By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (33-3, 30 KOs) of Argentina and Riverside’s Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) are days away from their welterweight showdown. The two met with the media Thursday afternoon at the American Express Stadium Club in the Home Depot Center for the final press conference. Maidana vs. Lopez takes place this Saturday at the Home Depot Center live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
“This is a big fight, a tough fight I am fighting one of the most dangerous fighters in the welterweight division. I have prepared well knowing that I will fight a dangerous fighter and prepared for a victory,” Lopez said. “I am excited we will definitely light up the city and the boxing world.”
Marcos Maidana told media “I prepared myself for three months come Saturday night we will work on what we have been preparing for in camp.” Shortly after Maidana had a few words to say to Josesito Lopez’s promoter Ken Thompson. “This gentleman says that I will be out flat, knockout and that Josesito will have his arm raised. Easier said than done. It’s easy as a spectator but how come he don’t get in there? Thank you all.”
Angulo-Lara, Charlo-Hopkins Quotes
Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11KOs) also spoke about their showdown at Thursday’s final press conference. Angulo vs. Lara will be for the vacant WBA super welterweight title.
“My team and I we have done tremendous work. The conditioning is there. We are ready. There is no more words to say. We are ready to fight and ready for Saturday,” Lara said.
Alfredo Angulo followed also had few words to say speaking in English as he is definitely improving in his second language. “We are ready for this fight. I have not had a training camp like this. Lara is a good fighter, he has a great Cuban style. Well he said he will come and fight but let’s see if he fights or comes to run.”
Opening up the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader in a super welterweight bout, Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs) will risk his unbeaten record as he takes on Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia.
“What’s up LA, California? I will come in on Saturday and do what I do. Put it on the line, aggression or box. I am coming for a knockout or we coming to do twelve rounds. We are ready. Be on the lookout for me,” Jermell Charlos said at the press conference.
Demetrius Hopkins followed, “I feel good at this moment of my career. It’s a do or die situation and come Saturday I am willing to die for my spot. I am pretty much ready, you will see the best Demetrius Hopkins.”
Showtime Extreme Card
Unbeaten Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-0-1, 19KOs) and Johan Perez (16-1-1, 12KOs) of Venezuela were also on hand at Thursday’s press conference and will square off in the Showtime Extreme main event from the Home Depot Center for the vacant WBA International welterweight title.
“I am well prepared and we are coming to get the victory. I don’t know anything about my rival but he better come prepared to give the fans a spectacular fight that’s what it’s all about. I am very short on words. I will take the victory see you all Saturday,” Johan Perez said.
“It has been good the last five weeks and I have had a great camp making my final adjustments and looking forward to my best performance that I can,” Kamegai said. “Thank you, Gracias,” The Japanese Kamegai concluded both in English and Spanish.
Former USC football player Gerald Washington (7-0, 5KOs) will take on the seasoned Sherman Williams (35-12-2, 19KOs) co headlining the Showtime Extreme card in a scheduled eight round heavyweight bout.
“I am really exciting for fighting and debuting in my first television bout I am looking forward to the future and climbing to the top,” Gerald Washington told media.
Williams concluded speaking perfect Spanish and had this to say to the media, “I also want to say something in Spanish. This Saturday I expect to see all my Mexican fans to supporting me in my heavyweight bout. I think it will be an easy fight for me this will be my night.”
2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. (4-0, 2KOs) of South El Monte, California will also see action as he is coming along well in his young career. Diaz will take on Roberto Casillas, a veteran of nineteen fights and will be the swing bout on the Showtime Extreme card.
“We scouted the 2012 Olympic class we feel that we signed the best fighter of the 2012 Olympics,” promoter Richard Schaefer said at the press conference while introducing Joseph Diaz Jr.
“We are ready and prepared for this fight we know Rigoberto Casillas has a lot of experience in the ring he will come ready and prepared. I will outbox him and do what I do best, that is win and be victorious,” Joseph Diaz Jr. said.
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