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Andrade's Showtime fight Dec. 13

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A few notes from around the boxing world:

• I wrote earlier this week that junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) was leaving HBO for Showtime for a December fight against one of the Charlo twins because his promoters, Artie Pelullo and Joe DeGuardia, could not come to an agreement for his next fight with HBO, which has televised his last two fights. The deal has not been announced yet, but according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal, Andrade will face Jermell Charlo (24-0, 11 KOs) on a Dec. 13 card at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. That means Showtime and HBO will have competing cards on the same night in the same city as HBO has a show -- likely a tripleheader -- topped by former welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. versus Diego Chaves down the Strip at The Cosmopolitan.

• The purse bid for junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia’s mandatory defense against Viktor Postol continues to be moved. First it was scheduled for Sept. 12 but delayed until Oct. 1. Then it was moved to Oct. 6, and now it has been moved yet again to Oct. 20. There are a lot of games being played right now for a fight that that seems unlikely to ever happen. Why the WBC continues to move the date is unclear because, from what I am told, there have not been any serious talks between the camps.

• It’s bad enough that the WBA has at least two titleholders in every weight classes and three in several of them, giving it a total of 41 titleholders in 17 divisions. At heavyweight the real champion is Wladimir Klitschko, but it also recognizes “regular” titleholder Ruslan Chagaev and interim titlist Luis Ortiz. Thankfully, there will soon be one less heavyweight titleholder, as Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) and Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) have been ordered to face each other in a mandatory bout. They have until Nov. 2 to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered.

• A second fight has been added to the HBO Latino telecast of the Oct. 18 (tape-delayed, 12:45 a.m. ET/PT) undercard fights from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. In addition to the previously announced return of Edwin Rodriguez against Azea Augustama in a move up to light heavyweight following a year off since a one-sided loss to Andre Ward, middleweights Marcos Reyes (32-1, 24 KOs) and Abie Han (22-1, 14 KOs) will clash in the 10-round opener. The fights are on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio/Nonito Donaire-Nicholas Walters doubleheader on HBO.
Demetrius Andrade, Brian Rose Ed Diller/Star BoxingJunior middleweight contender Demetrius Andrade, right, will have his next fight on Showtime.
Goodbye, HBO. Hello, Showtime.

Junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade, one of the most talented young titleholders in boxing, is making the move from one network to the other, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

It is unclear if the agreement is for multiple fights, but Andrade’s move comes just a couple of weeks after junior middleweight star Canelo Alvarez traded in his Showtime gear for an exclusive deal with HBO.

Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) will make his second title defense on Showtime on a date to be determined in December -- either the 6th or 13th -- and likely will face one of the Charlo twins, Jermall or Jermell, both 154-pound contenders. Which brother will get the shot has apparently not been determined.

Andrade, 26, of Providence, Rhode Island, has had his last two fights on HBO, winning his world title against Vanes Martirosyan in November and making his first defense in June, a seventh-round knockout of mandatory challenger Brian Rose, a fight in which Andrade looked spectacular against an overmatched opponent.

But with Andrade’s co-promoters Artie Pelullo and Joe DeGuardia -- neither of whom wanted to talk about the Showtime move -- unable to get anywhere on a fall date for Andrade on HBO (meaning a major difference of opinion on the money), they negotiated the deal with Showtime. HBO holds matching rights to Andrade’s next bout, but it has not pressed the issue and seemingly will allow Andrade to walk across the street without interfering.

Initially, the promoters and HBO explored the possibility of Andrade facing Matt Korobov for a vacant middleweight belt on the Dec. 13 Timothy Bradley Jr.-Diego Chaves undercard in Las Vegas. HBO liked the idea of Andrade moving up in weight to join the fray at 160 pounds, where it does a lot of fights. But when the money couldn’t be agreed on, Andrade’s camp decided he would remain at 154 pounds for the time being. With no significant fight in that weight class to be made, HBO’s interest waned. While HBO probably would have found a spot for him, even at junior middleweight, it was not in the same ballpark on the money.

HBO and Showtime both declined to comment.
Although light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is the star of the show on Saturday night, Showtime (9 ET/PT) and Showtime Extreme (7 ET/PT for preliminary bout coverage) will have a full night of action with five televised fights from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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Gene Blevins/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy PromotionsUnbeaten junior middleweight Jermell Charlo will face Charlie Ota on Saturday in Montreal.
In the main event, of course, Montreal's Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) defends the world title against Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) of Chicago in a long-planned fight that will take place on Showtime instead of HBO because Stevenson's handlers, adviser Al Haymon and promoter Yvon Michel, engineered his exit from HBO and a much-anticipated fall fight with titlist Sergey Kovalev (although they are all being sued over the Kovalev situation).

There are also two 10-rounders on the Showtime portion: Montreal middleweight puncher David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) against former title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs) of Salisbury, Md., and Houston junior middleweight Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) against Japan-based New Yorker Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs). Naturally, Haymon is involved in all three fights as he also works with Guerrero and Charlo.

There will also be a pair of scheduled 10-rounders on Showtime Extreme as junior middleweight Julian Williams (15-0-1, 9 KOs) of Philadelphia faces Michael Medina (26-4-2, 19 KOs), of Modesto, Calif., and Montreal light heavyweight Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (14-0, 8 KOs), a Colombia native, faces Alexander Johnson (15-1, 6 KOs), of Washington, D.C.

Originally, one of the undercard fights was to feature Russian light heavyweight prospect Artur Beterbiev (4-0, 4 KOs), now based in Montreal, facing the long-faded former super middleweight titlist Jeff Lacy (26-4, 19 KOs). However, Beterbiev broke a finger and the fight was canceled.

Jermell Charlo nearing title shot?

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Jermell Charlo and Francisco SantanaShowtimeJermell Charlo on Saturday's matchup with Gabriel Rosado: "I've waited for a big fight like this."

Jermell Charlo is one of boxing's top prospects, a 23-year-old junior middleweight from Houston who is on the verge of big things.

Gabriel Rosado, a 28-year-old from Philadelphia, is trying to stay relevant after a difficult 2013 in which he went 0-2 (in middleweight world title bouts) and had a no-contest, which was originally a Rosado decision loss before opponent J'Leon Love flunked a postfight drug test and the result was changed.

So it will be Charlo's desire to reach the next level up against Rosado's hunger to get back into the mix when they meet at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night (Showtime, 9 ET/PT) in the co-feature to junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson's defense against mandatory challenger Dierry Jean.

A big factor in Rosado's favor is that he is returning to 154 pounds after his lost year at 160, where, besides the no-contest with Love, he was stopped on cuts by Gennady Golovkin (in the seventh round) last January and by "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin (10th round) in October.

In 2012, Rosado emerged as a solid junior middleweight contender with impressive victories against Jesus Soto Karass, Sechew Powell and Charles Whittaker to earn a mandatory title shot. However, Rosado gave up his position and instead opted for more money and a bigger spotlight by challenging Golovkin. Now, he is returning to the division where he says he is most comfortable.

"I'm just excited for this opportunity at 154 to make a statement," Rosado said. "I kind of have unfinished business in this weight class, giving up my No. 1 ranking when I went up to fight GGG. So I'm just excited to go back down at 154. I think I'm going to be bigger and stronger, and I'm just ready for it."

Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs), however, said he has no regrets taking the shot at middleweight.

"It's funny how things play out. I think everything happens for a reason," Rosado said. "I really don't regret going up and giving up my No. 1 spot in the IBF. I think when I went to middleweight to fight GGG, I wasn't naturally a middleweight. I think I was still a small guy, and then I kind of grew into the middleweight division once I fought Kid Chocolate and I felt real comfortable at middleweight. But I could still make junior middleweight. I'm a big guy, but I could still make junior middleweight.

"So I don't regret it, man. I think everything happens for a reason. Even though I didn't get a win on my record for 2013, I won the fans over and the fans got my back and I'm getting a lot of support and they're backing me up. So in a way, it was a great year. I just plan to be a world champion in 2014."

A victory over Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs) could pave the way for Rosado to get a shot the same way a victory over Rosado could pave the way for Charlo to get one. Already, Jermell's twin brother and fellow prospect Jermall Charlo is scheduled to challenge junior middleweight titlist Carlos Molina on March 8 on the Showtime PPV undercard of Canelo Alvarez's fight with Alfredo Angulo.

"I would certainly think that the winner of this fight has a strong case and a strong possibility to fight for one of the world titles," said Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer, whose company promotes Charlo and Rosado. "The fact is that we are promoting most of the world champions at 154 within Golden Boy. So I think the winner of this fight definitely has a shot at one of the world titles. That's the idea. So there is much, much at stake. Both fighters know that, and I think that is one of the reasons why Gabriel Rosado decided to move down to 154 as well.

That is music to Charlo's ears.

"It's a great thing," Charlo said. "As of right now, my focus is on [Saturday], this win, and go from there. I've waited for a big fight like this against a top-level opponent, and now I've got it. Rosado is a rugged, tough fighter, and with a win over him I'll be making a statement to the boxing world that I'm ready for even bigger and better things.

"This is a great opportunity for me and Gabe. It's a good fight. It was well matched, and I appreciate Golden Boy for putting this fight on. This is my time. It's my season, and in order for me to do what I have to do and make noise or be the fighter that I need to be in boxing, I need to stand up and step out, and this is what this fight's going to do for me."

Jermell Charlo to headline TV card

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Just a few weeks after Jermall Charlo scored a knockout win in a nationally televised fight last Thursday, his twin brother and fellow junior middleweight Jermell Charlo (21-0, 10 KOs) will be in action against New York southpaw Jose Angel Rodriguez.

The fight headlines a “Golden Boy Live” card on Oct. 14 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

“Rodriguez is a tough veteran who has definitely fought quality opposition," said Houston’s Charlo, 23. “It's my job to make him look like an amateur and get him out of there. That's what I plan on doing on Oct. 14.”

For Rodriguez, the fight is a chance to derail one of boxing’s best junior middleweight prospects.

“This is a great opportunity,” Rodriguez said. “Now it's up to me to get the job done, and I'm more confident than ever that my hand will be raised.”

Rodriguez (17-2-1, 2 KOs), 34, has won two fights in a row and five of his last six, including a decision against former prospect Denis Douglin in January in his last bout.

June 8 fight undercards set

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There are two big fight cards on June 8.

A Showtime tripleheader from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., will be headlined by the welterweight clash between Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez, and also will feature two junior middleweight fights: Erislandy Lara against Alfredo Angulo, and prospect Jermell Charlo facing Demetrius Hopkins.

In an HBO doubleheader, Chad Dawson will defend the light heavyweight world championship against Adonis Stevenson in the main event at the Bell Centre in Montreal, and Yuriorkis Gamboa will move up to lightweight to take on Darley Perez in the co-feature.

Now both undercards have come together.

The Carson undercard includes a pair of fights that will air as part of Showtime Extreme's coverage of the preliminary bouts. Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai (22-0-1, 19 KOs) and Johan Perez (16-1-1, 12 KOs), a former interim junior welterweight titlist from Venezuela, will meet in a 10-round welterweight bout. This one could be action-packed. Also, heavyweight Gerald Washington (7-0, 5 KOs), a former USC football player, will meet journeyman Sherman Williams (35-12-2, 19 KOs).

Time permitting, junior featherweight Joseph Diaz (4-0, 2 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will also get TV time for his six-rounder against an opponent to be determined.

In other fights, junior lightweight prospect Ronny Rios (20-0, 9 KOs) will face veteran Leonilo Miranda (32-5, 30 KOs); lightweight Luis Ramos (23-1, 10 KOs) will face Fidel Maldonado (15-2, 12 KOs); lightweight Jamie Kavanagh (13-0-1, 5 KOs) will face Sergio Perez (27-14, 18 KOs); junior featherweight prospect Manuel Avila (11-0, 4 KOs) will meet Jamal Parram (6-7-1, 4 KOs) and bantamweight Edgar Valero (2-0, 2 KOs) will take on David Reyes (2-3-1).

In Montreal, lightweight prospect Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (12-0, 8 KOs), a 2008 Puerto Rico Olympian, will face an opponent to be determined. The bout will air on HBO Latino, which will begin televising undercard bouts from some HBO cards, similar to what Showtime Extreme does for Showtime bouts. The big difference, though: HBO Latino telecasts will be broadcast in Spanish.

Among the other undercard fights, light heavyweight prospect Eleider Alvarez (12-0, 8 KOs) will face former super middleweight contender Allan Green (32-4-0, 22 KOs), who was a washout as an alternate in the Super Six World Boxing Classic; Montreal middleweight David Lemieux (28-2, 27 KOs), one of boxing's biggest punchers, will meet Robert Swierzbinski (11-1-0, 3 KOs); and unbeaten heavyweights Didier Bence (8-0, 2 KOs) and Eric Barrack (7-0, 6 KOs) will square off.
Marcos Maidana, Josesito Lopez, Erislandy Lara & Alfredo AnguloGene Blevins/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy PromotionsFight fans can expect action and drama during Golden Boy's tripleheader on June 8 in Carson, Calif.
There have been a lot of good fight cards over the past couple of months and there are more to come. One of the shows I like the best, even though it won't get as much attention as some of the others, is Golden Boy's tripleheader on June 8.

That Showtime card (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) -- which takes place at one of boxing's best venues, the outdoor Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. -- is headlined by slugger Marcos Maidana (33-3, 30 KOs) of Argentina against Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) of Riverside, Calif., in a welterweight scrap. How can that not be a good fight?

In the co-feature, junior middleweight contenders Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs), the slick boxer from Houston by way of Cuba, and Mexican brawler/puncher Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) square off. And in the opener, a serious crossroads fight, Houston hot prospect Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs) -- who I think highly of -- faces veteran (and Bernard Hopkins' nephew) Demetrius Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia in a junior middleweight contest.

The fighters in the top two bouts, along with Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya, met the media this week in Los Angeles to kick off the promotion. Here's some of what they had to say about the fights:

• Maidana: "I know [Lopez] 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, Calif., 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."

• Lopez: "When you're fighting a heavy puncher like Maidana, you have to be smart. The move up to 154 pounds [for a loss to Canelo Alvarez in September] helped me now that I'm back at 147. Now I feel I'm a true welterweight. I feel great in the gym -- stronger and faster.

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

• Angulo: "This is my third fight after my time off [because of immigration issues] and conditioning-wise I'm feeling like my old self, feeling like I used to feel. There's no doubt I'll be in better condition than I was for my last two fights. There was just too much time off. Now, I'm in a rhythm.

"It's going to be a very good fight, the bull versus the matador. I have a lot of respect for Lara. He's a really good fighter and he wants to show he's the best, but he's going to have to come out and fight. He may think he's just going to box, but he's going to fight."

• Lara: "There's always a lot at stake when I fight, so I know I can't look ahead or take Angulo for granted. He is my total focus now. After I win on June 8, I can start thinking about a world title shot again. Angulo is a good fighter. I give him a lot of credit. He always comes to fight. I've worked very hard and am preparing for the best Angulo possible.

"The fact that I'm favored to win means nothing. Once the bell rings, it doesn't matter what the odds are. It's what you do in the ring that counts. Style-wise this is a perfect fight for me because Angulo likes to come forward. It's the classic boxer versus the puncher. I expect to put on a boxing clinic, so you can expect a smart fight from me.

"Obviously, the most important thing is for me to win, but I want to put on a great show for all the fans."

• De La Hoya: "We should have called this 'High Stakes' because you have the welterweight division where you have Floyd Mayweather. The winner between Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez automatically puts himself in line and at the front door knocking to fight the very best.

"What's most exciting for Alfredo Angulo's team is that he's just now putting everything together and really learning the craft of boxing under [trainer] Virgil Hunter. It's going to be very exciting to see him fight such an incredible fighter like Erislandy Lara."

Bundrage-Smith predictions

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K9 BundrageTom Casino/ShowtimeCornelius "K9" Bundrage may have the edge if Saturday's fight with Ishe Smith turns into a brawl.

Junior middleweight titlist Cornelius "K9" Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) will defend his title in his hometown of Detroit at the Masonic Temple Theatre against Las Vegas' Ishe Smith (24-5, 11 KOs) on Saturday night (Showtime, 9 ET/PT).

A number of fighters are interested in facing the winner, including titleholder Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs), who would like to unify belts with the victor; contender Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs); looming mandatory challenger Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs); and up-and-comer Jermell Charlo (20-0, 10 KOs).

So how do they see the fight unfolding? Showtime gathered their predictions:

Trout: "I think this is going to be a good old-fashioned brawl. Ishe has more technical skills than 'K9,' but he still likes to bang it out. I really don't know who to pick, but it will be a good fight between two guys who are both kind of inactive, up in age and evenly matched. I'll be tuned in and watching, but I have no personal interest in who wins. I respect both fighters; they are men of God. I'll respect the winner even more if he's willing to unify the belts. If one guy has an edge, I think it's probably Ishe more than 'K9.' But good luck to whoever wins, and let's unify."

Angulo: "I'll be watching because these are two important fighters in my weight class in a world title fight. One of them [Bundrage] holds the IBF title, and the other might be the new titleholder. The outcome could affect my career, so it's important for me to watch this fight. As for picking a winner, I don't have a preference either way. Both are talented, yet have contrasting and distinct styles. One is more of a technical fighter [Smith], the other is a brawler [Bundrage], so it should make for a very interesting fight. I think a lot will depend on Ishe's condition and if he can handle the pressure, because K9 throws punches with a lot of power and a lot of fighters can't handle that."

Molina: "I plan on attending the fight and look forward to watching. I'm the mandatory challenger in the IBF for whoever wins, so I'm hoping to be fighting the winner. Really, I just want my first world title shot. It's what I've worked for my whole career. It doesn't matter to me who wins as long as there's no controversy. I wish them both the best. They're both good people. Ishe said I deserve the title shot and he would fight me next if he wins. 'K9' has not been as committal. Still, this is a tough fight to predict. Smith is a good boxer, and I expect he'll be boxing more and using his defense. 'K9' is a slugger whose style is to be aggressive, go right after Smith and try to land something early. If Ishe is more aggressive, he can win a decision."

Charlo: "There will be a lot of competent fighters in this weight class who'll have their eyes glued to the TV for this one. The main reason I'll be watching is to see who will win. I'm anxious to see if Ishe actually made the changes to his style and, if so, if they made him better. I suppose I'm rooting for Ishe because 'K9' turned me down for a fight before, after I thought it was a 95-percent done deal. If he wins I'm pretty sure he'd turn me down again. Ishe is a guy with a lot of heart who comes to fight. Who knows whether, if he won the title, that he would fight me, but I'd be willing. As for a flat-out prediction, I see it going either way but have a feeling someone's going to get caught with a good shot. At his age and the route he's been going, I can see Bundrage winning if it goes the distance. But I see Ishe, who doesn't get knocked out and is more of a boxer than 'K9,' coming along. It's very possible he can win by KO. My pick is Ishe by KO, but Bundrage if it goes the distance."

Golden Boy busy with updates

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Golden Boy has a slew of shows coming in the next few months and has been getting things in order. Here are a few updates from CEO Richard Schaefer:

• Super middleweight contender Sakio Bika (30-5-2, 21 KOs) has been added to the Feb. 16 Adrien Broner-Gavin Rees undercard in Atlantic City, N.J. Although the bout is not slated to be part of the HBO telecast, which also features a rematch between heavyweights Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell, Bika will face Nikola Sjekloca (25-0, 7 KOs). Schaefer said that with champion Andre Ward out of action for several months because of shoulder surgery, Bika-Sjekloca would be for an interim title, with HBO possibly showing highlights of the fight.

Schaefer also said that junior lightweight Vicente Escobedo (26-4, 15 KOs) will be on the card. He has not fought since being wiped out by Broner in July. That was the fight where Escobedo was supposed to challenge for Broner's junior lightweight belt but Broner came in overweight and was stripped. Escobedo was eligible to win the vacant title but was blown away by Broner in the fifth round.

• The Feb. 23 Showtime card headlined by welterweight titlist Devon Alexander against Kell Brook, along with junior middleweight titlist Cornelius "K9" Bundrage facing Ishe Smith, will be hosted by the MGM Grand Detroit and take place at the Masonic Temple Theater in downtown Detroit.

• Junior middleweight prospect Jermell Charlo (19-0, 9 KOs) has an opponent for his opening bout on the Jan. 26 Showtime card at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas -- Harry Joe Yorgey (25-1-1, 12 KOs), a 35-year-old best known for being crushed in a third-round knockout by Alfredo Angulo in 2009. Interim junior welterweight titlist Lucas Matthysse headlines the card against Michael Dallas Jr. with welterweights Selcuk Aydin and Jesus Soto Karass squaring off in the co-feature.

• The March 2 Showtime tripleheader -- featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce De Leon defending against Jayson Velez, Richard Abril facing Sharif Bogere for a vacant lightweight belt and featherweight Gary Russell Jr. facing an opponent to be determined -- will take place at the famed Apollo Theater in New York.

• Welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (14-0, 11 KOs), 20, getting back on track after outside-the-ring issues kept him out of action for most of 2012, will face Lanard Lane (13-2, 8 KOs) in the main event of a Fox Deportes/Fox Sports Net card on Feb. 2 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Junior featherweight Joseph Diaz (1-0), a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will have his second pro bout on the telecast.

Charlo, Figueroa go Extreme

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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.

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