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Can Victor Ortiz Bounce Back After this Latest Loss?

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Victor Ortiz endured a second successive defeat as Josesito Lopez secured the WBC silver welterweight title and shattered the American’s hopes of a money-spinning fight with Saul Alvarez in the process.

Ortiz called an end to the fight before the start of the tenth round, citing a broken jaw suffered during the fifth session of the night, and despite receiving encouragement from his corner to continue.

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At the time of the stoppage Ortiz was narrowly ahead on all three scorecards, however he had been badly shaken up by Lopez, a man not expected to pose many problems after coming in as a late replacement for Andre Berto.

Ortiz (29-4-2) shot to mainstream attention during his controversial defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr last September however the 25-year-old yet again failed to cover himself in glory as he was afforded a chance to establish himself as an elite level welterweight.

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For Lopez (30-4) the victory could be a springboard to marquee fights in the future with a September date with unbeaten Alvarez a possibility:

“I’m a man and I’m not intimidated by anything. Victor tried to intimidate me but it didn’t work. Victor has no heart. … I knew the longer the fight went, the better chance I had. I chopped him down. I told you that I would shock the world.”

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