Photos/Quotes: Josesito Lopez, Diego De La Hoya & Julian Ramirez Media Workout

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INDIO, CALIF. (Dec. 4) – The final Golden Boy Live! event of 2013 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will be one to remember, as a trio of spectacular matchups have been added to the televised portion of the Friday, Dec. 13 card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

 

Already featuring “Riverside Rocky” Josesito Lopez against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis in the main event and Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas facing Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes as the co-main bout, boxing fans in the venue and watching live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will also see three more televised bouts, with unbeaten junior middleweight Jermall Charlo taking on Joseph De Los Santos, 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. meeting Mexico’s Carlos Rodriguez in a junior featherweight battle and Diaz’ Olympic teammate Errol Spence Jr. putting his perfect professional record on the line against Noe Bolanos in junior middleweight action.  All three bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.

 

Also stepping into the ring for an exciting 10-round non-televised middleweight bout will be Coachella, Calif. favorite Angel Osuna and unbeaten Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr.  Plus, those in attendance will get an extra treat as popular heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, fresh off of his stunning first round knockout over Seth Mitchell in September at Fantasy Springs, will be on hand to sign autographs, take pictures and meet and greet fans.

 

Houston’s Jermall Charlo (16-0, 12 KO’s) cemented his reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the junior middleweight division as he has gone 6-0 with six knockouts already in 2013, with finishes over notable foes such as Orlando Lora, Luis Hernandez and Antwone Smith.  The 23-year-old aims to close out the year with another furious finish.  A rugged veteran from the Dominican Republic, 36-year-old Joseph De Los Santos (16-12-3, 9 KO’s) may have a few defeats on his record, but he has only been stopped once, making him a tough test for Charlo.  Plus, with wins in six of his last seven bouts, De Los Santos is proving himself to be a late bloomer primed to score the upset.

 

Twenty-one-year-old South El Monte native Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (8-1, 5 KO’s) is on the fast track to big things in the 122-pound weight class and with six wins in 2013 alone, he’s keeping the kind of busy schedule that makes world champions.  On Dec. 13, the 2012 U.S. Olympian hopes to score his fifth straight knockout when he takes on Los Mochis’ Carlos Rodriguez (18-12-4, 10 KO’s).  Rodriguez will be quite the challenge for the young Diaz and after winning six of his last eight fights, the 30-year-old has the momentum he needs to come up big at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

 

A highly decorated amateur who made it to the quarterfinals of the 2012 London Games, Desoto, Texas’ Errol Spence Jr. (9-0, 7 KO’s) has picked up plenty of frequent flyer miles in 2013, fighting in Florida, Nevada, California and Texas while putting seven more wins on his record.  A recent victor over unbeaten Emmanuel Lartey in October, the 23-year-old Spence is hungry for more W’s.  Looking to put a “1” in Spence’s loss column is Obregon, Mexico’s veteran Noe Bolanos (25-8-1, 16 KO’s).  The 27-year-old will be looking to make it two wins in a row on Dec. 13, following his eight-round win over Felipe Gonzalez in September.

 

Two of California’s top prospects collide in a highly anticipated showdown, as 25-year-old Angel Osuna (11-3-1, 7 KO’s) from Coachella takes on the young and undefeated 22-year-old Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (19-0, 10 KO’s).  Osuna bounced back from a rocky start to his pro career to win his last seven bouts, five by knockout.  Centeno has yet to lose as a professional and he wants to end 2013 with an upset win to remember against the fan favorite Osuna.

 

 

Josesito Lopez, Joseph Diaz Jr., Julian Williams and Diego De La Hoya participated in a Los Angeles media workout yesterday.  Below please find the quotes and a link to the photos from the event.

 

Josesito Lopez, Top Welterweight Contender

“I’ve been training hard and I always try to adjust to different styles.  That’s why we bring in different sparring partners so the preparation is definitely there.

 

“Everything is going great in camp.  The fight is only a few days away and I’m excited to be back.  I really appreciate all the fans and I’m glad to be fighting in Southern California.

 

“There are big things coming in 2014, but first things first and that’s December 13 I’m expecting a tough fight and that’s what I’m focused on.  I don’t take anyone lightly and train like I’m the underdog.”

 

 

Joseph Diaz Jr., Junior Featherweight Rising Star

[On his opponent]: “I know that Carlos Rodriguez is going to come and be aggressive to try to overwhelm me.

 

“He [Rodriguez] may be my toughest opponent to date, but I’m ready for him.  I know that it will be a difficult fight because he’s an experienced fighter, but I’m ready to give the fans a great show.

 

“If the knockout comes, then it comes.  The knockouts I’ve gotten, I got with shots they weren’t expecting.  I just like to take my time and have patience when I am in the ring.”

 

 

Julian Ramirez, Undefeated Junior Featherweight Rising Star

“Me siento bien, estoy listo para el 13 de diciembre.  Me he preparado por 3 meses, entrené e hice spar con Yeyo Thompson y Jesse Roman, 10 rounds de sparring tres veces por semana así que me siento fuerte para salir con todo y para ganar.”

 

Translation:

“I feel good.  I’m ready for December 13.  I’ve been preparing for three months and I trained and sparred with Yeyo Thompson and Jesse Roman.  I’ve sparred 10-rounds of sparring three times per week so I feel strong and I’m ready to give my everything to get the win.”

 

 

Diego De La Hoya, Undefeated Junior Featherweight Rising Star

“Estoy contento por esta pelea, por poder pelear en casa con mi gente y acercarme un poco mas a mi gran sueño de ser campeón.  Me he preparado bien, he trabajado duro en los entrenamientos con el mejor entrenador Joel De La Hoya y con algunos sparrings muy buenos.  Estoy contento por tener un gran equipo.”

 

Translation:

“I’m excited about this fight, being able to fight close to home getting a little closer to my dream of being a champion.

 

“I’ve prepared well.  I’ve worked hard during training with the best trainer Joel De La Hoya and with some really good sparring partners.  I’m happy about having a great team.”

Photo Credit: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

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Josesito Lopez vs. Mike Arnoutis & Francisco Vargas vs. Jerry Belmontes Set for Dec. 13th

INDIO, CALIF. (Nov. 20) – The Golden Boy Live! series on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes has consistently delivered top-notch matchups since its launch in August and it will wrap 2013 up with a bang on Friday, Dec. 13 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The special edition features the return of welterweight world title contender Josesito “Riverside Rocky” Lopez against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis, and in the co-feature bout, the NABF/WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight Title will be on the line between Mexico’s unbeaten Francisco Vargas and Texas’ tough Jerry Belmontes.

“It’s great to be back in the ring, especially in front of my Southern California fans,” said Lopez. Arnaoutis is a tough guy and I know he’s going to give me a fight, but that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

“Josesito Lopez is a true warrior and with our styles, this is going to be a fight no one will forget,” said Arnaoutis. “I can’t wait for the first bell to ring and I’m not going to stop swinging until my hand is raised.”

“This is a big fight for me and I’m expecting a tough challenge from Belmontes,” said Vargas. “He’s a hungry prospect, but I won’t let him make his name off of me.”

“Vargas is a talented opponent and I know he’s hungry to win this fight, but I don’t think any fighter is hungrier than me now,” said Belmontes. “I want to end the year with a big win and start chasing down even bigger names in 2014.”

“We are thrilled that the Golden Boy Live! series is finishing 2013 featuring such great talent,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have provided a platform for us to showcase some of the best fighters out there and bring names such as Josesito Lopez to boxing fans on regular cable.”

Riverside, California’s Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KO’s) was long considered one of the local fight scene’s best-kept secrets, but after his stunning victories over former World Champion Victor Ortiz and Mike Dallas Jr., the rest of the boxing world found out just how good he was. A former junior middleweight world title challenger, the 29-year-old returned to welterweight in June and engaged in a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate against Marcos Maidana and on Dec. 13, he’s got Mike Arnaoutis to face in the ring as he aims for world championship gold in 2014.

A former USBA and NABO junior welterweight champion, who has stepped into the ring with the likes of Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia, former World Champion Victor Ortiz, Ricardo Torres and Delvin Rodriguez, the Queens, New York native “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KO’s), is a seasoned veteran with a slick and exciting style that keeps him competitive against anyone in the world. Undaunted by the task ahead of him, the 34-year-old Arnaoutis is excited for the opportunity to face Lopez this December and prove he has what it takes to face the best.

2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (17-0-1, 14 KO’s) has enjoyed an impressive run through the 130-pound weight class since turning pro in 2010, with 2013 wins over Ira Terry, Cristian Arrazola and Brandon Bennett putting him on the fast track to even bigger things next year. But first, the 28-year-old from Mexico City has to hold off a stiff challenge from Jerry Belmontes.

One of the most popular fighters representing Texas today, Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (18-2, 5 KO’s) has been nearly unstoppable in his home state, winning 12 of 13 bouts there. On December 13, the 24-year-old fights in California for the first time since 2009 and he plans on spoiling Vargas’ unbeaten record and taking two title belts back to the Lone Star State.

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