Lem Satterfield

Q&A: Ponce de Leon’s on the comeback trail


LAS VEGAS — RingTV.com caught up to former junior featherweight titleholder Daniel Ponce de Leon in advance of Friday night’s clash against fellow Mexican southpaw Eduardo Lazcano, whom he will meet at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino the night before Floyd Mayweather Jr. challenges Miguel Cotto in an HBO Pay Per View-televised bout from the MGM Grand.

Ponce de Leon-Lazcano is the first event of a deal that was recently struck between Golden Boy Promotions and the FOX Sports Media Group, and will be broadcast on Fox Deportes along with a junior middleweight bout between Derrick Ennis (23-3-1, 13 knockouts), of Philadelphia, and Ishe Smith (22-5, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas.

Ponce de Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) is coming off a sixth-round knockout of Omar Estrella in January that helped him to bounce back from consecutive decision losses to Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa in March and September of last year.

He would like to face either WBO titleholder Orlando Salido or WBC beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez should he get beyond Lazcano (24-2, 11 KOs), a winner of three straight bouts.

Ponce de Leon addressed the bouts with Broner and Gamboa, his fight with Lazcano and his future in this Q&A with RingTV.com.

RingTV.com: How much are you motivated to erase the memory of your last two losses to Broner and Gamboa?

Daniel Ponce de Leon: This is a big motivation because this is an important victory that I need. It would be a big win for my fans. They have supported me and I want to do it for them for that reason.

RingTV.com: Who do you think is better, Gamboa or Broner?

PDL: They’re both very good. One of them has more speed — Gamboa. Broner has more defense, but they’re both great fighters.

RingTV.com: At the point where the Gamboa fight was stopped, what is your assessment on how the fight was transpiring?

PDL: Actually, I think that I was bothering Gamboa with my pressure and I felt that eventually, I was going to wear him down. I threw some body punches, and I felt that he was getting tired.

We felt like in my corner that we were doing well. But then he head-butted me and I still have the scar on my forehead to show it.

So that’s when the fight was stopped. But yes, I think that definitely, if the fight had gone on, maybe I would have gotten the victory.


RingTV.com: What sort of performance do you believe that you will need on Friday night to really make a statement against Lazcano?

PDL: Those fights are in the past. I’m thinking about the future. I’m thinking about winning this fight and getting back to the top, and I think that I think I can do a very good job. 

I know that this is the first time that he’s come out of Mexico to fight, and he has an aggressive style and he comes forward.

That suits me perfectly fine and compliments my style, so I think that it’s going to be a good fight. Also, he’s a lefty, like I am.

RingTV.com: Specifically, who would you want to fight after Lazcano?

PDL: I would like to fight Orlando Salido or Jhonny Gonzalez. Both are champions in my division, and it doesn’t matter which one I fight. They’re each very strong with aggressive styles.

In the end, with either one of them, I think that they would be good fights. We’re all aggressive fighters with a lot of experience, and I think that our styles would make for pleasing fights for the fans.

Photo by Chris Cozzone, Fightwireimages.com

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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