By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Argentinian slugger Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (33-3, 30 KOs) and Riverside’s Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) are ready for their welterweight showdown on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The bout headlines a Showtime tripleheader.
Both worked out separately Tuesday afternoon for media at the Fabela Chavez Boxing Center in Carson.
Maidana has polished up his style under trainer Robert Garcia and is coming from a solid camp in Oxnard, California. “I have trained very well and prepared myself great, done everything possible in the gym,” Maidana told Fightnews.com “You will see a great fight from me, like I said, I come well prepared for this fight. With Robert and my team we are all good. It has been a tough preparation. I expect Lopez to be ready. I know I am and now I want to give the fans an explosive fight.”
The “Riverside Rocky” Josesito Lopez was greeted by fans and media alongside with trainer Henry Ramirez when Fightnews.com caught up with him. “This has been one of the best training camps I have had lately we had good tough sparring. I am prepared,” Lopez said. “My last three fights have been in three different weight divisions but I am ready and set. I have molded in to 147.
“Expect an exciting fight, that’s for sure. A fight I will have to dig deep to show what I am about. Skill wise we prepared very well with a game plan and I am ready to execute.”
Also working out Tuesday were Mexican brawler Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11KOs) of Cuba. The two are set to square off on the Maidana-Lopez undercard in a scheduled twelve round junior middleweight bout.
Fightnews.com spoke to both fighters.
“It has been one of the best camps I have had in my career this is the third camp with Virgil and he has done a great job with me everything is one hundred percent complete,” Alfredo Angulo told Fightnews.com. In preparation for Erislandy Lara, Angulo has been sparring with undefeated 2008 U.S Olympian Demetrius Andrade. “He is a good, good sparring partner, a southpaw. I think he has a better style than Lara and aside from that, he is stronger than Lara. I think Lara will be running and El Perro will be hounding him,” Angulo concluded.
Lara told Fightnews.com, “I feel super in good condition and ready for the fight. Angulo’s style everyone knows what he’s like. I’m focused on him. We will give a great fight. Erislandy Lara will do what he always does come out winning and winning. I am ready. No more talk. This is it!”
Houston’s Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs) and Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia were also on hand working out for media. Charlo vs. Hopkins will be a super welterweight bout scheduled for twelve rounds, opening up the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader from the Home Depot Center.
“Training camp was good for eight weeks I am ready to roll,” Hopkins told Fightnews.com “I feel good. It will be fun. I’m ready to give Charlo his first loss. He really hasn’t fought anybody. This is his biggest fight here. You will see the best Demetrius Hopkins.”
The undefeated Charlo knows he has a challenge in Hopkins. “Preparation was great. Got to spar with my twin brother. It was great just the whole camp. It’s a possibility that Demetrius is my biggest test. We don’t necessarily know what he brings, but it’s that time for me now,” Charlo stated.
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