Key participants are being lined up for the undercards of both the April 20 main event at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, featuring Mexican WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against Austin Trout, and the May 4 Showtime Pay Per View welterweight clash between pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and two-division titlewinner Robert Guerrero at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
ALVAREZ-TROUT COULD BOAST OMAR FIGUEROA, RAUL MARTINEZ, CHARLO TWINS
Alvarez (41-0-1, 31 knockouts) will be matched against Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) on Showtime, with the card also potentially to include “one of or both of” Houston’s 154-pound twins, Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs) and Jermall Charlo (12-0, 8 KOs) as well as lightweight/junior welterweight prospect Omar Figueroa (19-0, 15 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas.
Also expected to make an appearance is San Antonio-based bantamweight Raul Martinez (29-2, 17 KOs), a winner of five of his past six fights, three of them by knockout since, himself, being stopped by Nonito Donaire in the fourth round in April of 2009.
The 22-year-old siblings are coming off knockouts, with Jermall being after his seventh straight stoppage victory, and Jermell coming off January’s eighth-round knockout of Harry Joe Yorgey.
Figueroa, 23, has stopped seven of his past eight opponents and is coming off a first-round knockout of Henry Aurad on March 2.
Martinez is coming off a third-round knockout over Juan Jiminez in August during which he suffered a torn biceps muscle.
“This is perfect, because he’s a local kid and it will give him some great exposure. It will be his first fight back after tearing and repairing that bicep. He’s a good little kid.”
MAYWEATHER-GUERRERO COULD FEATURE J’LEON LOVE VERSUS GABRIEL ROSADO
For the Mayweather-Guerrero card, a deal is “close” that would match Detroit prospect J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs), who is coming off last month’s unanimous decision over Chicago’s Derek Findley, opposite former junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) according to Rosado’s promoter, Russell Peltz, as well as another source familiar with the details of the situation.
Unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz, who recently vacated his IBF bantamweight belt to enter the junior featherweight ranks, is also slated to be the Mayweather-Guerrero card against an opponent to be determined.
Love, who is promoted by Mayweather, is “definitely” a lock for the card, whereas “Rosado is being worked on, and (is) close, and would be a great fight,” according to a source. “But it’s not done yet.”
“From our end, it’s close. We’re looking at paper work,” said Peltz. “Nothing’s signed yet, but we’re going over everything.”
Rosado, of Philadelphia, is coming off January’s bloody seventh-round stoppage loss to Kazakhstan-born WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin.
“It’s not a more high-profile situation, but it’s another fight that he wants. It’s a big fight on a big stage, so that’s what he wants,” said Peltz. “It’s a 50-50 fight as opposed to the last one where nobody gave him a prayer, so he’s pumped up about it.”
The battering Rosado’s face received from Golovkin required 13 stitches to close cuts over his left eye.
“He’s all healed. You wouldn’t know that he was cut in his last fight. I don’t want him to box for a while,” said Peltz. “For this fight, he’ll need about four or five weeks of preparation, so I don’t think that he needs to start boxing until April. That will be plenty.”
TICKETS TO MAYWEATHER-GUERRERO GOING FAST
Within 12 hours of the tickets having gone on sale on Tuesday, less than 1,500 seats remained for the Mayweather-Guerrero fightt on Cinco de Mayo weekend.
“Boxing fans know what they get when they purchase a ticket to a Floyd Mayweather fight,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions.
“Floyd is the biggest attraction in the sport and the public has responded with a brisk buying pace which has led to tickets almost being sold out in one day. This will be another great night for all of those lucky enough to be in the arena for another Mayweather experience.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer agrees.
“This is a testament to the interest in Floyd Mayweather and, I believe, in the inspirational story of Robert Guerrero and his will to win both in boxing and in life,” said Schaefer.
“Tickets sold quickly and without reservation for this blockbuster event on the Cinco de Mayo weekend as sports fans understand the magnitude of what it means to be a part of this tremendous night of boxing.”
BOXERS ON RICHARD ABRIL-SHARIF BOGERE CARD TEST NEGATIVE
Drug tests returned negative for all of the fighters on the undercard as well as the March 2 main event during which WBA lightweight beltholder Richard Abril unanimously decisioned Sharif “The Lion” Bogere at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.
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