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Story in Many Pics: Championship Boxing Returns to Haskins Center

Saturday night was alright for a fight (or two) at the Don Haskins Center as PBC Boxing AND FOX brought the sweet science to the Sun City.

The night featured Anthony Dirrell vs Abe Han, Claudio Marrero vs Jorge Lara, and the big bout of the night, Josesito Lopez vs Miguel Cruz.

Below are quotes from the boxers from each match, as Lopez, Marrero and Dirrell all were victorious.

JOSESITO LOPEZ

“I have some boxing ability clearly. I beat a great undefeated fighter tonight and I was able to out class him. I used my abilities.

“I think I did okay but I know that I can do better. You’ll see more improvement next time I’m in the ring.

“I felt that I dominated the pace, out worked him and I never let him do anything that hurt me.

“I think the biggest difference has been Robert Garcia. He has me living a healthier lifestyle and that played a big part in my victory. I have an elite trainer who is training me like an elite fighter. I was one step behind in the past, but now I think I’ve made up that distance and then some.

“Welterweight has a lot of good fighters, but I know I can compete with them. I’m a fan-friendly fighter who’s always going to leave it all in the ring.”

MIGUEL CRUZ

“Josesito was stronger than I thought. I took a little too long to get off and get going.

“I didn’t agree with the calls on the low blows. I didn’t get a chance to work the body like I wanted. That was the plan coming in. They took it away from me.

“This is just another step in my journey. I didn’t get hurt or anything. I just need to get better in the gym and keep working combinations. I just have to get better.”

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ANTHONY DIRRELL

“I thought I did well tonight boxing him for 10 rounds. I didn’t think I lost a round. Two of the judges thought so but I can’t do anything about that. I did what I was supposed to do.

“Han has an incredible chin. He took everything I gave him. I even went to the body and gave it to him there. I was trying to go the body until the end but he still stood up. All I could do was keep pressuring him and get the victory.

“The champions at 168-pounds better look out. It’s going to be my last fight but I’m hungry to win another title.”

ABRAHAM HAN

“I wasn’t happy with my performance. I couldn’t get my jab going at all. If I had been more effective with that I think I would have been able to win more rounds.

“It wasn’t really anything that Dirrell was doing in there, there’s no excuses. I just couldn’t jab like I wanted to. He was the better man today and I have to figure out how to make adjustments.

“It was wonderful to have the support of my hometown crowd here. I just wish that I had done better.

“If the right fight presents itself going forward, I’m going to take it. I’ll talk with my team and see what comes together going forward.”

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CLAUDIO MARRERO

“I knew he would be aggressive and we worked very hard in training camp to achieve this. I saw my opportunity and I knew that it was over once I connected.

“This was a message to the whole division. I’m a championship-caliber fighter and I showed it again tonight.

“I’m ready to take on every champion out there. I want the best challenges and I showed tonight that I’m able to beat anyone. I have all the skills and I can’t wait to show them off against the best.”

JORGE LARA

“I just got caught with a great punch. I wanted to be aggressive and give the fans a great show. It didn’t go my way.

“I’ll be back and I’ll be better. I’m going to get back to work and keep pushing toward my goals.”

 

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

Abie Han, FOX’s Premier Boxing Champions Return to El Paso April 28th

Action will be the order of the evening as a trio of hotly-contested showdowns will highlight an exciting night of boxing at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, April 28.

The bouts will be televised live in primetime on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes.

Former super middleweight world champion Anthony Dirrell takes on El Paso’s Abraham Han in a 10-round 168-pound skirmish. The night also features unbeaten Mexican featherweight contender Jorge Lara clashing with Dominican brawler Claudio Marrero in the 10-round opening bout that kicks off coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Josesito Lopez, known as “The Riverside Rocky’’, will battle rising contender Miguel Cruz in a 10-round welterweight showdown.

Photo courtesy Premier Boxing Champions

“This is an all-action show that has all of the elements that boxing fans have come to love,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Miguel Cruz is a talented rising contender who will be taking a major step up against a hardened veteran in Josesito Lopez. Anthony Dirrell is a former world champion who is anxious to get back into the title picture and El Paso’s own Abraham Han has title aspirations of his own. And Jorge Lara and Claudio Marrero are two of the biggest punchers in the featherweight division. It promises to be a very entertaining show for boxing fans.”

 

Tickets for the show, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Boxer Bios and Quotes

Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) is a battle-tested veteran who has been in the ring with some of the top boxers in the sport, including Marcos Maidana, Saul “Canelo’’ Alvarez and Jessie Vargas. The 33-year-old Lopez of Riverside, California scored one of the biggest wins of his career when he stopped Victor Ortiz by TKO in 2012. He has been on a two-fight win streak since losing to Andre Berto and in his last fight he defeated Saul Corral by a unanimous decision on April 9, 2017 live on FS1.

“Miguel Cruz has not faced a fighter on my level,” said Lopez. “I’m the most experienced fighter that Cruz will have fought. I’m confident in my abilities and the fact that I will come out with a victory. I’m ready to go straight through Miguel Cruz and prove I’m one of the best welterweights in the world.”

Cruz (17-0, 11 KOs) will be taking a major step forward in his career when he takes on Lopez. The 27-year-old Cruz of Lake Mary, Florida was a member of the Puerto Rican national team as an amateur and picked up four victories in 2017. In his last fight he battled adversity by overcoming two cuts to score a unanimous decision over David Grayton on Nov. 21 on FS1 and also defeated then unbeaten Alex Martin twice in 2017 in a pair of exciting contests on FS1.

“I am incredibly excited to have a fight of this magnitude because this is what I’ve always worked for,” said Cruz. “I’m so ready to test my skills against somebody like Josesito Lopez. I belong to a new era in boxing, and I’m going to shine for the world on April 28. This is going to be an amazing fight for the fans and I’m ready for everyone to enjoy my performance.’’

Dirrell (31-1-1, 24 KOs), a former super middleweight world champion from Flint, Michigan, is coming off a technical decision victory over Denis Douglin in November on FS1. The 33-year-old Dirrell won the title with a unanimous decision over Sakio Bika in 2015 before dropping a majority decision in 2016 to Badou Jack.

Since that loss, Dirrell has won four straight, including a TKO victory over current 168-pound world champion Caleb Truax in 2016.

“Abraham Han is a good fighter coming off of a tough draw with J’Leon Love, and a guy you can’t look past,” said Dirrell. “Caleb Truax proved that by beating James DeGale for the title, so I’m truly focused on this fight right now. He’s a tall, switch-hitter who comes straight forward, but that’s nothing I can’t handle because I’m always ready and in shape to stick to my game plan and execute. I’m always looking for the knockout, and if it comes, then it comes, and I’ll get him out of there.”

Han (26-3-1, 16 KOs) returns to fight in his hometown of El Paso for the ninth time, including a victory he picked up at Don Haskins Center in his fifth pro fight. The 33-year-old is looking to rebound from a technical draw against J’Leon Love last September, in a fight many thought Han was winning before the referee stopped the fight due to a cut caused by an accidental headbutt. He had won three fights in a row heading into that bout against Love.

“Anthony Dirrell probably sees me as someone that he can beat while he waits for a title shot, but I’m looking to mess up his plans,” said Han. “I felt like I won my last fight with J’Leon and would have easily beat him if it wasn’t stopped. This is another great opportunity to fight in my hometown of El Paso. I’ll focus on winning round-by-round and putting on a great show for my fans. I know everyone is going to come out and support me and help carry me to this victory.”

Lara (29-0-1, 21 KOs) has scored two victories, including a knockout against former champion Fernando Montiel, since he had a technical draw against Jesus Rojas in 2015. He knocked down Montiel four times on the way to the first round stoppage in their April 2016 showdown on FOX. The 27-year-old southpaw from Guadalajara, Mexico has shown heavy hands for a featherweight and is coming off a TKO victory over Mario Briones in his last fight on May 20 on FS1.

“I have been training with former champion Alejandro Gonzalez, and four weeks out from the fight, I am already in excellent condition and in tremendous fighting shape,” said Lara. “I know that this is a very important fight, and that Marrero is a very tough opponent, but I am going to be the winner because I am determined to continue on my road toward winning a world title. After that, we’ll see which champion will be ready to give me the opportunity.”

Marrero (22-2, 16 KOs) was riding an eight-fight win streak before losing by knockout to Jesus Rojas in his last fight. Inside of that eight-fight win streak the 29-year-old Dominican southpaw scored a sensational knockout victory over Carlos Zambrano to earn an interim featherweight title on FS1. The only other blemish on Marrero’s record was a unanimous decision loss to former world champion Jesus Cuellar in 2013.

“I’m excited to be fighting on April 28 on this great show in El Paso,” said Marrero. “I’m fighting an undefeated tough Mexican fighter, but this is the type of fight I wanted to put myself back into title contention. I’m really excited to get in there. Come fight night, you will see ‘The Matrix’ in full effect. Don’t miss it because it’s going to be a great fight.”

Story in Many Pics: Han, Trout and Premier Boxing Champions in El Paso

Championship Boxing returned to El Paso Saturday night with a full card of 10 matches – including Sun City favorites Jennifer Han and Austin Trout.

Jennifer successfully defended her title against Lizbeth Crespo, while ‘No Doubt’ Trout got a unanimous decision in his eight round fight against Juan De Angel

Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was ringside all night and brings your his views of their fights in this Story in Many Pics.

***H-P Complete Coverage: Monster’s Musings: Great Night of Boxing in El Paso

Jennifer Han

Story in Many Pics + Video: Championship Boxing News Conference, Workouts

It’s been a busy week in boxing, as the boxers get ready for the upcoming fight night at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday.

Our complete coverage of the championship fights will feature pieces by Daniel L. Ornelas, Mando ‘the Monster’ Medina and photo coverage by Ace Acosta.

Here is Ace’s view of this week’s workouts and Thursday’s news conference via this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

 

Story In Many Pics: Fight Night in Downtown El Paso

A look of the Ring set up before the start of Title Night at the Ballpark
A look of the Ring set up before the start of Title Night at the Ballpark
Luis Caballero enters the ring for his fight against L'Darius Whetstone in the first match of the night
Luis Caballero enters the ring for his fight against L’Darius Whetstone in the first match of the night
Luis Caballero with the over hand right punch against L'Darius Whetstone
Luis Caballero with the over hand right punch against L’Darius Whetstone
L'Darius Whetstone connects on Luis Caballero with the right hand cross.
L’Darius Whetstone connects on Luis Caballero with the right hand cross.
L'Darius Whetstone with the punch on Luis Caballero. Whetstone was the Winner of the match.
L’Darius Whetstone with the punch on Luis Caballero. Whetstone was the Winner of the match.
Eddie Ortiz connects with the right jab on Ivan Marruffo. Ortiz gets his first professional win by KO
Eddie Ortiz connects with the right jab on Ivan Marruffo. Ortiz gets his first professional win by KO

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Ivan Marruffo collecting himself as he was knocked down by Eddie Ortiz. Ortiz gets his first professional win by KO
Ivan Marruffo collecting himself as he was knocked down by Eddie Ortiz. Ortiz gets his first professional win by KO
Eddie Ortiz connects on Ivan Marruffo with the KO punch. Ortiz gets his first professional win by KO
Eddie Ortiz connects on Ivan Marruffo with the KO punch. Ortiz gets his first professional win by KO
The Budweiser Girls taking photos ringside before the event gets underway
The Budweiser Girls taking photos ringside before the event gets underway
Saul Gomez with the left jab on Jorrel Sparenberg, Gomez would go on and pick up his first professional victory
Saul Gomez with the left jab on Jorrel Sparenberg, Gomez would go on and pick up his first professional victory
Saul Gomez gets hit in the face with the left jab by Jorrel Sparenberg,
Saul Gomez gets hit in the face with the left jab by Jorrel Sparenberg,
Saul Gomez gets the victory over Jorrel Sparenberg, This would be Gomez's first professional victory
Saul Gomez gets the victory over Jorrel Sparenberg, This would be Gomez’s first professional victory
Tim Meeks (white &black trunks) ducks from and over hand right from Robert Sanders.
Tim Meeks (white &black trunks) ducks from and over hand right from Robert Sanders.
Tim Meeks (Right) with the over hand right on Robert Sanders (Left)
Tim Meeks (Right) with the over hand right on Robert Sanders (Left)
Jordan Alvarado (left) vs Alan Lerma (right)
Jordan Alvarado (left) vs Alan Lerma (right)
Alan Lerma (right) picks up the victory over Jordan Alvarado
Alan Lerma (right) picks up the victory over Jordan Alvarado
Michael Andrews enters the ring to face Even Torres.
Michael Andrews enters the ring to face Even Torres.
Michael Andrews ( Left ) misses with the punch on Even Torres (Right)
Michael Andrews ( Left ) misses with the punch on Even Torres (Right)
Michael Andrews trys to collect himself after being knocked down by Even Torrez
Michael Andrews trys to collect himself after being knocked down by Even Torrez
Michael Andrews ( Left ) tries to move away from the punch from Even Torres (Right)
Michael Andrews ( Left ) tries to move away from the punch from Even Torres (Right)
Michael Andrews ( Left ) takes a hard shot from Even Torres (Right)
Michael Andrews ( Left ) takes a hard shot from Even Torres (Right)
Even Torrez picks up the victory over Micheal Andrews by TKO
Even Torrez picks up the victory over Micheal Andrews by TKO
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