SAN DIEGO, June 8, 2013 – If there was any doubt that the Home Depot Center in Carson, California has become the venue of boxing’s most exciting bouts today, Saturday’s thrillng main event and action packed undercard proved it to the few doubters left.
Marcos Maidana of Argentina (34-3, 31 KOs) got a sixth round stoppage against a determined Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) in a fight that now puts him among the top contenders in the competitive 147-pound weight class.
Maidana, 29, likes to hit and he can take a serious punch, which generally makes for an entertaining show for the fans. His strategy was to force Lopez to fight instead of box. It didn’t take much, and Lopez was narrowly winning on two out of three scorecards when Maidana staggered Lopez with a wicked shot. Lopez took a knee, but got up within the count by referee Dr. Lou Moret. Lopez continued, but Moret quickly stopped the bout at 1:18 of the round when Lopez appeared unable to defend himself against Maidana.
Fans are now drooling at the potential prospects for hard-hitting Maidana. How about his countryman Lucas Matthysse? Yes please! Maidana says he’s willing if promoter Al Haymon puts it together. Other possible opponets: Robert Guerrero and Mike Alvarado, or perhaps the winner of the Malignaggi vs. Broner fight. Maidana has probably outgrown the Home Depot Center, which hosted a record setting audience of 8.926.
Mexican native Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) of Los Angeles started a little slow, seeming off balance and clumsy. But he put Cuban Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 11 KOs) on the canvas in the third round and was coming on strong. In the 11th round, the fighters were still going toe to toe when Lara landed some decent, not spectacular punches. Angulo turned away in pain, and referee Raul Caiz Sr. immediately stopped the fight. Caiz later said it appeared to him that Angulo’s orbital bone around the left eye might have been broken. It was grostesquely swollen. Angulo was examined and immediately sent to a local hospital. Lara picks up the vacant WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Championship. He said he’d give Angulo a rematch; the fans would welcome it.
Meanwhile, if you didn’t have picture in picture and weren’t keeping a close eye on the start of the main event at the Bell Centre in Montreal between “Bad” Chad Dawson and Montreal’s hometown fighter Adonis Stevenson… in the time it took you to read this sentence, the fight was over.
That’s a little exaggerated but not much. Stevenson came out aggressively and connected with a huge left to Dawson’s head at one minute and 16 seconds of the first round. Dawson fell straight back. He made it to his feet, but that was it. Stevenson was elated, as was his entire team and the delighted fans in Montreal. After the initial celebration, the Haitian-born Stevenson, 35, dropped to his knees in tears of joy.
Stevenson’s possibilities now seem endless. He’s a legitimate contender in two weight classes with outstanding oppoents in both. Stevenson said he’d like to unify the title and fight Bernard Hopkins, then Andre Ward. He’s ambitious, and why not? He was asked whether he’d fight countrymen Lucien Bute or Jean Pascal, but he avoided the question.
The opening bouts on both HBO and Showtime were snoozefests in comparison.
When will Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) reach the potential everyone keeps predicting for him? Sure, he won a unanimous decision over Darleys Perez of Colombia (28-1, 19 KOs) and remains undefeated. He’s not purely a tactician. He’s not a puncher. He looks like he’s in great condition. He wins. But it’s a bore. Fans would snap up tickets to see Maidana and Lopez again. They’d pass on Gamboa and just about anyone. Boxers are athletes, but they are also entertainers. Gamboa’s manager Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson knows a little something about entertainment and he better teach his fighter, fast.
Jermell Charlo (21-0, 10 KOs) of Houston remains undefeated, getting a unanimous decision over Demetrius Hopkins (33-3-1, 13 KOs), taking his USBA Junior Middleweight Championship and Charlo’s WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Championship. Charlo, 23, has much to learn; Hopkins looked slow and not too motivated in the loss.
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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