Josesito ‘The Riverside Rocky’ Lopez returned to the ring last night with a unanimous decision win over Saul Corral at The Novo at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. Lopez and his new trainer, Robert Garcia, picked up where they left off in their last fight by showcasing the new fighting style implemented in the two training camps they’ve had together.
From the opening bell Saul Corral (23-9, 14KOs) struggled to get his offense going and when he did land clean, Lopez was unaffected. Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19KOs) dominated Corral by using his jab and following it up with big power shots that often sent Corral reeling. The old Lopez would get caught in exchanges and often times come out on the short end, but, with Robert Garcia in his corner, Lopez is using the jab more to set up power shots. More importantly, he’s using patience.
In round 2 he connected with a big left hook that stunned Corral. Instead of jumping on him and swinging wildly, he paced himself once he realized his opponent recovered quickly.
In round 10, he trapped Corral in the corner and unloaded with both hands, causing him to hit the canvas.
Although Lopez wasn’t able to get the stoppage, he looked impressive and on form, which should set him up for a date later this year against a big name opponent. The big name could be Danny Garcia, who is eyeing a rematch with Keith Thurman. However, if those plans don’t pan out, a Garcia-Lopez fight would be a crowd pleaser.