By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Not only did a warm Tuesday afternoon greet super welterweight world title holder Saul Alvarez at the outdoor plaza of the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, but an impromptu rap performance by Alfonso Gomez, whom he will face on September 17th. Both men will duke it out in Los Angeles on the same evening as the welterweight clash between world title holder Victor Ortiz and unbeaten challenger Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Both fights will co-headline the “Star Power” card that will be televised on HBO Pay Per View. Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) performed an English-Spanish rap performance at the press conference that drew mixed reactions from the media and fans in attendance, mainly because the fighter who resides in Buena Park, CA is usually soft-spoken. Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) was not visibly happy during the performance as Gomez rapped about taking Alvarez’s title, his unique red hair, and not having faced the caliber of fighter that Gomez has during his career.
Saul Alvarez (after Gomez’s rap performance): “I will do my talking in the ring. I am a boxer, not a clown. I will be prepared to fight on this card.”
Alfonso Gomez (before rapping): “My plan is to die in the ring in order to win his title. I have to go in there and win the title by knockout. I’m planning on ruining their (Golden Boy Promotions) future plans for him. Other fighters deserve this title opportunity more than me, but I think they chose me because they think I impose the least threat of anybody. I have this obsession burning inside of me and I’m going to unleash my heart to win that title.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: “This is the biggest pay per view that we have put together at Golden Boy. This is a first for HBO for putting together a pay per view as a split site. Whether you are in Los Angeles or Las Vegas, the fans will enjoy a great night of boxing.”
Schaefer also announced that the pay per view card will begin at 9PM ET/6PM PT with unbeaten Jesse Vargas in the first bout in Las Vegas. The second bout on the telecast, and also from Las Vegas, will be Erik Morales taking on Anthony Crolla. The third bout on the card will be the Alvarez-Gomez bout followed by the Ortiz-Mayweather main event bout. Schaefer also announced that fight fans in attendance at STAPLES Center will be able to watch the telecast from Las Vegas and fight fans from sin city can watch the Alvarez-Gomez bout from their seats at the MGM Grand. Tickets are already on sale for both fight cards in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a full report on Wednesday.