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Golden Boy VP Defends Santa Cruz, Angulo PPV Bouts

by Edward Chaykovsky

The Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions, Eric Gomez, came out in defense of Saturday's Showtime Pay-Per-View co-feature, which is going to showcase Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15KOs) making a defense of his WBC super bantamweight title against Manuel Roman (17-2, 6KOs). The fight will be the final appetizer before Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Roman has no significant wins on his record and his only claim to fame is being the former sparring partner of Santa Cruz. Most fans, and writers, view the fight as a mismatch. But Gomez feels strongly that Roman deserves the opportunity.

There is also another bout receiving heat, which features Alfredo Angulo taking on James De La Rosa at a catch-weight of 162-pounds. De La Rosa is viewed as a massive underdog in the match.

"We're very excited about this undercard. It's customary for Golden Boy and Floyd Mayweather to put on exciting championship matchups with terrific fighters. We're very proud of this undercard," Gomez said.

"Alfredo Angulo is one of the most popular fighters in the sport. I would say that he might have the best fans in all of boxing. They always support him no matter what, and I'm sure they'll be out in full force Saturday night.

"A lot of people don't get the opportunity to fight for a world title. They're just waiting for that one opportunity. That's what happened for Manuel Roman, who is finally getting a chance for a world title. He's put in all the hard work and he's looking to take full advantage.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Teetotaler on 09-12-2014

The LSC fight is a mismatch but the angulo is OK considering this is the fight that will determine if he's shot or not

Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 09-12-2014

It doesn't matter if the card is stacked or not. Boxing fans will find some way to complain. I remember when they put Matthyse vs Garcia on Canelo vs Mayweather card and boxing fans still was complaining. Thats all most…

Comment by Lalaland on 09-12-2014

What the hell???

Comment by bojangles1987 on 09-12-2014

The problem is there are dozens upon dozens of fighters across two divisions who have done more to earn that one chance at a title. By that logic, you could defend a beltholder fighting some 1-49 fighter because "every fighter…

Comment by kombayn on 09-12-2014

I don't mind the Angulo fight, he's moving up in weight but he's not fighting a total bust but Santa Cruz vs. Roman is a disgrace, just look at the purses. Showtime didn't want to invest into a big undercard,…

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