(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) LAS VEGAS (Sept. 11, 2012) – All eight fighters participating in Saturday’s blockbuster Mexican Independence Day weekend world championship event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING arrived in grand fashion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Incredibly popular and undefeated superstar Canelo Alvarez will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez on Saturday, Sept. 15, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The four-fight, three world championship event also features WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former World Champion Marcos Maidana squaring off against perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass and Leo Santa Cruz defending his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight World Championship against former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel.
Below are two select quotes from Tuesday’s grand arrivals.
“Josesito earned the right to be here. I’m not underestimating him at all. I want to continue on this path, but I have to get through Josesito first.”
“I can’t say I don’t like being the underdog. It adds excitement to the fight and makes me want to pull off the upset that much more.”