September 17 is shaping up to be a memorable night of boxing, with three additional marquee fights from two locations supporting the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez
Immediately preceding the main event, fast-rising phenom and WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) will take on Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gomez isn't at all intimidated by Canelo's recent successes, including an emphatic 12th round TKO of Ryan Rhodes in his last fight. "I know Canelo trains hard and he is not a champion for nothing, but I have experience and I will be the champion of the world," Gomez says. "I am going to ruin all of their plans. I am going to unleash this beast that is within me." Alvarez prefers to let his fists do the talking. "I don't like to talk too much, so I’ll keep it short," he said at a recent Los Angeles press conference. "Everyone here knows the Mexican saying 'a dog that barks, does not bite.' On September 17, Alfonso Gomez will know who Canelo is."
Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse
A legendary fighter and future Hall of Famer, "El Terrible" Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) continued his comeback after a three year layoff with a thrilling razor-thin majority decision loss to Marcos Maidana in a Fight of the Year candidate. Now he'll take on Maidana's equally hard-hitting countryman Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs). Morales will be fighting for his own legacy as well as that of his country's—September 17 is Mexican Independence Day. "I am going to train harder than ever to make the Mexican people proud and to be victorious on September 17." But don't expect Matthysse to roll over. "I cannot wait to get in the ring and fight Erik Morales," Matthysse says. "I will do anything and everything I can to walk away from this fight as a world champion."
Jessie Vargas vs. Josesito Lopez
Talented prospect Jessie Vargas (16-0, 9 KOs) turned a lot of heads with his performance against Walter Estrada on July 8. But Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs) plans to make a habit of derailing young fighters on the fast track, as he did against Mike Dallas Jr in January. "I haven’t lost a fight in over three years and I don't plan on losing this one," Lopez said at a Los Angeles press conference. "Jessie Vargas might be undefeated now, but he won't be after September 17.