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Maidana-Lopez: A Fight Fan’s Fight

Photos: Ray Flores

Photos: Ray Flores

The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, home to Paul Williams vs. Antonio Margarito, the Marquez-Vasquez trilogies and most recently the first installment of Brandon Rios vs. Mike Avlarado, gears up to host another fight that is expected to be a barn-burner in an intriguing 147 pound match up on June 8 pitting Riverside, Californian Josesito Lopez against Marcos Maidana.

A press conference was held earlier this week with both the main and co-main events fighters in attendance.

“June 8 will be a great boxing event,” said Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar de la Hoya, who is promoting the open-air tennis court setting fight.

Maidana_LA“Both fights will position themselves for a world title as you know there are big names in those weight divisions. We should have called this card ‘high stakes’ because the winners will possibly be in line for a world title.”

Throwing out any ‘title talk’, 3MR sees this as just a pure match up of two fighters who have thus far given us boxing fans plenty to be excited about and hopefully will continue that trend come June 8.

Lopez trainer Henry Ramirez got it right in his assessment of the match-up.

“This is a can’t miss fight. Josesito and Maidana is a fight of the year candidate. It’s a fight that the fans are truly going to enjoy. I know Robert is preparing Maidana just like I am preparing Josesito I am expecting victory and they are expecting victory.”

We last saw Lopez grind out a tough, multiple knockdown loss to Saul ‘Kid Cinnamon’ Alvarez, but in the fight just prior, Lopez rocked and stopped Canelo-opponent-to-be Victor Ortiz in a jaw-breaking upset victory from the Staples Center in June 2012 that garnered Lopez the nickname of the ‘Riverside Rocky’ and the shot at Alvarez in September 2012.

Josesito_Lopez_LA“I am excited and happy for June 8 for being in this position again,” said Lopez.

“This is my dream. I have worked my ass off for several years to be in this position to fight against the best. I am very appreciative to be in this position. We are training really hard for June 8 and plan on coming out with a victory.”

Maidana, (33-3, 30KO) is four fights deep in the welterweight portion of his career and is two fights removed from his bout on the same card as Lopez/Canelo where he engaged in an entertaining if not somewhat foul-filled action bout against tough out Jesus Soto Karass in which Maidana earned the TKO stoppage in eight rounds.

Maidana is not looking too much into Lopez’ loss to Alvarez and made note of Lopez’ upset victory last year in what was the Californian’s first venture into the welterweight division.

“He is a tough hard opponent. He beat Victor Ortiz so I am preparing myself well in training camp here in Oxnard with Robert (Garcia, 2012 Trainer of the Year),”

“I have to win this fight to stay in the hunt for a world title shot.”

Both fighters are hoping that the magic that seems to happen in the Carson tennis court continues.

“June 8 I will fight every time I enter the ring. I go in to give it all and to win so does Josesito. I think he will fight, not box and it will be a great fight,” said Maidana.

“Come June 8 I am coming with everything. This is a great matchup so I am excited for myself and have prepared well. I will come out with the victory,” said Lopez.

Angulo-LaraOn the undercard is a similarly interesting match up between Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara in a middleweight attraction.

“It will be an improtant fight June 8. We are working one hundred percent to come out with a victory,” said Erislandy Lara, who is coming off a dissapointing outing against Vanes Martirosyan.

“I want to thank Angulo and his team for taking this opportunity and risk June 8 I will show who the best 154 pounder is.”

Angulo has been a crowd pleaser since very early in his career and is still looking to bring some closure/distance/momentum away from his stoppage loss to James Kirkland in what was one of the better fights of 2011.

“June 8 I have a big fight with Erislandy Lara. He is a good fighter that I respect,”

“We will give a great fight. The fight will be good for the fans.”

Billed as a tripleheader, Jermell Charlo will open up the televised bouts against Demetrius Hopkins in a junior middleweight contest.

Showtime is set to televise.

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