Golden Boy has officially announced the April 26 tripleheader at StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the main event, Keith “One Time” Thurman defends his interim WBA welterweight belt against former lightweight titleholder Julio “The Kidd” Diaz. Also, Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse returns in a 10-round matchup against John Molina and Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC lightweight title against Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes.
Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale tomorrow/Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).
Keith Thurman: “To headline a show like this against a former world champion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and that day is here. I respect Julio Diaz and I will not underestimate him. He knows that this may be his last shot, and I expect the best from him, but I’ll be the one leaving with the victory.”
Julio Diaz: “This is a big opportunity for me to face a fighter that is feared by many, but not by me. I have been in the ring with far more dangerous and experienced fighters in the past, and everyone knows that I come to fight. My previous opponents Amir Khan and Shawn Porter will tell you that.”
Lucas Matthysse: “Molina is the kind of fighter I respect and always want to compete against. He shows up to fight and we’re going to give the fans the kind of show they want to see. I don’t think it will last long, but it will be something to see while it does.”
John Molina: “I’m excited to showcase myself against someone that I consider to be one of the best fighters in the world at 140 pounds. I am very well prepared to come in on fight night and do what I do best, and that is to be victorious.”
Omar Figueroa: “I am especially excited about this fight because I have wanted to get payback against Belmontes for longer than a decade. I fought him in the amateurs and he always beat me because I was always shorter than him. Now I am taller, stronger and bigger than him and I am looking to beat him the way he beat me in the amateurs.”
Jerry Belmontes: “I beat Omar 5 times in the amateurs but it was just that, the amateurs, we were young. We have taken different paths as professionals and finally they cross and we meet again… on April 26, he’ll be beaten… for the 6th time.”
A full undercard will be announced shortly.