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  “Star Power” Undercard Press Conference

By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Linda Jolicoeur

In the outdoor heat – and I do mean heat – of a summer’s day in Los Angeles, California, we had the press conference for two big undercard fights on the Star Power boxing card on September 17, those being the bout between Josesito Lopez and Jessie Vargas, and the one with Erik “El Terrible” Morales facing off against Lucas Matthysee. (Matthysee was not in attendance.) Both of these fights will be under the Floyd Mayweather/Victor Ortiz card, the fight that is going to take place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

We were first greeted by the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer, who informed us that it is hard to remember any other pay-per-view event that was packed with as many evenly matched fights as the event taking place in Las Vegas. “Three World Champion fights in one night,” Schaefer said. “We have the 140 pound title with Erik Morales and Lucas Matthysee. Then you’re going to have the 147 pound title between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, and then the 154 pound title between Saul Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez. All on one night, on one pay-per-view.”

Next up was Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He echoed Richard’s comments regarding the power of the card. “I’ve been in boxing for a little over 30 years, and I can’t remember a card like this. We have a good combination of some young fighters and obviously we have the great Canelo on the card, as well as the main event, “Money” Mayweather himself, and Victor Ortiz.” I think the fans are in for a great night of boxing.”

The co-promoter of Lopez, Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing, had this to say; “I think this card could be the fight of the century. I don’t think this could ever be outdone. It is without question one of the best organized fights ever, and the card is unbelievable.

There are eight great fighters on this card, but I think two of these fighters are going to steal the show. Josesito Lopez and Jessie Vargas are two of the youngest, fastest, sharpest fighters in the world today, and both of them are going to be out to prove themselves.”

Finally we got to hear a fighter speak, Josesito Lopez. After thanking everyone for coming, he said, “Whenever you have a fighter like me and Jessie Vargas in the ring, you’re going to see action. So don’t miss the fight. We are two top fighters at the top of our game, and we’ll see who can survive. Thank you!”

His opponent Vargas was a bit wordier and through an interpreter had his own things to say. “This is a great opportunity that’s been given to me, to fight on a pay-per-view. I’m very excited, and I’m definitely going to take full advantage of this opportunity. It’s a pleasure being on the same card with Erik Morales and Floyd Mayweather. My opponent is Josesito Lopez, and he is a very good fighter, but I feel I’m a better fighter and I’m going to show him September 17th. I’m going to train very hard, and I hope Josesito is also training hard, so we can give the fans a great fight, which I’m sure we will. I’m coming to win, and at the end of the day, I will come out victorious.”

It was time to hear from the three-time World Champion, and the man who Schaefer said was one of the most famous Mexican fighters ever in the history of the sport, Erik Morales. Also through an interpreter, Morales said, with regard to Matthysee, “We were looking at videos, studying different opponents. I’ve seen a lot of the comments on different websites and on Facebook that I’m crazy. (With regard to this fight.)

“It was the same thing in the last fight with Maidana, that I was crazy, that I was going to get killed, and there was about a second there, that people were convincing me of that. The reality is that yes, I am crazy, but I’m crazy for what I do, for what I believe in. when I looked at videos of Matthysee and studied him I found he’s a very strong fighter who hits very hard. It doesn’t matter to me if people understand me or not. This is just a sport, and I do it with a lot of love and a lot of heart. I feel that this is a fight that people want to see – the public wants to see it. It couldn’t be a better fight. People ask why, and sometimes I don’t even know how to answer, I don’t know why I do it either. I just know that I love to do it and I want to do it. So have a great time, and there’ll be a celebration when I come out victorious.”

With that the conference ended with the customary posing for photos by the fighters, followed by a serious search for water!

Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,


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