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Lopez stops Victor Ortiz in stunning upset

/ 12:08 PM June 24, 2012

Victor Ortiz (R) and Josesito Lopez trade punches punch during the 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship at Staples Center on June 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES – Unheralded Josesito Lopez stopped welterweight star Victor Ortiz on Saturday night, apparently breaking Ortiz’s jaw in the ninth round to earn a stunning upset victory.

Ortiz and his corner stopped the fight before the 10th-round bell when the injury left Ortiz unable to close his mouth.

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Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) leaped onto the ropes to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history. Lopez accepted the fight last month as a late replacement for Andre Berto, who failed a doping test that scuttled his rematch with Ortiz.

Ortiz (29-4-2) was narrowly leading on all three judges’ scorecards when he quit. Lopez had made the fight much closer than expected.

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Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse also stopped Mexico’s Humberto Soto after five rounds on the undercard at Staples Center.

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