Nearly 14,500 fans will pack the MGM Grand Garden Arena as tickets are sold out for this Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada featuring Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former World Champion Marcos Maidana facing Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title and Leo Santa Cruz defending his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former two-time World Champion Eric Morel.
“We are extremely proud of our efforts to showcase the superstar talents of Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day weekend and the fans have responded by making it a sellout,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “This quadruple-header is just another example of Golden Boy Promotions’ efforts to bring the best and most exciting shows to our dedicated and loyal boxing audience. It is going to be a loud and raucous crowd in the arena Saturday night and one of these “Knockout Kings” might receive a $100,000 bonus for their performance too. I guarantee you it will be an electrifying night.”
In his last bout, Lopez shocked the boxing world be defeating highly ranked Victor Ortiz by TKO in the 9th round after Ortiz suffered a broken jaw. At the time, Ortiz had already signed to fight Alvarez, which eventually opened the opportunity for Lopez to face Canelo.
Alvarez is coming off a unanimous decision win last May against former world champion and future hall of famer, “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Prior to this bout, his biggest win to date, Canelo defeated the likes of Kermit Cintron and Alfonso Gomez by TKO in the 5th and 6th rounds respectively.
It should be noted that Lopez, who has fought most of his career at the light welterweight limit of 140 lbs. moved up to 147 to fight Ortiz at welterweight. Now, Lopez gives another jump to 154 lbs. to challenge Alvarez for his light middleweight title.
Canelo Alvarez: 154 Pounds
Josesito Lopez: 153 Pounds
Jhonny Gonzalez: 125 Pounds
Daniel Ponce De Leon: 125 ½ Pounds
Marcos Maidana: 147 Pounds
Jesus Soto-Karass: 147 Pounds
Leo Santa Cruz: 117 Pounds
Eric Morel: 118 Pounds
The four fights will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.