Forget the scorecards: Maidana vs Lopez Review

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By Rudy Mondragon 

In an action packed fight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Marcos R Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) defeated the hometown favorite Josesito Lopez (30-6, 10 KOs). I wouldn’t say this is a fight of the year candidate as it ended a bit early and I would have liked to see more action. Nonetheless, these two fighters left it all in the ring and gave the fans what they wanted: The Blood Money Boxing Experience!

The first round saw both fighters exchanging and sizing each other up. It was the brawlers way of having a “study round.” Wasn’t quiet as a study room would be, but loud with multiple leather exchanges. Round 2 was a Maidana round as he put his newly developed jab to work and made his power shots count. Lopez came back in rounds 3 and 4 executing spectacular timing. At moments, I thought Lopez could not miss and that he had figured out a way to fight Maidana and sustain it for 12 rounds. Lopez fired the crowed up as well after taking a couple of shots from Maidana. He signaled to the crowed as if he was not hurt and wanted more. He then went on to execute his timing and connect some accurate head shots on Maidana.

Round 4 was a survivor round for Maidana where he showed great intelligence. Maidana took a mean body shot from Lopez. Flashing back to his fight against Khan, Maidana continued to fight toe to toe and went down a couple of times as a result. History didn’t repeat itself this time however. Rather than brawling and going toe to toe, Maidana smartly clinched and slowed the action.

Round 5 was a game changer. Maidana hurt Lopez on the ropes and this energized him. Rather than holding or slowing down the action, Lopez tried to fight his way out of it and brawled with Maidana. This fit perfectly into Maidana’s style. In round 6 came a massive right hand that put Lopez down. His knees buckled and he took a knee. Not fully recovered, Maidana went on attack mode and recognized that this was the time to finish off his opponent. Maidana did not throw wildly. He connected 3 solid punches that pushed Lopez back to the ropes forcing Lou Moret to step in. Maidana scored a TKO win in the 6 despite being down on the cards:

| judge: Carla Caiz 47-48 | judge: Jerry Cantu 47-48 | judge: Max DeLuca 48-47

Lopez demonstrated great heart and courage. He was fighting to win and he was fighting for the many fans that packed a record breaking house in Carson. With two loses in a row, Lopez is in need of a victory in his next fight. No title shot opportunity any time soon for him at this point. Maidana will continue to move forward in his career. There are many match ups that would be great for him. Many say he should fight fellow countrymen, Lucas Mattyhsse. I would like to see a rematch between him and Devon Alexander. This was Maidana’s first fight at 147 lbs and it was before he started working with Robert Garcia.

Maidana vs. Lopez Preview

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By Rudy Mondragón

This is an interesting match up that has the potential to be a very entertaining fight worth watching. You have Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) who can box and at the same time brawl with his opponent. He is better suited to fight at the light welterweight division, but fighting tomorrow at the 147 lbs limit won’t be a bad thing for him. As long as he stays away from the middleweights in the future… Marcos Maidana’s (33-3, 30 KOs) knock out record speaks for itself. The cat can knock people out! He is a wild puncher who packs every punch with bad intentions. He destroyed Victor Ortiz and made him say “no mas” and almost finished off Amir Khan before Maidana punched himself out. Since he started training with Robert Garcia, I want to say that Maidana has improved his technical boxing skills and is working more on his defense. This may or may not be a factor tomorrow night.

Although many will not watch this fight and maybe only check ESPN late Saturday evening to see who won, I would nonetheless recommend tuning in. Josesito will need to box early and counter effectively on wild, missed Maidana punches. This will frustrate Maidana and force him to open up more and head hunt. If Josesito can stay composed and stick to a technical boxing game plan, then I can see Josesito winning a majority decision with his team biting off their finger nails the entire time. For Maidana to win, he will need to not punch himself out, not head hunt, be more mindful of his punches, and use his jab to set up heat shots and mix it up with body blows. He has a great corner, if he listens to Robert and keeps the fight close in the early rounds, I can see Maidana winning via TKO.

My prediction for this fight is an entertaining first 5 rounds. Josesito will try to box and keep some distance away from Maidana, but Maidana will pressure and connect with hard shots upstairs and down. This will force Josesito to engage in a brawl with Maidana in the middle of each round. This will gas Josesito and Maidana will enter rounds 6-8 ready to put his rival away. One thing these two have in common is that they both made Victor Ortiz quit. The only difference was that Maidana hurt Victor to the point that he wanted no more punishment. Josesito broke Victor’s jaw, forcing him to quit because he could not continue for health reasons (debatable as other fighters have continued with broken jaws). I say that because it says a lot about Maidana. He may go the distance, but most of the time he will lose because he tries so hard to finish off his opponents before the final bell. Had Ortiz and Josesito continued fighting, I think Victor would have pulled off the win. For this fight, I see Maidana fighting until he takes his man out. Marcos Rene Maidana will be victorias in 9 rounds via TKO because he will break his man down and pressure him the entire night.