Josesito Lopez celebrates with Riverside Mayor following upset win over Ortiz

Credit: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing
Credit: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing

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.

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