The last time we saw the “Riverside Rocky” he was up on two of three cards vs. Andre Berto in a PBC on Spike event in March, before he was caught, knocked down twice in the 6th, and ultimately stopped for a TKO loss.
While Berto went on to receive the biggest payday of his career vs Floyd Mayweather, Josesito Lopez has not had a fight since but has recently announced his intentions on returning.
In an interview with Fighthype.com, the former world title challenger said, “…the plan is to get in there the first part of the year, more than likely February will be my first fight.”
If this is true, that means Lopez will experience nearly an eleven-month layoff before his ring return.
Lopez was later asked how he felt about being in such a stacked 147lb division, especially on his side of the fence (Haymon.) Josesito admitted that the reality of being in a superb welterweight division with so many potential fights makes him pumped and he is willing to fight anyone.
Lopez did not mention any specific names, nor did he detail exactly whom he would want to step into the ring with, but he did say that he wanted to stay busy once he makes his return and possibly fight three or four times next year. The question is what direction will the 31-year-old take at this stage of his career.
He could opt for fights with the older veterans such as Devon Alexander, Robert Guerrero, or even an Andre Berto rematch. The other, maybe more difficult, route he could take would be to face some of the young guns PBC has to offer. Josesito would be a perfect opponent for an Errol Spence or Sammy Vasquez.
Lopez is a tough veteran who has been in the ring with the likes of Marcos Maidana, Saul Alvarez, and Victor Ortiz and can be taken seriously when he claims he will fight anyone because that is what he has done throughout his entire career.