LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Josesito Lopez looks at Victor Ortiz after the ninth round during their WBC Silver Welterweight Championship bout at Staples Center on June 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Lopez won by TKO after breaking Ortiz's jaw. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
One of two big boxing matches this weekend includes one of the most exciting young champions in the sport, and one of the great underdog stories of 2012. Reigning WBC light middleweight (154 lbs) champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is just 22-years-old and he's one of the best fighters in the world. He's collected a 40-0-1 record with 29 knockouts, including dominating wins over Carlos Baldomir, Alfonso Gomez, and Kermit Cintron. His last win was over a clearly past-his-prime Shane Mosley, but is still his highest profile win nonetheless.
Canelo's opponent is Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KO), who before this year was scarcely known in the boxing world. His only quality win was a KO of Mike Dallas Jr. for the NABF welterweight title, but when he faced Victor Ortiz this past June he was rightly considered a massive underdog. In fact, this fight was regarded as a stepping stone for a superfight between Ortiz and Canelo. Instead, Ortiz and Lopez engaged in an epic, back-and-forth war that saw Lopez the stunning victor after Ortiz suffered a broken jaw. At the time the fight was stopped in round 9, Lopez was behind on all of the judges' scorecards.
This is not only a big fight for the men in the ring, it's big for Canelo's new home of Showtime. The long time HBO fighter has jumped to their rival network and will go up against the PPV broadcast of Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To build the fight up, Showtime All-Access provides a look at both Alvarez and Lopez in preparation of this highly anticipated clash, and you can see the full first episode after the jump.