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Leo Santa Cruz Defends his WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship Against Manuel Roman in the Co-Main Event
Miguel Vazquez Puts his IBF Lightweight World Title on the Line Against Mayweather Promotions’ Star Mickey Bey
Hard-Hitting Alfredo Angulo Takes on James De La Rosa
PLUS John Molina Jr. vs. Humberto Soto, 10-round Jr. Welterweight Bout
To Air Live On SHOWTIME® During “COUNTDOWN LIVE”
In keeping with Mexican Independence Day tradition, Mayweather Promotions has assembled a stellar undercard featuring some of this era’s most exciting boxers to co-feature on “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” on Saturday, September 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Featured on the four-fight pay-per-view telecast, fan favorite Leo “Terremoto”
Santa Cruz will put his WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship on the line in a 12-round championship bout against Mexican contender Manuel “Suavecito” Roman, plus Tijuana-Baja’s pride Miguel “Títere” Vazquez defends his IBF Lightweight World Championship against Mayweather Promotions’ rising star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey. In the opening bout on pay per view, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo returns to the ring against James De La Rosa in a 10-round bout.
Rounding out a sensational night of televised fights, SHOWTIME will present a live 10-round Jr. welterweight bout between John Molina Jr. and Humberto “La Zorrita”
Soto on “COUNTDOWN LIVE” (SHO, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) immediately preceding the SHOWTIME PPV telecast. Continue reading
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Many observers believed last September 14 would see the coronation of a superstar at the expense of an undefeated champion. No, it wasn’t Saul Alvarez against Floyd Mayweather, but rather Lucas Matthysse vs. Danny Garcia. But Garcia used a late-round surge to spoil Matthysse’s party and certify himself as “the man” at 140.
Seven months later, Matthysse begins the road back against a man who knows all about comebacks in John Molina. The Californian with the blue-collar sensibilities pulled off two shocking late-round rallies against Hank Lundy and Mickey Bey and though he has a modest 3-2 record in his last five fights one can never, ever count him out until the final bell.
What can fight fans expect when Lucas Matthysse and John Molina step into the ring tonight? Check out the SHOSTATS® historical comparison report for both fighters calculated from Matthysse’s last 4 fights, and Molina’s last 3 fights.
Prediction: Given their styles and huge power, this will be a fun fight to watch. It may take two or three rounds to warm up but once it does it will explode into a mighty bonfire. Matthysse’s last 4 opponents landed 40% of their power shots, while Molina’s last 4 opponents landed 47% of their power shots. Matthysse’s hands are faster and strike with a bit more power but Molina will keep the faith for as long as he can. In the end, however, Matthysse will emerge with the “W,” and probably the “KO” too.
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From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing card features several fighters who have scored one impressive kayo after another. Here’s a top 10 list:
- July 9, 2010, John Molina KO 11 Hank Lundy, Lincoln, RI: Molina scores the first of his miracle come-from-behind kayos, trapping Lundy on the ropes.
- July 19, 2013, John Molina KO 10 Mickey Bey, Las Vegas: Having lost virtually every round, Molina catches the unbeaten Bey with a monster hook and stops him 59 seconds from the final bell. One of the most memorable finishes in the 13-year history of ShoBox.
- January 6, 2012, Omar Figueroa KO 6 Michael Perez, Indio, CA: A star is born: In a brutal battle, underdog Figueroa scores the ultimate stoppage, forcing Perez to quit in his corner.
- April 20, 2013, Omar Figueroa KO 1 Abner Cotto, San Antonio: Figueroa swarms from the start vs. his undefeated opponent and scores one knockdown right-handed and another as a southpaw.
- June 23, 2012, Lucas Matthysse KO 5 Humberto Soto, Los Angeles: Until being floored in the fifth, how solid had Soto’s chin proven to be? In 68 fights, he had never been down.
- January 26, 2013, Lucas Matthysse KO 1 Mike Dallas, Las Vegas: The Argentinian’s reputation grows as he rids the ring of Dallas with a single right hand.
- May 18, 2013, Lucas Matthysse KO 3 Lamont Peterson, Atlantic City: In a fight that had been viewed as virtually pick-’em, Matthysse scores three knockdowns in a did-you-see-that blowout.
- November 24, 2012, Keith Thurman KO 4 Carlos Quintana, Ontario, CA: After getting dropped in round one and stopped in the fourth, spoiler southpaw Quintana retires on the spot.
- July 27, 2013, Keith Thurman KO 10 Diego Chaves, San Antonio: In a scintillating battle of unbeatens, Thurman downs Chaves with a body shot in the ninth and drives him to all-fours with a right in the 10th.Watch the full length fight
- December 14, 2013, Keith Thurman KO 9 Jesus Soto Karass, San Antonio: After getting hurt in round one, Thurman scores a knockdown in the fifth and finishes the Mexican veteran in the ninth. Watch it below in instant replay.
StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., has rapidly become known amongst boxing aficionados as the place to be to see world-class fights and fighters. On Saturday, April 26, that reputation continues to grow as Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME Sports® team up for an all-action tripleheader featuring some of the top fighters in the sport today. In the 12-round main event, Florida power-hitter Keith “One Time” Thurman defends his interim WBA World Welterweight Championship against former World Lightweight titleholder Julio “The Kidd” Diaz.
In other televised bouts on SHOWTIME, Argentine knockout king Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse returns in a 10-round matchup against hard-hitting Californian John Molina and Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC Lightweight World Championship against fellow Texan Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes.
“To headline a show like this against a former world champion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and that day is here,” said Thurman. “I respect Julio Diaz and I will not underestimate him. He knows that this may be his last shot, and I expect the best from him, but I’ll be the one leaving with the victory.”