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A rocking Home Depot Center see’s Maidana, Lara, and Charlo emerge victorious

By Real Combat Media Correspondent, Nick Bellafatto- Ringside


Carson, CA (June 9th, 2013)– In the main event of the evening before a spirited sell out crowd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, hard hitting Argentinian welterweight Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) would do what he does best, hit hard. The victim, a game Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KO’s) of nearby Riverside whom he would stop with a flurry at 1:18 of the sixth round.


In the process “El Chino” picks up the WBA Intercontinental welterweight title to fight another day. “I was totally confident I could knock him out,” stated a jubilant Marcos Maidana. “He underestimated my power. He punched me in my hip in the second round and the pain lasted for two rounds. Josesito is a tough fighter, but he still has some things to learn. I want to fight the best at 140 or 147 pounds.”


Although it was clear Maidana’s blows would visibly shake Lopez anytime he landed flush, by no means was it a one sided affair. Josesito would have his share of moments as well, rallying in the latter half of the third frame with some flurries of his own to perhaps steal the round while at the same time driving the crowd into a frenzy.


Round 4 would see Lopez pick up where he left off, to even force the fearsome Argentine backwards in an unexpected turn of events. This perhaps due to Marcos being affected by the hip shot in question. But then things would once again turn Maidana’s way, as in the second half of round five he would begin to once more connect with authority.


Then came round six where “El Chino” would yet again land with an overhand right, a blow that had been effective in the early going, to this time drop Lopez to his knees. Smelling blood in the water, an aggressive Maidana would back Josesito into a corner to connect with several more thudding shots. This would prompt referee Lou Moret to at this juncture intervene and protect Lopez from further damage.


Stated Josesito, “I felt like the stoppage was premature. He hurt me a little but we’re professionals and we fight in situations like that. I got stunned but I was not down for the count. He landed good punches but it was definitely not enough to close the fight. I hope to fight at 147.”


Lara stops Angulo in the tenth due to a broken orbital


For the tough as nails Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) to turn his back the result of the same combo’s he’d been hit with by # 1 rated Cuban Erislandy Lara ((18-1-2, 12 KO’s) practically all night long, something out of the ordinary must have happened. And it did.


Angulo would suffer a broken orbital bone in the tenth round from a 1-2 combination delivered by Lara, causing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to all but call an immediate halt to the proceedings. The time, 1:50 of round ten in a scheduled twelve-rounder. And for his efforts, the highly skilled and much avoided Erislandy Lara would pick up the vacant WBA interim junior middleweight title.


And as to what would transpire during the bout where at one point the pro-Angulo crowd took to doing the wave, outside of “El Perro” dropping Erislandy in rounds four and nine with left hooks, the first knockdowns of the Cuban’s career, it was all Lara. Covering up when necessary, Erislandy would otherwise use the ring to pick his spots and run Angulo in to the visibly appealing blows that he had predicted he would land all along.


In essence, Lara overall looked like a master craftsmen in comparison to Angulo who rather resembled an apprentice. And although “El Perro” did some good body work here and there, he really needed to let his punches go in bunches anytime he got in range. This is something that the native of Mexicali, Mexico was inconsistent at doing, perhaps the combined result of a lack of hand speed, as well as an inability to effectively cutoff the ring. Of course Lara’s elusiveness didn’t help Angulo’s cause either.


All told, Erislandy Lara who perhaps should have already been given an opportunity to fight for a major title, is now in a position to face either unified junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, or even Floyd Mayweather Jr. should Floyd defeat “Canelo” in their September meeting. Former three-time world champion Miguel Cotto is also a distinct possibility for the Cuban, as Miguel has been mentioned with regularity as of late. Only time will tell.


Charlo registers UD over Hopkins


To open the televised portion of the tripleheader, undefeated WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight belt holder Jermell Charlo (21-0, 10 KO’s) of Houston, Texas would be awarded a unanimous decision verdict over Demetrius Hopkins (33-3-1, 13 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA. The final tallies after 12 rounds of boxing would read 115-113 all the way around.


In victory Charlo obtains Hopkins USBA title in what was for the most part an uneventful contest that drew mainly boo’s from those in attendance. This was no doubt due to the fact that both men had virtually appeared as mirror images of each other. That’s to say each combatant not only boxed from a distance, but they were both looking to land identical punches, while their defensive skills were quite comparable.


In essence neither man would gain much of an upper hand, nor did they seem to want to by pushing the envelope or taking any chances. But with Charlo perhaps being pushed along by those who matter, he would win out in a bout that could have easily been called a draw or otherwise.


In the undercard main attraction for the vacant WBA International welterweight title, Johan Perez (17-1-1, 12 KO’s) of Caracas, Venezuela after ten rounds of action would hand Japan’s formerly unbeaten Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-1-1, 19 KO’s) his first defeat by way of unanimous decision. The final scores all in favor of Perez would read 100-90, 98-92, and 97-93.


The game come forward Kamegai was able to handle that which was dealt by the Venezuelan, but mainly reluctant to work behind a jab, the Japanese fighter was totally ineffective to time and again run into scoring shots which would prove to be the difference.


To open the days action at the Home Depot center, two evenly matched scrappers from Los Angeles would go at it in a scheduled four-round bantamweight tilt. In the end it would be undefeated Edgar Valerio improving to 3-0 over David Reyes 2-4-1 via split decision. The final tallies would read 37-35 twice for Valerio, and 37-35 once for Reyes. Valerio would inflict a cut over the right eye of Reyes in round 1 who by fight’s end would look the worse for wear, something that had no doubt factored in to the judges decision.


Undefeated junior featherweight Manuel Avila (12-0, 4 KO’s) of Fairfield, California on paper figured to have an easy go of it in his eight round clash with Saint Louis, Missouri’s Jamal Parram (6-8-1, 4 KO’s). In fact the 80-72 verdict all the way around for Avila would indicate such, with the reality being quite different. That’s to say Parram landed his share of sneaky right hooks to inflict a cut over Avila’s left eye, while the Mid West fighter’s defense wasn’t all that bad either. In any case, the technically skilled Avila it could be argued did enough to deserve the decision, the scoring of which seemed to have no basis in fact.


Hollywood, California’s unbeaten junior welterweight Jamie Kavanagh (14-0-1, 5 KO’s) looked like a world beater over the course of three rounds, landing sharp precise combination punches to both the head and body of opponent Adolfo Landeros (21-32-2, 10 KO’s). Quite durable though, Landeros would hang in to land a few solid shots of his own. However, lacking in defense, the Landeros corner would call it quits at the end of the third to prevent a further accumulation of what looked to be endless punishment in this scheduled eight-round bout.


Undefeated junior lightweight Ronny Rios (21-0, 9 KO’s) of Santa Ana, California would early on be involved in a competitive two-way scrap with game Sonora, Mexico opponent Leonilo Miranda (32-6, 30 KO’s). But the heavier handed of the two, Rios would visibly begin separate himself in what was a scheduled ten-rounder, wearing southpaw Miranda down with good body work etc., so that Leonilo would become more vulnerable over time. This circumstance would prompt referee Pat Russell to intervene, finally calling a halt to the action at the 1:37 mark of round six.


The big boys were up next as an eight-round heavyweight attraction would see undefeated former USC football player Gerald Washington (8-0, 5 KO’s) stay that way, registering a unanimous decision over Bahamas native Sherman Williams (35-13-2, 19 KO’s) by scores of 79-72 all the way around. The game and more experienced Williams would taste the canvass in round 2 courtesy of a counter right uppercut, but Sherman would rise to his feet to press on. However, at a tremendous reach disadvantage as the much shorter opponent, Williams would find it difficult to land anything meaningful in what was an overall lackluster bout due to the less than impressive activity level of both participants.


Former Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. (6-1, 3 KO’s) of El Monte, California would return to action against opponent Rigoberto Casillas (8-11-1, 6 KO’s) of San Diego, California, and that action would be all one way. With no answer for Diaz’s short crisp left hand, the wide swinging and defensively challenged Casillas would be reduced to a punching bag as early as round two. With much of the same in the ensuing round, referee Lou Moret had seen enough to waive the bout off in between rounds 3 and 4.

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