Former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz has a June 23 main event at Staples Center scheduled against Riverside's scrappy Josesito Lopez, but should Ortiz win as expected he has landed a Sept. 15 pay-per-view date against Mexico's star fighter Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoyaannounced Alvarez-Ortiz on Tuesday, titling the third version of the event as "Knockout Kings," and with a nod to Saturday's disputed Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, Schaefer said, "Judges, leave your scorecards at home."
Alvarez, 21, has 29 knockouts in 41 professional fights, and Ortiz (29-3-2) has 22 KOs.
The 154-pound World Boxing Council title bout, to be televised by Showtime pay-per-view on Mexican Independence Day, was made after original Alvarez opponent Paul Williams was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, and after replacement foe James Kirkland balked at the money he'd earn as he recovers from a right shoulder injury.
There's peril for Ortiz keeping the date, too, beginning with his yet-to-be-won bout against Lopez (29-4) at Staples Center.
"Josesito Lopez is coming to fight, and this adds more pressure to Victor Ortiz, to prove he belongs in the ring with Canelo," De La Hoya said.