By Wil Esco
JoJo Diaz Jr., Diego De La Hoya, and Ryan Martin have all be added to the televised undercard.
The upcoming September 16th pay-per-view headlined by Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin has ironed out its entire televised undercard.
The co-main event will feature featherweights Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) taking on Jorge “Pilon” Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) in a 12-round WBC title eliminator.
“It’s a dream come true to be fighting in the co-main event of the Canelo vs. Golovkin card,” said Joseph Diaz, Jr. “I finally get the opportunity to fight for a title eliminator! I’ve been waiting my whole life to become a world champion. On September 16, I’m going to give it everything I got, for all my fans out there.”
“I haven’t seen too much of [Joseph] Diaz, but I know that he’s a tough opponent,” said Jorge Lara. “I also know that he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. More than anything else, I know that we have to give a great fight, and I hope that he throws punches and brawls.”
The undercard will also feature former IBF bantamweight champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) taking on Oscar De La Hoya’s nephew, Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KOs), in a scheduled 10-rounder for Caballero’s NABF super bantamweight title.
“I am so happy and grateful for the opportunity that Golden Boy Promotions has given me,” said Randy Caballero. “I promise to all my friends, family and fans that I will put on a great performance come September 16.”
“I’m very motivated and excited for another great opportunity on the biggest boxing event in some time,” said Diego De La Hoya. “Fights like this one versus Caballero are what bring out the best in me, and I guarantee I will give it my all to put on a great show for the fans. I’d like to thank Golden Boy Promotions, my manager, and Team DDLH for the continued support! See you September 16!”
Finally, to open the telecast, we’ll have lightweight contenders Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) facing Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs) for a couple of minor titles: Ryan’s WBC Continental Americas title and the vacant WBA Intercontinental title.
“I realize there are a lot of big fights that can be made right now in the lightweight division,” said Ryan Martin. “There are lot of projections and talks for me to be a part of some of those bigger fights. But, right now I have to get past Rojo. Preparations are going good, and I will be as sharp as ever on that night. My team is amazing, and my trainers are pushing me really hard.”
“It is an honor to be fighting on the same Mexican Independence Day weekend card as the great Canelo Alvarez,” said Francisco Rojo. “It’s going to be a great night for Mexico when we both leave the ring with all the belts wrapped around us.”
The non-televised portion of the card will feature: Puerto Rico’s Jesus Rojas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) taking on Dominican Republic’s Claudio Marrero (22-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant WBA featherweight title in a scheduled 12-rounder; Vergil Ortiz (6-0, 6 KOs) of Dallas, TX taking on Cesar Valenzuela (7-1, 2 KOs) from Pheonix, AZ in a 6-round super lightweight fight; 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Marlen Esparza facing Denver’s Tania Cosme (5-6-1, 1 KO); and finally Los Angeles’ Serhii Bohachuk (4-0, 4 KOs) facing the ever dreaded ‘TBD’ in a scheduled 4-round welterweight fight.
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Source:: Bad Left Hook