Hero of the Week: Josesito Lopez
It's hard not to choose the 27-year-old from Riverside, Calif., as the Hero of the Week. Lopez is one of those blue-collar fighters who works his butt off, always puts in a quality effort, and never seems to get his just due when all the loot and accolades are being divvied up.
We all know that Lopez was brought in as cannon fodder for Victor Ortiz. He was signed as a replacement for Andre Berto in order to lose impressively. Then, Ortiz could take the highlights of a hard-fought victory with him to his Sept. 15 bout with Canelo Alvarez.
Lopez came in with a solid resume, but was significantly outgunned as a natural junior welterweight fighting an Ortiz who looked like a raging gorilla by fight night. But, just like many other blue-collar fighters who manage to become stars in the ring, Lopez kept pushing and pushing until his will eventually became the deciding factor in the fight.
At the end of the contest, Lopez overcame an Ortiz who fought h...