By John Cannon
Mission native Guadalupe De Leon is looking to extend his current win streak to two. De Leon (8-9) ended a seven fight losing streak as he upset undefeated Golden Boy prospect Derrick Wilson (5-1) on December 2nd of 2009. Now De Leon will try to pull off another upset as he faces Los Angeles native Charles Huerta (12-1, 7 KO’) in an eight round co-main event of the Victor Ortiz and Hector Alatorre fight Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Fox Sports Net.
“Winning that fight against Wilson in December felt so awesome and I feel I have tons of momentum riding on my side coming into Thursday night,” said De Leon. “I have trained harder and am hungrier than ever. But I know this is going to be another tough fight for me because Huerta is a top prospect and a Golden Boy fighter. Also, I am a huge underdog coming in and in his hometown as well. So I am going to have to apply more pressure in this fight than any of the others and have to dominate the majority of the rounds, or get the knockout if I am going to win. If it gets down to a boxing match, I feel he could take it since all of the cards are in his favor.”
One advantage De Leon has besides ending his losing streak is the fact that Huerta suffered his only loss to Derrick Wilson back in July of 2009 via TKO in the first round. However, De Leon said that he is not going to overlook his opponent due to the fact he lost to Wilson.
“Wilson got Huerta with a good punch and beat him,” said De Leon. “And even though I beat Wilson by split decision, I cannot overlook Huerta. He is hungry and wants to avenge the loss and I want to continue my win streak. It should be a great fight.”
James Gogue, De Leon’s trainer, said that he feels Lupe is in great shape and is mentally and physically ready for this fight.
“I have to say that this has been Lupe’s best training camp since I have worked with him over the past year and a half,” said Gogue. “He is in the best shape ever and as a veteran, he knows what he has to do to prepare for the big fights like this. Lupe has faced some top prospects lately and has fared very well against them. In fact, I have to say that Lupe’s mental and physical toughness is second to none and ranks amongst the top three fighters I have worked with in my career.”