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Josesito Lopez wants to jump on Mike Arnaoutis early

ORANGE, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2013) – Top welterweight contender Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) headlined a media workout Tuesday at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Lopez battles “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) in the latest installment of Golden Boy Live! on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

Lopez vs. Arnoutis, is a 10-round welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions and Star Boxing and is sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT and the first fight starts at 4:30 p.m. PT. The FOX Sports 1 and Fox Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.


Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

You’re coming off a rough patch in your career. Virtually every professional boxer goes through a tough cycle at some point. How did you handle it and what did you learn from the experience?

You have to take it as a learning experience and continue to work hard no matter what happened in the past. Staying motivated and keeping active in the gym worked really well for me. At the end of the day you have to put it behind you and move on. Every fight presents a new opportunity to improve and learn and that’s how I’m approaching this fight. As long as you prepare well and go in with a solid game plan, then you’ll be fine.

Do you feel as if you have something to prove?

There’s definitely added motivation to come out and look sharp. I know I have world champion talent, I just have to go out and show it. I’m anxious to go out and perform at a high level.

Until recently, you fought primarily at junior welterweight. Are you starting to find your comfort zone at 147?

I think I’m becoming a full welterweight now. Your body gets used to fighting at a certain weight and sometimes it takes more than a couple of fights to settle into a new weight class. As far as boxing, I’ve become accustomed to sparring with bigger guys and understanding their movements.

How was this training camp different from others?

Our preparation was top-notch. We didn’t take our foot off the gas when our original opponent fell through. We kept grinding and preparing. In fact, the change in opponents was kind of refreshing because I was able to see a lot of different styles during sparring sessions, which kept my mind real active. I put in all the hard work that is required to get a win. I had daily cardio sessions in the morning and I followed that up with 2 to 3 hours of gym work in the evening.

What are you expecting from your opponent Mike Arnouatis?

Mike is a tough fighter that has gone up against some world class boxers. He has plenty of experience so I’m expecting a good, tough fight. I’ll come out aggressive and see what happens from there.

SONNY TAKING POSITIVES OUT OF FIRST FIGHT SETBACK

SONNY UPTON is looking to the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manual Marquez and Henry Armstrong for inspiration ahead of his second paid fight.

Like the legendary world champions, Upton suffered a setback on his professional debut last month, but he hasn’t let it dent his confidence and is grateful for the experience.

The London-born Irishman lost a highly controversial six round decision to Spain’s unbeaten Nabil Krissi on November 16 and has been given a quick opportunity to get back out.

On Friday night he will travel to Pavia in Northern Italy and take on well-traveled Bulgaria Traian Dimitrov.

“I was a bit nervous on my debut and I burnt up a lot of energy. He was a tough opponent, but hopefully I’ll go to Italy and put the record straight against this opponent,” Sonny, 23, said.

“To me, I won the fight. I’ve watched it back and the more I’ve watched, the more convinced I’ve become, but I’m not going to dwell on it. It’s the past.

“I’m grateful for it really because I could have gone in there and put away a journeyman. I got the full six rounds against a tough opponent and learned a lot from it. He was tougher that I expected, but I’m actually happy with how it went.”

Given he didn’t get the result he expected on his debut, many would expect Upton to come out all guns blazing in this fight. Typically, boxers plan to make a statement following a defeat, but he says he doesn’t have anything to prove.

“It’s more about learning in these fights,” he explained. “I know what I can do and Ricky knows what I can do. I’ve got to get in there and adapt to the pro game now.

“The quality will come out the more fights I get. Some really top level boxers lost early in their career like, Marquez and Nonito Donaire, and it didn’t get them down. I not letting bother me either because I know how good I can be.”

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