Josesito Lopez of Riverside will be back in the ring for the first time in six months when he takes on Mike Arnaoutis in the welterweight main event Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1).
“It’s great to be back in the ring, especially in front of my Southern California fans,” said Lopez, 29. “Arnaoutis is a tough guy and I know he’s going to give me a fight, but that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Lopez last fought June 8 and was stopped in the sixth round by hard-hitting Marcos Maidana at Home Depot Center. Prior to that, Lopez challenged super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his title and was stopped in the fifth round on Sept. 15, 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Lopez earned the fight with Alvarez after the biggest victory of his career, a ninth-round TKO of former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on June 23, 2012 at Staples Center. Lopez broke Ortiz’s jaw.
Lopez is 30-6 with 18 knockouts. Arnaoutis, of Queens, N.Y., is 34. He is 24-9-2 with 11 knockouts. A former contender, he has lost six of his past eight fights. But he’s talking big.
“Josesito Lopez is a true warrior and with our styles, this is going to be a fight no one will forget,” he said. “I can’t wait for the first bell to ring and I’m not going to stop swinging until my hand is raised.”
Former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz will return to the ring Jan. 30 against former champion Luis Collazo at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Fox Sports 1), according to a report on BoxingScene.com
Ortiz has not fought since having his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez in a ninth-round TKO loss in June 2012 at Staples Center.
Ortiz, of Oxnard, was supposed to come back Dec. 14 against Alfonso Gomez, but Gomez pulled out with an injury.
Ortiz, 26, is 29-4-2 with 22 knockouts. Collazo, of Queens, N.Y., is 32. He has a record of 34-5 with 17 knockouts.
Manuel Avila of Fairfield puts his undefeated record on the line Monday night when he takes on Jose Angel Cota of Mexicali in the 10-round featherweight main event from Sports House in Redwood City (on Fox Sports 1).
Avila is 12-0 with four knockouts. Cota is 15-9-1 with 11 knockouts.
The semi-main event will feature Louis Rose (8-1, 2 KOs) of Claremont going against Paul Mendez (14-2-1, 6 KOs) of Salinas in an eight-round super middleweight bout. Rose is on a three-fight winning streak after suffering his only loss in December in Hollywood.
Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver last fought in June 2012, when he had a draw with Lateef Kayode in a cruiserweight fight at Home Depot Center in Carson. But he tested positive for steroids afterward, and he was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission.
Tarver, who will be 45 on Nov. 21, will make a comeback as a heavyweight when he takes on Mike Sheppard in a 10-round fight Nov. 26 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. (on Fox Sports 1).
Tarver is anxious to get back in the saddle.
“I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring and showing the world that the ‘Magic Man’ is better than ever and ready for the big fights,” he said. “This is the perfect opportunity to make a statement at home and I can’t wait.”
Tarver, of Tampa, Fla., is 29-6 with 20 knockouts. Sheppard, 38, is from Palestine, West Virgina. He is 21-15-1 with nine knockouts.
Welterweight Sadam Ali of Brooklyn of Brooklyn will put his undefeated record on the line next Monday when he takes on Jay Krupp of Catskill, N.Y., in the main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Ali, 24, is 16-0 with 10 knockouts. He has stopped seven of his past nine opponents inside the distance. This will be the first bout under the Golden Boy banner for Ali, who has not fought in 11 months.
Krupp, 30, is 17-5 with eight knockouts.
Former welterweight champion Luis Collazo of Brooklyn on Monday night won a unanimous decision over prospect Alan Sanchez in the main event at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas.
The Golden Boy Promotions card was televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) won by scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 99-91.
Collazo, 32, held one of the four major belts in 2005, but lost it to Ricky Hatton in his second defense in May 2006.
Sanchez, 22, is from Fairfield, Calif. He was on a seven-fight winning streak. He is now 12-3-1.
Three-time U.S. Olympian Rau’shee Warren has been added to Monday night’s Golden Boy Promotions card in San Antonio that will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Warren (5-0, 3 KOs), of Cincinnati, will take on light-hitting Omar Gonzalez (6-8, 1 KO) of San Antonio in the bantamweight division.
Warren, 26, boxed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, losing in the first round all three times.
Former welterweight world champion Luis Collazo of Brooklyn will take on Alan Sanchez of Fairfield, Calif., in the main event Sept. 2 at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised on the new Fox Sports 1, which launches Aug. 17.
Collazo, 32, most recently fought April 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and stopped Miguel Callist in the fifth round.
Sanchez, just 22, is 12-2-1 with six knockouts and has won seven consecutive bouts after a draw with Luis Grajeda in September 2010.