Timothy Bradley/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas both weighed in at 146.4 pounds Friday for their vacant interim welterweight title showdown that will take place Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson.
HBO will televise the Top Rank Inc. card.
Bradley, 31, is 31-1-1 with 12 knockouts. He is a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion.
Vargas, 26, is 26-0 with nine knockouts. He is a former junior welterweight champion moving up in weight.
Joseph Diaz Jr./Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Golden Boy Promotions on Thursday announced that featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr., a 2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, has been added to the July 11 card at the Los Angeles Sports Arena (on HBO Latino).
Diaz, 22, is 16-0 with 10 knockouts. His opponent has yet to be determined.
Hank Lundy will take on Mauricio Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) of Riverside in the junior welterweight main event. Lundy, of Philadelphia, is 25-4-1 with 12 knockouts.
Dominic Breazeale/Photo courtesy of TGB Promotions
Heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale wanted to display his wares in front of a lot of people. He got his wish Saturday, and the endeavor was a success.
Breazeale figured to be in his toughest fight since turning pro in 2012 when he squared off with Yasmany Consuegra of Cuba in the semi-main event underneath the Robert Guerrero-Aron Martinez main event at StubHub Center. Consuegra dominated the first round and most of the second before being decked very late in the second with a shot to the top of the head.
Breazeale floored Consuegra two more times in the third with clubbing punches to the head. Breazeale yelled at Consuegra to, “Get up, get up.” Consuegra (17-1) did, but referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved off the bout at 1:49, Breazeale getting credit for a third-round TKO.
Breazeale (15-0, 14 KOs) is a 2012 U.S. Olympian out of Alhambra.
“I knew I had the opportunity with millions of people watching on NBC to make a statement, and I believe I made a statement,” said Breazeale, 29. “I knew he was very badly hurt at the end of the second round and I was surprised he came out for the third.”
Breazeale was asked why he was yelling at Consuegra to “get up.”
“Wasn’t done with him,” he said. “Just barely got started. I wanted to ice him.”
Guerrero (33-3-1) won a 10-round split-decision over Martinez (19-4-1).
Oscar Molina/Photo courtesy of TGB Promotions
Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs) of Norwalk remained undefeated by pounding out a one-sided unanimous decision over Todd Manuel in an eight-round super welterweight bout underneath the Robert Guerrero-Aron Martinez main event Saturday at Stub-Hub Center. Molina decked Manual in the first round, but Manuel hung tough.
“I give myself a C,” said Molina, who won by scores of 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. “I was loading up a little bit too much on my punches. After I knocked him down I got a little anxious. I wanted to stop him right away.”
Manuel, if Crowley, La., is 10-6-1.
Guerrero (33-3-1) won a split-decision over Martinez (19-4-1) and Dominic Breazeale (15-0, 14 KOs) had a third-round TKO of Yasmany Consuegra (17-1) of Cuba in the heavyweight semi-main event.
Miguel Cotto, left, and Daniel Geale will tangle for Cotto’s middleweight title on Saturday in New York City/Photo by Seth Wenig, Associated Press
There had been concern about whether Daniel Geale of Australia would be able to make the 157-pound weight limit for his challenge to middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
No problem. Geale on Friday weighed in right at 157, meaning he will be able to walk out of the ring with the belt should he emerge victorious.
The middleweight limit is 160 pounds, but Cotto insisted on a catch-weight of three pounds under that. Cotto, who certainly is not a true middleweight, weighed just 153 1/2 pounds Friday, which is actually a half-pound under the junior middleweight limit.
The fight will be televised by HBO.
Dominic Breazeale hits the speed bad/Photo courtesy of TGB Promotions
Heavyweight Dominic Breazeale of Alhambra is 14-0 with 13 knockouts since turning pro in November 2012 after competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. But Breazeale has not fought anyone of note.
Breazeale on Saturday will face what figures to be his toughest opponent when he squares off with Yasmany Consuegra of Miami via Cuba in a daytime card at StubHub Center (on NBC). Consuegra is 17-0 with 14 knockouts.
Breazeale, 29, is looking forward to the challenge.
“Definitely toughest competition to date thus far,” he said. “Definitely. Yasmany is 17-0, 14 KOs. One of those guys that steps in the ring with a ton of confidence. We’re both undefeated fighters and I was extremely excited when I got the call. … It’s a great setting, a great way to have a stepping-stone to the next level. I want to be considered the top heavyweight and I guess you’ve got to fight top guys to get there.”
Amir Khan/Photo by Paul Thomas, Associated Press
Amir Khan of England had his hands full this past Friday with Chris Algieri, who fought his heart out against Khan in the welterweight main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. From the sound of it, Khan knew Algieri would not be a walk in the park for him. Khan said as much after he earned a unanimous decision by scores of 115-113, 117-111 and 117-111.
“Chris gave it his all tonight,” Khan said. “This is the best Algieri we’ve seen in a long time, and if he’d have fought Manny (Pacquiao) that way, he might have won.”
Pacquiao won a very lopsided decision over Algieri in November in Macau, China.
Khan has been pining for a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. He intimated he had to put that out of his head while dealing with Algieri.
“Everyone knows I want Floyd next after all the talk about it, but when you wait and hope for something for this long, it can set you back,” said Khan, who is 31-3 with 19 knockouts. “I don’t want to overlook any other fighters, including Chris.”
The semi-main event Saturday underneath Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao featured super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights taking on Jose Cayetano of Tijuana in a non-title fight in the featherweight division.
Even though Santa Cruz was moving up in weight, he figured to have an easy time of it as Cayetano (17-4) is not in his class. Santa Cruz (30-0-1) did in the sense that he won big on the scorecards – he won by three scores of 100-90. But fans seemed a bit restless that he could not stop Cayetano inside the distance.
There were a few boos.
Vasyl Lomachenko, a highly decorated amateur who won gold medals in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, retained his featherweight world title with a ninth-round knockout of Gamalier Rodriguez of Puerto Rico on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at MGM Grand. Referee Robert Byrd counted out Rodriguez at 50 seconds of the round.
Lomachenko, of the Ukraine, won the gold medal in the featherweight division in the 2008 Beijing Games and the gold medal in the 2012 London Games.
Lomachenko was winning by scores of 80-69, 78-71 and 79-70 at the time of the knockout.
Fans would love to see Lomachenko in a title-unfication bout with fellow champion Nicholas Walters, who is an absolute beast.
“Anyone in my weight division with a title,” Lomachenko said when asked who’s next. “That’s who I want to fight. I want to fight all the champions.”
Lomachenko, 27, won his title in just his third pro fight. He is 4-1 with two knockouts.
Rodriguez is now 25-3-3.
Oscar De La Hoya, speaking from inside the Golden Boy Promotions office in Downtown L.A. on Tuesday, described Manny Pacquiao as the hero and Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the villain in what’s being billed as “The Fight of The Century.”
“Mayweather has this image,” he said. “The money and the flash and this-and-that. As person I don’t know him to well to judge him, but from what I’ve read, what I’ve heard, I just don’t like what he represents.”
De La Hoya, who has brought boxing back to Downtown L.A. with Golden Boy Promotions’ L.A. Fight Club, added that boxing fans want to see Pacquiao win Saturday’s fight.
“The majority of the fans out there want to see Manny Pacquiao give Floyd Mayweather his first loss,” including De La Hoya himself. “I’m a huge Pacquiao fan and I’m rooting for Pacquiao.”
See more of what De La Hoya had to say in the video below, also check out more of his interview in this column by the L.A. Daily News’ Mark Whicker.