Showtime's June 8 triple-header is now 100% official, as Marcos Maidana will meet Josesito Lopez in a welterweight main event at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., a main event that should provide plenty of action. Also on the card, Alfredo Angulo will face Erislandy Lara in a matchup of junior middleweight contenders, and Sakio Bika faces Marco Antonio Periban for the vacant WBC super middleweight title.
Oscar De La Hoya
"If you're a fan of action fights, there is no better card to see than this one on June 8th. All three high-stakes bouts have the potential to be the main event and the winners who walk out of the Home Depot Center with their hands raised will know they've been in a fight."
"Josesito Lopez is a tough challenge, but I'm ready for everything he will bring to the ring on June 8th. Beating him is the next step to getting a world title shot and I know I'll get the victory."
"I fight my best at home, and with the fans in my corner on June 8th, Maidana doesn't have a chance. He's going to push me hard from start to finish, but that's when I truly shine. I promise this will be a great fight for the fans."
"Lara is one of Cuba's greatest talents, but I'll have the California fans on my side and I'm determined to do whatever it takes to win. This is the most important fight of my career and I will perform like it when the bell rings."
"Angulo hits hard and is a tough fighter making this a classic boxer vs. puncher match up. I'm really excited for this fight. Come June 8th, I'm going to put on a boxing display and finally get the 'W' over a top fighter that has been taken from me in my past fights."
"I'm thankful to Golden Boy Promotions and the WBC for giving me this opportunity and I will make the most of it. Ever since I turned pro, my only goal was to win a world championship and on June 8th, Marco Antonio Periban won't be able to stop me from getting that belt."
Marco Antonio Periban
"I've trained hard, I've made many sacrifices and I feel that my time is now to become Mexico's next world champion. Sakio Bika will be my toughest challenge, but I have the skills, determination and heart to beat him. I'll beat him and become the first Mexican super middleweight world champion and make history for all of Mexico."
"Like all of our recent fights, the fight between Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez is a matchup in which there is no clear-cut favorite. You can make a legitimate argument for either fighter. Maidana is one of the most exciting fighters in any division, and he's facing an opponent, Josesito Lopez, who scored the biggest upset of 2012 and is now back in his most natural weight class."
"Top to bottom, this card is filled with fan-friendly, all-action fights. There is no question that Maidana vs. Lopez will be one of the most entertaining, hard-fought matchups of the year, and the Angulo-Lara and Bika-Periban are sure to be hotly contested and action-packed as well.''
Katie Pandolfo, Home Depot Center
"Outdoor boxing cards at The Home Depot Center's intimate 8,000-seat outdoor stadium continue to be annual highlights on the southern California sports calendar. With Golden Boy Promotions lining up this championship card, our fans are truly in for another great night of boxing."