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23 APRIL 2014

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Q And A With Marcos Maidana And Josesito Lopez


Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez took part in a conference call recently to promote this weekend’s WBA Intercontinental welterweight bout between bout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California this Saturday night.

 

Below is what Maidana and Lopez had to say ahead of their title fight this Saturday

 

Josesito Lopez

Yes. Thank you for having me. I’m excited about this fight. I’m ready to go at a weight where I feel the most comfortable at, and against one of the toughest fighters in my weight division. I’m definitely excited as a fighter and as a boxing fan for this next fight.

 

Q

Josesito, my question for you is since this is going to be your first fight since the fight you had with Alvarez where we all know that you had moved up a couple of weight classes and were not at your most comfortable weight in that fight; obviously it showed in the result. But I’m wondering from your point of view was the trip up to 154, was it worth it for you to take that shot because even though you lost I’m sure you made a good purse on that fight, your career best pay day, and now you have this opportunity. But how can you characterize what it was like to take that sort of opportunity as unlikely as many of us thought that you winning the fight would be? You got paid. You got a shot at one of the belts, and now you’re coming back in this fight. How is that for you?

 

Lopez

You know what I wouldn’t say the move to 154 was a great decision but I have no regrets on taking that fight. I fought one of the best fighters out there. I lost and I came, but helped me. I think that moving up from 154 has probably help me mold a little bit better to 147 so now I feel a little bit better and feel more comfortable at 147.

 

Q

Now after spending the five rounds, taking two in the fight with Canelo and taking the punches from a much bigger guy, do you feel like you’ll be able to take those shots from Maidana because he is regarded as one of the best punchers in this weight division? At 140 pounds when he fought down there as a pretty big puncher himself but I don’t know if that gives you confidence because you took a lot of those shots from Canelo and even though you got stopped you were still getting up. It wasn’t like he knocked you out cold or anything like that; your thoughts about the power that you’ve probably heard about or read about from Maidana Maidana.

 

Lopez

Yeah obviously he’s a proven strong puncher so you’ve always got to be aware of that, but it’s not just because I was able to withstand some of Canelo’s power I think I’m going to take Maidana. That has nothing to do with it. I think I have a pretty good chin, and you know what I can take as hard as I can give so it should be a ten.

 

Q

Marcos, do you have the one fight down in Argentina in December following the Soto Karass fight, and you’ve been a guy who have taken some of those fights in your home country, kind of smaller fights. Do you feel like taking some of those fights, and then coming back to America have been the recipe to stay sharp? Because a lot of guys they may not necessarily go and fight those smaller fights back home, but you’ve done that a few times. You did it with Petrov back in ’11, did it with Angel Martinez last December. Not the first time you’ve done that.

 

Maidana

Yeah that’s exactly what it is; I took it and it’s helped me stay busy. It’s helped me stay sharp and conditioned, and that’s exactly the reason why I do it.

 

Q

When you took those fights were you still training in the States or did you train for those fights in Argentina? I guess you’re training in America for this fight.

 

Maidana

No. No. I trained in Oxnard. For the last one I trained in Oxnard with Robert, that’s my coach, and he lives in Oxnard so I come over here, and I don’t have a problem with that.

 

Q

When I asked Lopez before about the fact that he had moved up two weight classes to fight Canelo but got stopped, and we know that you are a good puncher-do you look at the fact that Lopez was stopped in that fight and think that this should be a chance for him to get a knockout or do you think it’s maybe tougher than that because Canelo was obviously the bigger fighter and he was taking on a guy that was moving up two weight classes?

 

Maidana

No. I feel it’s going to be a tough fight. You’re right he went up to fight Canelo. He had no business in that division so I think that at 147 it’s more his weight class and it’s going to be a tough fight. I know he’s a very good fighter. It’s going to be a tough fight. He’s going to be stronger at his weight class so I’ve got a very, very difficult fight, but I’m going to do whatever it takes to win, and I’ve been preparing myself to win. It’s going to be a tough fight but I’ve got to look good and I’ve got to win.

 

Q

One more thing for both guys, maybe Maidana first and maybe, Lopez, you can answer also when Maidana is done. Like you just said tough fight, solid fight between two top guys in that weight class. Where does Maidana feel like a victory will put him because he’s fought a lot of name guys? And Lopez, you fought some good fighters also but where do you feel like a victory will put you in the immediate future?

 

Maidana

No it’s a very important fight. It’s one of the most important fights of my career. Yes I’ve fought some big names in the past, but this is what’s in front of me. This is the next fight and I have to get past this to be considered for bigger fights and to keep moving up the ladder.

 

Q

Lopez, how about yourself, where do you feel like a victory over Maidana will put you in the welterweight division?

 

Lopez

You know what it would absolutely mean me near the top of the division. I think a victory here-I think we’re two of the toughest fighters at 147 so definitely a victory here would put us near the top, and get us in line to fight some of the best fighters in the world so who wins is very important.

 

Q

Marcos, have you gained anything from the similarities between the fact that each of you fought Victor Ortiz in what were brutal fights? And also do you think that you will be the bigger man given that he fought at a career high and both of you are former junior welterweights?

 

Maidana

No. No. I don’t think about that. It’s going to be a tough fight. He’s a good fighter. He’s going to be strong. I’m a good fighter. I’m going to be strong, and I don’t think about that stuff. I just think that the winner is going to be the fighter that’s going to be able to withstand the most and the guy that wants it more and the guy that trains better.

 

Q

Is he the same puncher now yet that he was as a junior welterweight or is he going to use this fight to find out if he has the similar power?

 

Maidana

I feel a lot stronger. I feel a lot stronger at this weight class than I did at 140.

 

Q

You’ve already had a shot at Devon Alexander and Devon won convincingly. Should he be victorious who would he envision himself fighting next or who would he most like to be in the ring against in this weight class?

 

Maidana

I want to fight the best. I want to fight the best. I want to fight the champion. I want to fight the guys that are above me, the guys that are champions whoever it is. I want a good fight. I want a big fight.

 

Q

Okay. So there’s nobody in specific he thinks he would really match up well against given what he’s seen whether it’s Tim Bradley, Guerrero, you know anybody like that.

 

Maidana

There’s different ones; a rematch with Devon I wouldn’t mind that.

 

Q

And I heard you say Mayweather.

 

 


Maidana

Yes, I did say Mayweather.

 

Q

Lopez, hey, this is your fourth straight tough fight in a row, and I actually had you winning the Vargas fight, but is there any part of you that feels that you have to prove that those fights didn’t take anything out of you, particularly the last one against a bigger and powerful Canelo?

 

Lopez 

Yeah you know what I guess I have to prove it, but you know what I went up against a bigger, stronger fighter.  A victory on June 8th would definitely help that but I’m going against the best fighters in the world now.  I’m fighting top caliber fighters so every fight is going to be a tough dangerous fight.  I’ve got to be prepared for every fight.

 

Q

Just a look back real quick, was there ever a part of you even after you fought the Ortiz fight that wanted the Vargas fight given the fact that he’s had some big fights since then?  I mean that was a really close fight and there were a lot of us that thought you won it.

 

Lopez 

Yeah that was a tough defeat to take.  I thought I did enough to win.  I think most people thought I did enough to win.  But things happen for a reason, and even with that lose it put me in the position that I am today.  So that happened but moving on with my career and if we end up meeting up in the future then so be it, and I’ll get to avenge my loss.

 

Q

Did your experience with Canelo-coming back down given you said that this is the right weight class for you know at welterweight do you feel like you’re going to have an advantage?  Do you feel like you’re going to be perhaps the bigger man in the ring in this fight?

 

Lopez 

No.  I don’t feel like I’m at an advantage at all.  I feel like I’m where I’m going to be most comfortable at, and I think that we will both be in very good shape and in a very tough fight.  I think it’s a tough fight for both of us.  I think really the grounds are even and really the best fighter, the smarter fighter is going to win June 8th.

 

Q

You just said it, the smarter fighter.  You made a reference to something I wanted to tough on, that he has had stretches of trouble with fighters like Andriy Kotelnik who he lost to; Morales who some people thought beat him; obviously, Alexander and to an extent even DeMarcus Corley.  With that in mind, will there be an element of boxing should you require it during stretches of the fight?  Do you think you’re capable of boxing well against him?

 

Lopez 

You know what I’m not a straight boxer so I’m not going to say I’m going to go in there and just box around in circles, and work around him, but I’m definitely picking my spots.  Like I said the smarter fighter is going to win, and I’m going to pick when I want to bang because I definitely got to get ... in the ring so I’m going to achieve my spot.

 

Q

Did you gain anything from any of those fights that I mentioned?  Have you watched those fights, and, if so, what did you see was the difference say in the Kotelnik fight, the Alexander fight that maybe you can utilize to a degree?

 

Lopez 

You know what I think overall it’s just a little more of the basic stuff, you know just using angles, getting the timing right, and going straight down the middle.  But we’ve worked on a little bit of everything.  We train according to a fighter so we definitely mixed it up this camp, and are expecting really the best Maidana we’ve seen.

 

Q

Lopez, you’re going in to this fight, it’s a tough fight.  How have you prepared and how do you think the outcome is going to be?" 

 

Lopez

Well, yeah you know what it is going to be a tough fight.  He’s a good fighter.  He’s a tough fighter.  He’s strong, but the key is the preparation, and I’ve had a great preparation and I’ll be ready for the fight.

 

Q

What do you think about the comment of Victor Ortiz wanting to avenge his losses and fight both of you guys again in the future?

 

Lopez

Look, I beat him.  I’ve moved on.  I’m looking for bigger, better fights.  I want to fight the champions, and if that rematch ever comes about I’ll be ready.  I’ll be ready but right now I’ve got my sight set on fighting world champions in bigger, better fights.

 

Maidana

I don’t have a problem with it.  If it comes around then doing a rematch he won’t have a problem.  He’ll fight him again, and basically he’ll leave it up to Golden Boy.  Whoever Golden Boy says and as long as the deal is the right deal then yeah he’ll fight.

 

Q        

Maidana. how much have you benefited by training with Robert Garcia and the rest of the Oxnard fighters?

 

Maidana

Yeah it’s been a benefit. It’s been very good.  I’ve been training with the team.  The sparring is great at Oxnard, and my physical trainer Cicilio Flores has been very good.  This is my third fight with Robert and I’ll be in great shape and ready for the fight.

 

Q

Hi. My question is for Josesito Lopez.  Lopez, you received extra motivation for the Victor Ortiz fight, as I recall, when they announced Canelo and Ortiz as a fight before your fight with Victor Ortiz.  I guess what I’m wondering is what if anything motivates you like that for this fight?

 

Lopez 

You know what I think motivation is there, motivation just to be fighting the best fighters, motivation to continue on.  I don’t really need any extra motivation.  I think the fact that I’m here, I’m here at the top is motivation enough and this is where I want to be, so that’s my motivation to fight the best fighters and continue on in my career.

 

Q

You mentioned Victor Ortiz basically saying that you had-that’s in the past for you.  It doesn’t sound like a rematch is of interest to you.  With regard to Victor Ortiz what I want to know is do you think that you retired Victor Ortiz?  Do you believe he’ll fight again?

 

Lopez 

You know what I really don’t know.  I don’t keep up with Ortiz.  I’ve heard things but hey I don’t wish bad on anyone so hopefully he gets better.  And if we end up fighting again then that would be a hell of a fight so don’t wish any bad on anyone but hopefully everything goes well with him.

 

Q        

You talked a little bit about the Canelo fight moving up to 154, as somebody who has been in the ring with him how would you describe Canelo Alvarez?  Is he overrated?  Is he underrated?  How good is he?

 

Lopez 

You know what I watched a lot of video leading up to that fight, and I think up to that day I think he fought the best fight he’s ever fought up to that date.  I think he made a lot of improvements and I think he looked good.  He definitely came in better than his previous fights.  If he wasn’t as good as people thought before I think it’s changed now.  I think he’s a lot better fighter than he was just two or three fights ago so yes I think he’s made huge improvements and he’s a better fighter now.

 

Swanson

Okay.  That’s it.  That was our last question so can we get final comments?  We’ll go ahead and start with Maidana, and then we’ll end with Lopez?

 

Maidana         

Yeah I would like to invite everybody, all the boxing fans out there, everybody on this call to come out and see a great fight.  It’s going to be a great fight on June 8th, and thank you all for being on.

 

Lopez 

Yeah I want to thank everyone for being a part of a huge event, and I’m excited for this next fight, and as a boxing fan this is a can’t miss fight.  So I’m really excited to be a part of it, and I’ve very blessed and thankful to be in this position, and I’m going to give everything I’ve got June 8th.

 

 

June 3, 2013



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