PBC on FS1 – Lopez vs Corral: results and round by round coverage. Tonight at 9:30 pm ET on FS1, Premier Boxing Champions returns to the airwaves with Josesito Lopez in the main event, facing Saul Corral in a 10-round welterweight bout from Los Angeles.
Lopez (34-7, 19 KO) is looking to get himself back into the mix at 147 pounds, which is no easy task. The 32-year-old “Riverside Rocky” is long removed from his 2012 upset of Victor Ortiz at this point, going 4-3 since that night, but with the losses coming to Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana, and Andre Berto.
Corral (23-8, 14 KO) is the sort of opponent he’s been beating since then, a journeyman fighter from Mexico who fought five times in 2016, going 3-2 with wins over club fighters and losses to Mike Alvarado and Sadam Ali. The 30-year-old has really never beaten anyone of substance.
A potentially more interesting fight comes in the co-feature, where lightweight prospect Alejandro Luna (21-0, 15 KO) will face veteran Andrey Klimov (19-3, 9 KO). Klimov has lost two in a row, but still represents a next step for Luna, a 25-year-old who’s only gone a 10-round distance once, in his last outing against Naim Nelson.
That was the worst funk I’ve been in my entire life,” he said. “I had doctors saying I should consider retirement because of my hand. It was the saddest time.”
Lopez turned that sad time into the type of motivation that helped generate his “Riverside Rocky” nickname. The time off rekindled his inner fire.
“That time off rebuilt my faith and motivated me to work even harder,” Lopez said. “It made me realize that something you truly love can be gone at the blink of an eye. Retirement was never an option for me. It was like the doctors told me that I had only so much time to live. I’m a fighter, so I had to fight.”
Lopez has never been afraid of a challenge. Although he has competed as light as 130 pounds, he went up to 154 to challenge Canelo Alvarez for his world title in September 2012, when he was stopped in the fifth round.
While the 32-year-old Riverside, California, native also has losses against former champions such as Berto, Marcos Maidana and Jessie Vargas, he has big wins over Victor Ortiz and Mike Dallas in a pro career that began in February 2003.
“You can’t really gain experience without being in that level of competition,” Lopez said. “Looking at it now, I wasn’t ready or prepared as an elite boxer. I was one step short from being at their level.
“I’m in a different position in my life right now. I’m ready for the elite level. I know what it takes.”
A win could propel Lopez back into title contention, but first he must get past Corral, who has won 11 of his last 13 bouts. The Mexican’s only two losses in that time have come against once-beaten contender Sadam Ali in a 10-round unanimous decision last September and to former world champion Mike Alvarado, who gained a third-round TKO in March 2016.