By Miguel Maravilla
After what was another action packed fight from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (33-3, 30 KOs) and Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) spoke to the media after their six round welterweight showdown Saturday night.
Josesito Lopez: “We were expecting a tough fight. It didn’t go too well for me. It was an early stoppage. We are warriors. I’m not happy with the stoppage. I wish the referee would have let me fight my way through…he caught me with a good punch, nothing to deny. I am not happy with the result.”
Marcos Maidana: “Good evening I want to thank everyone for being here. I am happy to have won such a tough fight. We had a difficult training camp and I want to thank my sparring partner Brandon Rios for helping me prepare for this fight.
“He hit me in my leg that got me numb and he landed a couple of good body shots. I told Robert (Garcia) when I went back to the corner that I was numb and he told me you’re here to go to war.”
Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) also spoke about his future plans. “I am ready to fight the best, to fight for a world title even if I have to move down to 140 if there is a good fight,” Maidana told Fightnews.com. An attractive all-Argentinian showdown between Maidana and Lucas Matthysse was brought up by a member of the media. “What about Matthysse?” Maidana replied.
Lopez’ briefly outlined his plans, as well. “I am taking two weeks off then I will be back in the gym. I am a fighter and I’ll keep fighting my way.”
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Jr middleweight contender Alfred Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) wasn’t present at the post-fight press conference as he was advised to go to the hospital.
However Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) was on hand to speak about his tenth round stoppage win to claim the vacant WBA interim super welterweight title. “Angulo was a tough, strong, fighter. I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I saw the openings and landed the straight left most of the fight.” Lara had to come off the canvas twice to win. “It was my first time I was dropped both as a professional and amateur. I am glad this happened to me it is a learning experience,” Lara said.
Angulo’s trainer Virgil Hunter stated, “I tip my hat off to Lara. It was a tough night for us. What we trained for we implemented but it’s unfortunate. I congratulate Lara. I expect him to take it to another level. I am really proud of Angulo, but at same time I tip my hat off to Team Lara.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated, “What we are going to do, because I know Alfredo mentioned he got thumbed two times, we don’t want to take anything from Lara, but we will look at the replays and based on that we’ll see what we have to do.”
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Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs), who scored a unanimous decision over Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs), also got some mic time. “I want to thank everyone for being here and my team on my preparation. I knew we had a tough fight against Hopkins. He did catch me with some rights but Ronnie (Shields) and I stuck to our plan and executed.”
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