SAN DIEGO, June 8, 2013 – The final boxing blast for the summer is underway starting with two cards from two countries tonight.
In California, fighters who step into the ring at the Home Depot Center in Carson recently have put on wildly entertaining fights for fans.
Showtime hopes the Center works its magic for its lineup tonight including two good welterweight matchups with the potential to be great.
Marcos Maidana of Argentina (33-3, 30 KOs) Californian Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) in an important fight for both contenders. In another 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. T 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.
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.
Across the border and east to Montreal, Quebec, the Bell Centre plays host to a pair of televised bouts on HBO sure to provide fan pleasing action. “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) of Las Vegas (via Connecticut) meets Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KOs) on his home turf in Quebec for the WBC light heavyweight belt.
Stevenson is 35 years old. At that age, every fight becomes crucial because every loss has more impact. Dawson, age 30, knows what it’s like to fight in front of the other fighter’s home town crowd. He’s done it plenty; one of his only losses came in Montreal to Jean Pascal and he would love to avenge it tonight.
In the televised undercard, Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) from Miami via Cuba and Darleys Perez (28-0, 19 KOs) of Colombia fight at lightweight. Perez was on the 2008 Colombian Olympic boxing team; Gamboa is another in a long line of Cuban Olympic and amateur champions with a 2004 gold medal and four Cuban national titles.
Perez has been sparring with Cuban fighters to get a feel for Gamboa’s style. It’s a serious improvement in the quality of his opponent, and whether he can impose his will through his greater size and power on Gamboa will make for an intriguing fight. He has a chance against Gamboa, but it’s likely a slim one. Sometimes that’s all a motivated fighter needs.
We will follow all the action and invite you to join us on tonight’s Communities Champions Live Chat. Whether you are a complete boxing head or new to the Sweet Science, everyone is welcome to join in and spend an evening with friends.
“HBO World Championship Boxing” airs at 10 p.m ET on Saturday, June 8 on HBO, with airings on HBO Latino and replays throughout the weekend. “Showtime Boxing” also airs at 10 p.m. ET with repeat airings.
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