Marcos Maidana, Josesito Lopez talk bad intentions at news conference

Oh, man, in less than a month, on June 8, we figure to have quite a main event at Home Depot Center between Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez (on Showtime).

Maidana (33-3, 30 KOs), of Argentina, is one of the hardest punchers, pound-for-pound, in the world – he has a knockout ratio of 83 percent.

Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) does not have the fight-by-fight destructiveness Maidana has, but Lopez showed what he can do in a given fight when he broke the jaw of Victor Ortiz in their fight in June 2012 at Staples Center. Lopez was losing on the scorecards, but he won via ninth-round when Ortiz could not answer the bell for the 10th round because of his broken jaw.

This could be a real good one. The fighters thinks so, too.

“I know Josesito is a great fighter,” Maidana said. “I know he likes to stand and trade and fight.That’s what I do and that’s why it’s going to be such an exciting fight.”

Lopez had an interesting take.

“I’m so excited about this fight, and I’m the one receiving the punches,” he said. “I can only imagine how excited the fans are. Years ago before I was at this level, I thought, ‘Man, this would be an exciting fight. I would love to get in there and bang with him.’ Now we’re here. It’s a hell of a matchup. It could be fight of the year.”

Tickets are $25, $50, $75 and $150 and can be purchased a variety of ways, including online at or the Home Depot Center box office

The event is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions.


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