Marcos Maidana defeats Josesito Lopez by KO round 6 1:18
In the lead up to Marcos Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez I said it had the potential to be the Fight of the Year and even drew comparisons to Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado. There's always a danger in building expectations so high - what if they turn in simply an OK fight? Will that be a let down after setting such a high bar? As it turns out, the bar wasn't too high at all.
Over the course of six scintillating rounds, Maidana and Lopez slugged their way through one of the best fights of 2013. And when you consider what an incredible year 2013 has been for boxing, that's saying something indeed. The tide of the fight turned on multiple occasions, with moments have control for Maidana, moments of control for Lopez. As the fight progressed, it was Lopez who seemed to be taking control of the fight. Yet despite taking punishment, Maidana was seemingly unphased. He came back blasting in the sixth round and was able to put Lopez away.
Watch Maidana vs. Lopez fight video highlights right here, courtesy of ESPN.
Post-fight, Lopez said he felt the stoppage was premature. I understand him feeling that way - Lopez is the kind of warrior who wants to fight until he simply can't fight anymore - but it was indeed a good stoppage.
Tremendous fight here that the highlights don't do justice. Track down the full fight and see for yourself.