Ponce de Leon vs. Mares: Signed, Sealed and Delivered - By Steve Kim - On Doghouse Boxing
Ponce de Leon vs. Mares: Signed, Sealed and Delivered By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Feb 26, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
After what has been a slow
start to the 2013 boxing schedule, beset by injuries and postponements, it
seems to be picking up steam going into the spring. And Golden Boy Promotions is
doing more than its part to add to this momentum with what could be the most
fan-friendly doubleheader of the year on April 20th.
Golden Boy CEO Richard
Schaefer announced to Maxboxing on Monday, “[Abner] Mares and [WBC
featherweight titleholder 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, confirms 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
Well, along with many other
boxing fans in Southern California and beyond, sign me up.
Then you could see a collision
between two premier junior 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 on May 18th.
“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
biceps 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 spots somewhere in the East Coast would be my preference.”
This should be music to
Matthysse's ears given his two losses to Alexander and Zab Judah were on enemy
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