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Wright/Hopkins Undercard: Katsidis, Larios and Linaris

12.07.07 - The "Coming To Fight" undercard combatants are clenching their fists in anticipation of their bouts on this summer's action-packed night of boxing that will crown three world champions including the winner of the Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Winky Wright, Saturday, July 21 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, live on HBO Pay-Per-View..

The main event for the Ring Magazine title is supported by two world championship bouts. WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Oscar "Chololo" Larios (59-5-1, 37 KO's) will face undefeated Venezuelan Jorge Linares (23-0, 14 KO's) for the WBC Interim Featherweight Championship in a bout that will mark the U.S. debut for the young, powerful Linares. The other explosive bout includes a WBO Interim World Lightweight Championship between the current Interim Champion undefeated Michael Katsidis (22-0, 20 KO's) , of Australia (also making his U.S. debut) against the aggressive Filipino Czar Amonsot (18-2-1, 10 KO's).

As the fight looms closer, we were able to find out the feelings of Larios, Linares and Katsidis, as they make final preparations for their respective training camps.

LARIOS

"This may be the biggest fight of my life because if I lose, it could be the end of my boxing career. I won't let him [ Linares] decide when I retire.

"He is a young fighter with a lot of hunger to win. I have paid by dues; I have faced the best, and now have little respect for the fighters who talk too much [ Linares]. It's one thing to talk about it, and another thing to actually do it."

LINARES

Although Linares has been accused of "talking too much," he admits that fighting Larios will not be easy.

"Honestly it will be difficult. He [Larios] is a very tough fighter with a lot of experience, and a former world champion but I know that I can compete with the older and more experienced fighters. This will be a good opportunity to show American fight fans my strength and ability in the ring. So many great champions have fought in Las Vegas, and now it is my turn to get on the stage."

KATSIDIS

"In my first time fighting in front of an American audience, I will show the fans who is the new hottest fighter in America.

"While training for a fight, I predict 12 tough rounds and that the fight will be the hardest one of my life. I always plan on going the distance and my trainer emphasizes on learning the ability to adapt to anything that may happen in the ring. I don't set predictions for a fight. I have respect for my opponent, but my experience and power will be too much for him [Amonsot]."

Hopkins vs. Wright "Coming to Fight" is for Hopkins' Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight belt and will take place Saturday, July 21 st at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Coming to Fight" is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Winky Promotions, and sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Tecate Beer and Rockstar Energy Drink.

The Hopkins vs. Wright pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, has a suggested retail price of $49.95, will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For your Hopkins vs. Wright fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.

Article posted on 13.07.2007



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