Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and Michael “The Artist” Perez hosted a Los Angeles media work out on Wednesday, June 17 at the famed Westside Boxing Club ahead of their respective bouts on Saturday, July 11 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and televised live on HBO Latino Boxing.
They were joined by 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr., who will be opening up the HBO Latino telecast and Los Angeles based fighters on the non-televised undercard: Irish sensation Jason Quigley, Los Angeles fan favorites Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez, Ivan Jesus Delgado, Nick Arce and newcomer Angel Bojado.
Herrera is set to face former titlist “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy in a 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight Title, and Perez will face Sharif “The Lion” Bogere in the co-main event for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title in a 10-round match presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing. Opening up the HBO Latino Boxing telecast on July 11, Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. will face former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado of Managua, Nicaragua in a 10-round featherweight bout.
Below is what the fighters had to say at the June 17 Los Angeles media workout:
MAURICIO HERRERA, Former Interim WBA Super Lightweight Champion:
“It’s been a long camp so I’m excited to make a statement and finally let loose.
“I will fight anyone in the division, and welcome the most competitive fights. On July 11, it’s about who is the smarter and hungrier fighter.”
MICHAEL PEREZ, Lightweight Contender:
“I’m very excited. I can’t wait to take advantage of the great opportunity to fight on a big stage on July 11 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. It should be a great fight!”
JOSEPH DIAZ, JR., Featherweight Prospect:
“I feel great! It has been a great camp working with my father and I feel very prepared. I’ve been working on my punches, sitting down on my power shots and I feel good!
“My opponent has a lot of experience so I know I have to be cautious and fight smart but feel confident in my power. It’s going to be a great fight July 11.”
JASON QUIGLEY, Super Middleweight Prospect:
“Fighting in the L. A. Memorial Sports Arena is a great opportunity and I’m hoping to get the crowd behind me! I’m looking to put on a great fight for all the fans.”
CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ, Super Featherweight Prospect:
“After fighting on June 4 at LA Fight Club, I got some rest and now I’m ready to get back to work.
“My goal is to be a world champ by 21 like my brother was so I’m extremely motivated to put on a great fight July 11 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.”
JESUS DELGADO, Super Featherweight Prospect:
“This fight is so important to me. My trainer who I’ve had since I was a kid passed away recently after a three-month coma, so I’m dedicating this fight to him.
“I feel strong coming down in weight from 135-130 lbs. and come July 11, it will show.”
NICK ARCE, Featherweight Prospect:
“It’s great to be fighting at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena July 11, and I’m excited to put on a show. It feels great to have all the local support behind me.”
ANGEL BOJADO, Super Welterweight Prospect:
“I’m excited to finally get the gloves on. My brother (pro fighter as well) has been so helpful and supportive as I go through this experience. He motivates me to work as hard as I do, and on July 11,I’m excited to show my skill and all the hard work.”
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