Spotlight on Mayweather-Mosley undercard
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Before Mayweather and Mosley settle their differences in what is considered one of the biggest fights of the decade, Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions offer a series of undercard bouts in hopes of captivating boxing fans and building the next star.
The co-featured bout on May 1st will pit welterweight Saul Alvarez - who Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer coins as “The Mexican James Dean” – against Jose Miguel Cotto who is the older brother of Miguel. Alvarez currently sports a 31-0-1 record with 23 Knockouts and is well on his way to becoming a star at 19-years-old. His boyish looks, red hair and exceptional boxing talent make him one to watch. Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs) is looking to step out of the shadow of his younger brother with what he believes will be a stellar performance on Saturday. What Mayweather and Mosley lacked in verbal sparring during yesterday’s presser was made up for at Thursday’s undercard press conference.
“I trained very hard for this fight,” Cotto said. “I will prevail on May 1st and will have a big win. I’m not fighting in my (natural) weight class. I accepted to fight and will fight at his weight. I hope that he comes in the same condition of me. I can’t wait until Saturday.”
Though Cotto was reserved in his comments, his trainer Joe Santiago made it a point to say that Cotto would not be a stepping stone for Alvarez.
“He came not to be a stepping stone for no one,” Santiago said. “He came to have a great fight and get a great win. He has a great opponent to show the world that he’s one of the best and belongs to the big league of boxing. With all due respect to Golden Boy, they chose the wrong opponent to showcase their next big boxing star. I hope that Richard Schaefer doesn’t lose his job.”
Not to be outdone, Alvarez’ trainer Jose Reynoso made it clear that Cotto wasn’t in the same league as Alvarez.
“To make it to the big leagues you have to fight tough opponents,” Reynoso said. “Obviously this is a very good fight. We’re not worried. We’re going to help Richard keep his job. The only thing that Jose has good is his last name. It’s better for him to remain in the corner and we’ll make sure of that on Saturday night.”
Regardless of the verbal sparring between trainers, Alvarez chose to keep things cordial.
“I have a lot of respect for my rival but obviously like every fight I’m here to win,” Alvarez stated.
Elsewhere on the card, Daniel Ponce De Leon (38-2, 32 KOs) will take on the Roger Mayweather trained Cornelius Lock (19-4-1, 12 KOs) for the WBC Latino Featherweight title. Lock is on a three fight winning streak while Ponce De Leon has bounced back from his 1st round KO loss to Juan Manuel Lopez with four straight wins of his own.
Rounding out the televised portion of the card will be Hector Saldivia (31-1, 24 KOs) taking on Said Ouali (26-3, 18 KOs) in ten round welterweight action.
As a special treat for those that will make a last minute decision whether or not to purchase the PPV, Richard Schaefer announced that there will be two bouts aired for free before the event goes live.
Young prospect Jessie Vargas (9-0, 4 KOs) will fight Arturo Morua (25-13-1, 14 KOs) in an 8 round Jr. welterweight bout and Elroy Perez (16-0-2, 4 KOs) will defend his NABO Jr. lightweight crown against Mexico’s Gilberto Leon (23-7-2, 7 KOs).
The other undercards include Dion Savage (7-0, 5 KOs) facing Philadelphia’s Tommie Speller (5-3, 3 KOs) and Luis Ramos (14-0, 7 KOs) taking on Allen Litzau (13-4, 7 KOs) who is the older brother of Jason Litzau.