Mexican superstar and WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarezgreets the crowd during a workout at the MGM Grand hotel lobby on Wednesday. Canelo will defend his title against breakout star Josesito Lopez in Saturday’s main event of “Knockout Kings.”
Canelo Alvarez.jpg – The crowd at Wednesday’s workout in the MGM Grand hotel lobby cheered on 22-year-old Canelo, a sensation in his home country of Mexico, where his fights have garnered higher TV ratings than the national soccer team.
Canelo and Oscar.jpg – Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya pose for a photo in a ring in the center of the MGM Grand hotel lobby, just steps away from Canelo’s Saturday blockbuster showdown against breakout star Josesito Lopez.
Josesito_Lopez 1.jpg – The 28-year-old Lopez, of Riverside, Calif., registered the Upset of the Year when he knocked out Victor Ortiz last June 23 on SHOWTIME. The rising star is looking to earn another big win over the undefeated Canelo on Saturday, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT)
Josesito_Lopez 2.jpg – Canelo and Lopez will headline a four-fight, three world championship event that 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 IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel.
Canelo_Fans.jpg – Excited fans react to the arrival of Canelo during Wednesday’s workout. Saturday’s Quadruple-header features eight fighters with a combined record of 288-16-5 with 206 KO’s and a knockout percentage of more than 70 percent.
ABOUT “KNOCKOUT KINGS”:
“Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools, AT&T and O’Reilly Auto Parts. In the co-featured attractions, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in fight presented in association with Promociones Del Pueblo, former World Champion Marcos Maidana faces perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title presented in association with Universum Box-Promotion and Leo Santa Cruz defends his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel. The Saturday, Sept. 15 quadruple-header, packed with Mexican pride and power, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
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