By Steve Kim: After what has been a slow start to the 2013 boxing schedule, which has been beset by injuries and postponements, it seems to be picking up steam going into the spring. And Golden Boy is doing more than their part to add to this momentum with what could be the most fan-friendly doubleheader of the year on April 20th.
Golden Boy Promotions, CEO, Richard Schaefer announced to Maxboxing.com on Monday,"(Abner) Mares and (Daniel) Ponce de Leon, signed, Home Depot Center. How do you like it? This is going to be an amazing fight, toe-to-toe action. This is like when we did Israel Vazquez against Rafael Marquez. Two Mexican warriors and you paired them up and you knew it was going to be a great fight. Here, with Mares and Ponce de Leon, two real Mexican warriors, it sorta reminds me of all that. And then to top it all off, you put it in the same venue?"
The classic first and third chapters of Vazquez-Marquez took place at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
Stephen Espinoza of Showtime, which would televise this clash, confirmed that both fighters have put their names on the dotted line.
"It doesn’t get much better than that," said Schaefer excitedly."Actually, it does, a little bit better if I would be able to - and I’m not there, yet, so no promises - to pair it up with Josesito Lopez against Marcos Maidana. Oh my God, who wouldn’t want to be there?"
Well, along with many other boxing fans in Southern California and beyond, sign me up.
Then you could see a collision between two premiere light welterweights in Lamont Peterson( who successfully returned to the ring by dismantling Kendall Holt last Friday night) and perhaps the most feared figure in this division, ’the Machine’ Lucas Matthysse.
"It seems to me that both fighters are open to it. Let’s see if we can get it done and potentially pair it up with Devon Alexander and Kell Brook," said Schaefer, of the fight that was supposed to take place this past weekend in Detroit before Alexander suffered a bicep injury in camp.
As for the venue, Schaefer is inclined to do it in a neutral setting for all four fighters."I think we have to be fair, I wouldn’t do it in Argentina and I wouldn’t do it in Washington D.C., but maybe the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. That seems to be a perfect spot or other sports somewhere in the East Coast would be my preference."
Which should be music to Matthysse’s ears given that his two losses to Alexander and Zab Judah were fought behind enemy lines.
February 26, 2013