HBO’s Jim Lampley will review Sergio Martinez’s unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul Alvarez’s fifth-round knockout of Josesito Lopez on the latest episdoe of The Fight Game this Saturday.
The fighters on Showtime’s stacked “Knockout Kings” card obviously plan to do their “talking” in the ring on Saturday. All eight participants were classy and respectful at the short final press conference on Thursday.
Leo Santa Cruz has fought most of his career under the radar, but the unbeaten bantamweight beltholder will earn a lot of fans if he beats Eric Morel on Satruday and set himself up for big fights in the loaded 122-pound division.
Nonito Donaire on facing Toshiaki Nishioka: “You have to find the fighters who can challenge you and who will put you at risk. You put yourself at risk of losing, at risk of getting hurt, at risk of losing your life. That’s all part of boxing.”
Birthday knockouts have become a tradition for WBC featherweight beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez, and this Sept. 15 — Gonzalez’s 31st birthday — he’ll be looking to collect a $100,000 bonus against Daniel Ponce de Leon.
An IBF bantamweight title fight between beltholder Leo Santa Cruz and Eric Morel may complete the Sept. 15 quadrupleheader headlined by WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul Alvarez and Josesito Lopez.
WBC junior featherweight titleholder Abner Mares, lightweight contender Sharif Bogere and featherweight prosepct Gary Russell Jr. could be a part of a big weekend that includes 2012 Olympian pro debuts, Oct. 13-14, on Showtime and CBS.