Lem Satterfield

Maidana-Soto Karass beefs up Alvarez-Lopez card

Rock-fisted Marcos Maidana will rise from 140- to 147-pounds for the second consecutive fight to face rugged Jesus Soto Karass on the undercard of a Showtime-televised quadruple-header whose main event features unbeaten WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez opposite Josesito Lopez on Sept. 15 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 knockouts) will be making the fifth defense of his WBC belt against Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) on a card  that will open with WBC featherweight beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KOs) pursuing his 13th straight win and his 12th knockout during that run in his fifth defense against former 122-pound titleholder Daniel Ponce de Leon (43-4, 35 KOs).

The news was initially reported by ESPN.com.

“We met with Marcos and his team in Las Vegas over the weekend and we agreed to add that bout with Jesus Soto Karass,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.

“Jesus Soto Karass gladly accepted the fight, and so did Marcos Maidana. These are two, very exciting guys fighting each other, and it fits right into the ‘Knockout Kings’ theme, which means that there will be toe-to-toe action.”

Alvarez is coming off the fourth defense of his belt against ex-titleholder Sugar Shane Mosley, whom he defeated by unanimous decision in May, and Lopez, off the most significant win of his career, an upset, ninth-round TKO over former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs) on June 23.

Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs) is attempting to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Devon Alexander in his 147-pound debut in February.

Soto Karass (26-7-3, 17 KOs) is coming off his second straight win, which was a fifth-round stoppage of Euri Gonzalez on July 7. The win over Gonzalez marked the third straight time that Soto Karass had fought as a junior middleweight.

Soto Karass was knocked out in the fifth round by Gabriel Rosado in his 154-pound debut in January, this, after having battled through losses by majority- and unanimous decisions to then-unbeaten welterweight Mike Jones in November of 2010 and February of 2011.

Schaefer expects the action to be reminiscent of Lopez-Ortiz or last Saturday night’s junior welterweight battle during which Danny Garcia’s fourth-round knockout vanquished Amir Khan, whom Garcia dropped three times on the way to adding the WBA belt to the WBC crown he already owned.

“If fight fans enjoy fights like Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez, or like Amir Khan and Danny Garcia, then they will definitely want to watch Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass and Daniel Ponce de Leon against Jhonny Gonzalez or Canelo Alvarez against Josesito Lopez,” said Schaefer.

“This is the kind of card that promises excitement to the fight fans. That’s what Golden Boy does. We put the most thrilling fights together that can be offered to the fight fans, and the fourth fight, which we are working on, will fit right in. It is going to be without any question the most action-packed quadruple-header that you’ve ever seen.”


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



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