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MAIDANA vs. LOPEZ FULL FIGHT REPORT AND PHOTOS


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Carson, California:- Golden Boy Promotions held a 10 card event at the Home Depot in this city that featured Argentina’s Marcos Maidana versus Josesito Lopez of nearby Riverside, CA.

The fight was a sell out with fans coming in as early as 2:30 p.m. to see the first bout. The fight was shown live on ShowTime.

It could have been a nicer fight day if not for the incessant voice of a guy named “Tatoo” who kept on yelling at the public address system in an effort to drum up the crowd between fights. For a while it was okay to hear him but as the day progressed, it got irritating kind of like scratching your nails on a chalk board.

In the curtain raiser, two boys from Los Angeles tangled on the ring. Edgar Valerio (3-0-0, 2KO) beat David Reyes (2-4-1, 0KO) via a split decision. Scores were 37-35,37-35 and 35-37.

In the second fight, an 8 rounder between two junior featherweights, Manuel Avila (13-0-0, 4KO) of Fairfield California beat Jamal Parram (6-8-1, 4KO) of St Louis, MO by a wide unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight at 80-72.


Valerio vs Reyes.


Avila vs Parram.

The third fight featured Hollywood’s Jamie Kavanagh (14-0-1, 6KO) who used to fight out of the Wildcard Gym of Freddie Roach versus Adolfo Landeros (21-32-2, 10KO) of Calexico, Mexico. The fight ended at the end of round 3. Landero’s corner stopped the fight before round 4 started. Kavanaugh thus won by TKO.

The fourth fight a 10 round junior lightweight battle was between Ronny Rios (22-0-0, 10KO ) of Santa Ana, CA against Leonilo Miranda (32-6-0, 30KO) of Sonora, Mexico. Referee Pat Russell waived off the fight at the middle of round 6th due at the request of the corner of Miranda.

The fifth fight was between two heavyweights, Gerald Washington (8-0-0, 5KO) an ex- USC football player from Los Angeles, and Sherman Williams (35-13-2, 19KO) of Vero Beach, Florida. On paper the fight looks to be one sided, with Washington in just his 8th fight and Williams almost with 50 fights.

Washington dropped Williams in round 2 but Williams took the count, recovered well and finished the 8 round fight without further incident. However, Washington won by a wide unanimous decision. All judges scored the fight the same at 79-72.


Kavanagh vs Landeros.


Rios vs Miranda.


Washinton vs Williams.


Diaz vs Casillas.

The next bout was the swing bout to accommodate TV time. It was a four rounder between former US Olympian Joseph Diaz, Jr (6-1-0, 3KO) of South El Monte, CA and Rigoberto Casillas ( 8-11-0, 6KO) of San Diego, CA. The featherweight fight was far more entertaining than the previous fight between two heavyweights. At the end of round 3, the corner of Casillas decided that their fighter is no longer competitive and kept their fighter on the stool.. Thus, Diaz wins via 3rd round TKO

The TV fights came next.

First in line was the 10 round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight title between Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-1-0, 19KO) of Sapporo, Japan and Johan Perez (17-1-1, 12KO) of Caracas, Venezuela.

The fight was a slam-bang affair for 10 rounds with each fighter taking turns in getting in their power shots to the delight of the sell out crowd. However, the Venezuelan was far more accurate and was a lot busier. In the end, he won the fight via a wide unanimous decision with scores as follows: 100-90, 98-92, and 97-93.


Perez vs Kamegai.


Charlo vs Hopkins.

Jermel Charlo (21-0-0, 10KO) beat Demetrius Hopkins (33-3-1, 13KO) in the worst fight of the evening. The fight was so boring that people in the stands found time to stage their own fights to the delight of the crowd. At least two fight broke out in the stands when Charlo and Hopkins were on the ring. Charlo won the USBA Junior middle weight belt of Hopkins and kept his WBC Continental Americas Super welterweight title. The judges scores were 115-113 all in favor of Charlo.

In the main support event, Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12KO) survived a knockdown in the 4th and 9th round at the hands of Afredo Angulo (23-3-0, 18KO) to win the vacant WBA Interim Super welterweight belt. In the early part of round 10 Lara hit Angulo with a clean right hand and immediately Angulo turned his back forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr to stop the fight. Angulo had a huge swelling on his left face above the eye. Scores at that juncture of the fight were 88-84, 88-84 and 83-86 for Lara.

Angulo’s injury reminded this writer of the same swelling suffered by Fernando Vargas when he lost to Shane Mosley years ago.


Referee Raul Caiz Sr waives off the fight after Alfredo Angulo turned his back and refused to fight in the 10th round.

The main event between Argentina’s Marcos Maidana and Riverside, CA’s Josesito Lopez lived up to its billing. It was a slugfest par excellence. Maidana landed a huge overhand right flushed on the chin of Lopez putting Lopez down for the eight count. Lopez beat the count easily but appeared to have been groggy as he stood up. When the fight resumed, Maidana threw multiple bombs on Lopez who was caught in his own corner forcing referee Pat Russel to stop the fight. Time: 1:18 of round 6th (top photo).

Photos by Dr Ed de la Vega.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ed de la Vega, DDS.


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