Advertisement
Advertisement

Maidana on Lopez: My Plan is To Pressure, Go Toe To Toe

Marcos Maidana has promised to go to war with Josesito Lopez when the pair clash in California on June 8. The welterweight duo meet in a fight that could see the winner once again battling for world title honours.

Former light-welterweight champion Maidana was all at sea against Devon Alexander on his first appearance in the higher weight class, but has now settled down at 147lb with two stoppage wins since. And he is looking to re-establish himself as an elite-level fighter with a big performance against Lopez, who stunned Victor Ortiz almost 12 months ago.

"I know Josesito is a great fighter," said Maidana, who suffered a narrow loss to Amir Khan three years ago. "I know he likes to stand and trade and fight. That's what I do and that's why it's going to be such an exciting fight.

"My plan is to go toe-to-toe. I don't know what Josesito is going to do, but that's what I plan to do. Pressure is the key to the fight.

"I'm feeling great. I've been in Oxnard, California for over a month already. I love training there. The weather is great and it's where my coach (Robert Garcia) is. It's going to be a great fight and I'm going to defend the honor of Argentina.

"The 147-pound division is where I feel best. I didn't feel that way at 140. Now I'm free and I can eat more. My body is different and you can see the definition."
Banger

Lopez, coming into the fight on the back of a loss to the much-bigger Saul Alvarez, believes he can utilise his skills to pull off the win.

"I'm so excited about this fight and I'm the one receiving the punches. I can only imagine how excited the fans are," he said.

"Years ago before I was at this level I thought, 'Man, this would be an exciting fight. I would love to get in there and bang with him.' Now we're here. It's a hell of a match-up. It could be the fight of the year.

"This is a fight I have to win. It's a fight that keeps me on the map. This is where I want to be and I'm working my ass off.

"He's a strong puncher and I like to think I have a little punch myself. In the ring I just have to be smart whether it's defense on the inside or boxing on the outside. I have to be the smarter fighter and whatever works that's what I'm going to have to do.

"We have to be smart and shoot our jab. We have to pick our spots and not let him. He's an inside fighter and he likes to bang. Well, I like to bang too. I've got to be in a position where I want to be, not where he wants me to be."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 05-15-2013

After the fight "He ran baby" " he promised me toe to toe...

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=killacash;13373433]Wasn't a Knock out but a stoppage. Gabriel Rosado stopped him as well before that fight, dominated him from beginning to end. I'll still give it to Maidana for setting up that beautiful knockdown. Still Karass could of still continued.…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=Body Movin';13373424]i kind of doubt that will happen cause lopez is a tough guy. victor couldn't break him down and alvarez is a chunky dude with middleweight power.[/QUOTE] You could be right, but Maidana does have an epic punch. Yes,…

Comment by Body Movin' on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=killacash;13373433] [/QUOTE] vicious ****ing punch at 1:44 dude looked like he was busting through a brick wall.

Comment by Suavecito80 on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=killacash;13373433]Wasn't a Knock out but a stoppage. Gabriel Rosado stopped him as well before that fight, dominated him from beginning to end. I'll still give it to Maidana for setting up that beautiful knockdown. Still Karass could of still continued.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (25)
Top Headlines Jack Asis Calls it a Day, Decides To Retire From Boxing Cuadras: Chocolatito is Too Small, I Will Get The Job Done Don King: Povetkin-Stiverne Can Go To Russia, Putin is My Friend Sugar Ray Leonard on What Brook Needs To Shock Golovkin Juanma Calls Vazquez a Clown, Reveals Details of Catch-Weight Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Canelo, Khan, Golovkin-Brook, More Sergio Mora: That Was No Knockdown vs. Jacobs; Was All My Ankle Video: Kell Brook Glowing With Confidence as Golovkin Nears Joshua-Pulev, Parker-Price, Whyte-Chisora Triple on 11/26? Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Joshua's Return, DeGale, Jack, Smith Amir Khan: I Want The Danny Garcia Fight, I Want Him in May Malignaggi vs. El Mousaoui in Line For EBU Clash, Bundu Stripped Brook: I've Faced Death, Golovkin is Fun - I'll Rip Into Him! Canelo: When My Body is Ready, I'll Take on Anyone and Everyone Tyrone Brunson vs. Ismael Garcia Tops 10/14 Card in Philly Joseph Diaz Jr. Feels He’s Close to a Title Shot After Cancio Fight Joseph Parker's Handlers Interested in Facing David Price Next Daniel Jacobs Wants To ‘Hurt’ Sergio Mora, ‘Shut That Trap Of His’ Canelo: Golovkin-Brook? GGG Should Have Shut His Mouth! Joseph Parker's Coach Discusses Strategy For Dimitrenko Clash Clearing The Deck For The Fall: BoxingScene Ratings Update Golovkin Ready To Jump Right Back To The UK For Saunders Fight Gamache Warns Not To Underestimate Svensson in Lauren Bout Chisora To Whyte: Let's Do It and I'll Whoop Your Ass - It's Easy! Canelo Jabs Critics: Nobody Will Pressure Me Into Golovkin Fight! Chocolatito To Finish With 113 Rounds of Sparring For Cuadras Imminent Big Fights Prompt 2017 Wish List Canelo Smiles: Lara Calling Out GGG, Golovkin Won't Fight Him! Danny Roman Hopes To Continue Raising His Competition Joseph Parker's Younger Brother To Make Pro Debut on October 1 David Lemieux Had Surgery To Repair a Torn Meniscus Jean-Claude Van Damme Wants Mayweather-Pacquiao II Eric Molina: If No David Price - Bring on David Haye Showdown! Del Valle Provides a Tough Litmus Test For De La Hoya, Team Says Canelo: I'm Making History - Golovkin is Older and Fought Nobody! Rosado, Monroe Exchange Harsh Words Ahead of Sept. 17 Fight Ray Edwards, Former NFL Veteran, Inks Boxing Promotional Pact Rosado-Monroe Winner Could Get Canelo Next, Says Golden Boy VP Diego De La Hoya: Just Having The Last Name is Not Enough Jermall Charlo is NOT Yet on Board For Julian Williams Defense
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement