Welterweight division rankings update after Ortiz-Lopez

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The biggest fight of the past weekend was Josesito Lopez’s surprising win against Victor Ortiz. For Josesito, the master upset specialist, the big win deserves a bump in his status as well, and as such, we’ve gone ahead and updated our welterweight division rankings to reflect the results there. In addition to Ortiz vs. Lopez, the co-feature between Lucas Matthysse and Humberto Soto has led to our updating of the top 10 in the junior welterweight division as well. Take a look at our updated boxing divisional rankings here.

—> Updated welterweight division rankings

—> Updated junior welterweight division rankings

Credit: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing

Josesito Lopez may go on and drop back down to junior welterweight, however, it’s just as likely that a big money opportunity presents himself at 147 lbs. Since that’s where he got his big win, that’s where he’ll be ranked.

Of course, there were a few other things to consider with our latest updates to the top 10 at 140 and 147 lbs. Chief amongst those are the controversial failed drug tests of a fighter in each weight class, Andre Berto and Lamont Peterson.

Certainly, there’s cause for some consideration and adjustment there, but I’m not of the opinion that they should be banished from the rankings entirely, or dropped all the way down to the bottom of their respective weight classes. The waters are murky for each man, but both have enough of a track record in the sport to warrant keeping them around for the time being.

Enjoy our updated junior welterweight and welterweight division rankings after Ortiz vs. Lopez, Matthysse vs. Soto, and the rest of the buzz in the boxing world around these two busy weight divisions.

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