things about your win over him when he attended an event recently. It ruffled your trainer Henry Ramirez's feathers a little bit. Are you aware of what was said, and what are your thoughts on it?
JL: I didn't see it, but I heard about it. Victor Ortiz, he is stupid, bro. He is stupid. That's the way I see it. The hardest part about being a boxer is to take defeat, and if he can't just take a defeat, he's not gonna be a better fighter. And that's unfortunate for him. I don't care about Victor Ortiz. If we fight again, it's definitely gonna be exciting. The same thing is going to happen. The fight was close around the time of the stoppage and I'm the first to admit it. I'm my own worst critic. I speak the truth, whether it's for me or anybody. I just don't think he is taking defeat very good.
PC: You had a great 2012. How do you plan on topping it next year?
JL: I can work on things and things can get better for me in the defensive part of my game and part of my offense, but at the end of the day, I'm still the same fighter and you're going to see the same type of fighter out there; the one that leaves everything in the ring. So it's exciting no matter what fighter I face and I feel like I can give anybody a run for their money. no matter what weight division it is.
PC: When you moved up to 147 and then to 154 to face two very quality opponents. do you feel more guys will do this and this is what boxing needs. because that was some true throwback stuff right there?
JL: Yeah! You gotta take a risk out there, man. Everything's not gonna be handed to you, especially me and my career. Nothing was handed to me and I had to go through some tough situations. If you have to move up a weight division, you have to risk it. Like they say in gambling, scared money don't make money (laughing). You don't take a risk out there and you're not gonna see what you can really do.
PC: There's an interesting fight this weekend from two guys that sooner or later will be competing at 140 pounds. Who do you like in the DeMarco/Broner fight?
JL: That's a pretty good fight. I like DeMarco. He's a strong fighter. I think he will give Broner a little bit of problems. But I think Broner is moving up pretty fast and I think he is improving. He is a good, slick, and strong fighter, so I give the edge to Broner on this one.
PC: You have been in there with Canelo Alvarez. Do you think he is a problem for anyone at 154 pounds?
JL: I think his weight was a big factor in our fight. I'm a smaller fighter, but I think it will be different with a guy his own weight. But he is a really good fighter and he deserves to be champion in that division, and I think he has some really good fights in front of him.
PC: What can your fans expect from you in 2013?
JL: Man, if everything goes well, I should be back in the ring in March facing a good opponent and in an exciting fight. I plan on keeping myself busy and maybe fighting 3 times in 2013. Hopefully I come home with the world championship.
PC: I appreciate the time. I look forward to seeing you in there next year and best of luck. Is there anything else you want to say?
JL: Thanks for all of the love and support I have been getting around Southern California. They can follow me on Twitter @JosesitoLopez or on Facebook at Team Josesito Lopez. I appreciate all of the support and you know what we are going for...the championship!
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