Thursday, June 21, 2012
Charlo, Figueroa go Extreme
By Dan Rafael
Welterweights Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez will square off in the main event, with junior welterweights Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse going at it in the co-feature, on Saturday night (Showtime, 9 ET/PT) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. But additionally, at least two preliminary bouts will air on Showtime Extreme, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Junior middleweight prospects Jermell Charlo (17-0, 8 KOs) of Houston and Denis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) of Marlboro, N.J., will meet in a scheduled 10-round fight, while junior welterweight prospect Omar Figueroa (17-0-1, 14 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas will face Mexico's Alain Hernandez (18-10-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Charlo, just 22, looked very impressive in his most recent fight. He knocked out Chris Chatman in the third round in an explosive performance on the Danny Garcia-Erik Morales undercard on March 24 in Houston.
Douglin, 24 -- known as "Momma's Boy" because his mother, Saphya, is his trainer -- is 2-0 since an upset loss to Doel Carrasquillo in February 2011.
Figueroa, 22, is an exciting, offensive-minded fighter who needs to polish his defense. He has been awfully busy, though. This will be his fifth fight in 2012.
On paper, Hernandez, 33, looks like an easy mark. He has lost three fights in a row, all by knockout, including to lightweight prospect Darley Perez and former lightweight titlist Paul Spadafora (whose power has always been very limited).
Time permitting, Showtime Extreme will also air a four-round featherweight bout between Los Angeles' Julian Ramirez (2-0, 2 KOs), the nephew of the late former junior lightweight champion Genaro Hernandez, against Israel Navarrete (6-4, 1 KO) of Santa Ana, Calif.