Santa Cruz is challenging for the WBC junior featherweight title while Mares currently holds the WBC featherweight crown. Just looking ahead, you could see Mares-Santa Cruz doing big business in Los Angeles sometime next year.
This card in August figures to be an entertaining night. On June 8th, a packed house saw a good night of action at this venue in Carson, California featuring the likes of Marcos Maidana, Josesito Lopez, Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo. For this upcoming card, Schaefer says, “We’re going to have it priced the same way we had the last one. I anticipate a sell-out.”
He added, “These are the kind of fights people want to see. These are gonna be great fights.”
Moving ahead to September 7th, there is still no official word on the junior welterweight title showdown between Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia.
“I’m still working on it and I don’t have anything to confirm yet,” said Schaefer. “I feel confident it will get done.” As for the proposed bout between Zab Judah and Lamont Peterson leading off the card (which Schaefer brought up in the immediate aftermath on May 18th when “The Machine” stopped Peterson in three rounds in Atlantic City), Schaefer admitted, “I don’t think they’re that excited about getting that fight done, so we’ll see what’s going to be the co-feature.”
As for a possible venue for Garcia-Matthysse (should it come to fruition), Schaefer threw a bit of a curveball.
“I’m looking at different possibilities; one of them could be Dodgers Stadium,” he stated.
This is intriguing for sure but on that very same date, Top Rank and HBO are planning to stage a card just a few miles down the street at Staples Center featuring the return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
But Schaefer said defiantly, “I can’t worry about what other people do. We are the leader in boxing and as such, you work from a leadership position.”
Yeah, folks, this “Cold War” is only getting more frigid.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the street at Top Rank, Bob Arum is making plans for Mikey Garcia and Terence Crawford, who scored big victories this past weekend in Dallas and did solid ratings on HBO.
“With Garcia, we’re going to look to make him a title fight at 130 with Rocky Martinez and Terence Crawford, HBO wants him back as soon as possible and we’re exploring options. [Yuriorkis] Gamboa’s been mentioned, a couple of other guys,” said the veteran promoter, who’s on the verge of making another lightweight title bout for one of his other clients. “I met with the promoter of Ricky Burns (who holds the WBO title), Eddie Hearn, just awhile ago and Burns is going to fight Ray Beltran on September 7th in England and then the winner will fight Terence Crawford on the Saturday the week before the Super Bowl.”
(Hearn said via Twitter that the deal for a Burns-Beltran fight was not finalized but very close.)
Crawford, who hails from the “Cornhusker State” of Nebraska, actually brought a busload and a caravan of supporters from Omaha, which didn’t go unnoticed by Arum, who says, “We have unbelievable plans for Terence Crawford. My goal is that if he ultimately wins his next two fights - which includes a title fight - then to have him come to Omaha, Nebraska, and there’s a beautiful arena in Omaha and have him do a title defense there. The whole city would be behind him.”
Middleweight Matt Korobov, who came out of the amateurs with a vaunted record and prestigious credentials, has been, for the most part, a bust with Top Rank. But at the American Airlines Center, he improved to 20-0 (12) with an eye-opening third round stoppage of the normally durable Ossie Duran.
“[Korobov] has so underperformed with what his ability is but I think now with his new trainer, it seems like he’s really waking up and is going to be a top, top fighter. The guy that we’re looking at is ultimately Gennady Golovkin,” said Arum. Korobov is now scheduled to be on that September 7th card at the Staples Center. It’s not clear if he will be part of the HBO telecast.
“Korobov will definitely be on the show, whether that will be part of a tripleheader. I don’t know. That remains to be seen but Korobov is definitely fighting September 7th.”
This could be the highest grossing pay-per-view card since the 2007 match-up between Mayweather and Oscar De la Hoya, which set records with 2.4 million buys.
So how will this stack up?
“I can tell you; having talked to sponsors, having talked with Joe Galardi from the closed-circuit rights, having finalized the scaling, I can assure you that just from those partners, whatever it means, the financial commitment they’re putting forward is - not just a little bit - but substantially bigger than what we had for De la Hoya and Mayweather.”
He added, “The ticket requests were having are insane. The businesses are calling, who want to use the fight to entertain their customers. I just had today, Rob Gaspari (who handles tickets for Golden Boy) had a local jeweler call for $80,000 worth of tickets to buy. Nobody is looking for freebies and when you have celebrities call and they’re not looking for freebies, they’re willing to pay, you know you have a hot ticket.”
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