SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2013 – Whatever is in the air or the water at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, it’s the boxing version of a magical Room of Requirement straight out of Harry Potter. Fighters who step into the ring at the Center in Carson recently have put on wildly entertaining fights for fans: both Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado bouts, Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov to name a few.
Showtime hopes the pugilistic pixie dust (sorry, indulge me) does its work again on Saturday night for its lineup including two good welterweight matchups with the potential to be great.
Marcos Maidana of Argentina (33-3, 30 KOs) proved he can win at welterweight last September on the Alvarez-Lopez undercard, a needed comeback after a loss to hard-hitting Devon Alexander at super welterweight. He faces Californian Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) in an important fight for both contenders.
Maidana, 29, comes into fights in excellent condition. He likes to hit and he can take a serious punch, which generally makes for an entertaining show for the fans. He has defeated several worthy opponents and lost a few close decisions. Maidana is more powerful than Lopez, but Lopez has plenty of gas in the tank. Ask Victor Ortiz, who thought Lopez would be a tuneup fight but ended up with a broken jaw. That victory won Lopez, 28, a matchup against Canelo Alvarez. It turned out to be a mismatch: Lopez took a drubbing, hitting the canvas three times before a fifth round stoppage. This is his first fight since that wipeout.
Maidana weighted in at the 147 pound limit; Lopez weighted in at 145 pounds even.
Maidana should have the edge on paper, but Lopez will be fighting in front of a hometown crowd at the Home Depot Center. Sometimes it helps; it certainly can’t hurt. Maidana and Lopez will give the crowd a great show whether it ends up coming to an end thanks to a single punch, or turns out to be a no-holds-barred brawl. Like most commentators, I like Maidana but I wouldn’t bet my own money on this one.
In a 12-round bout, Mexican native Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) of Los Angeles faces Cuban Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) of Houston for the vacant WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Championship. This fight is important to both boxers. The winner might get a chance to fight Alvarez in the future for the WBA title; the loser will have trouble making decent fights for real money.
Angulo is a fighter you can’t help rooting for: earnest, hard-working, humble. He spent months in a federal detention center in El Centro, California while his immigration status was worked out by federal officials; it’s unclear what issues were so serious he sat for months while his boxing career suffered.
Since being released, Angulo has won his last two fights. He’ll have more trouble with Lara, an agile southpaw boxer with speed. Angulo is a power puncher looking to land the big blows. He will try to goad Lara into a brawl. If he can do it anywhere, it’s at the Home Depot Center. But it’s doubtful. Unelss Angulo gets a bit lucky, Lara should be able to use his skills to get the decision over Angulo.
Angulo made weight at 153 pounds, Lara at 153.8 pounds.
In the third fight televised on Showtime, Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia fights undefeated Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs) of Houston, Texas for Hopkins’ USBA Junior Middleweight Championship and Charlo’s WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Championship.
Family ties here add some interest. The up and coming Charlo, 23, has an identical twin, Jermall (that’s right, Jermell and Jermall), also a professional boxer in the middleweight divison. The 32-year-old veteran Hopkins is the nephew of the ageless wonder, 48-year-old champion Bernard Hopkins. The younger Hopkins fights a lot like his uncle. Some say tricky, others say dirty. It’s important for Charlo to put on a good show and raise his visibility with boxing fans and with Showtime.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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