Boxing - Maidana to fight Lopez in June

Marcos Maidana will defend his WBA Intercontinental Welterweight title against Josesito Lopez at California's Home Depot Center on June 8.

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Marcos Maidana of Argentina is treated in his corner between rounds during his WBA interim super lightweight title fight against Erik Morales of Mexico (Reuters)

The Argentinian will fight home favourite Lopez over 12 rounds as he looks to extend his record to 34-3 and strengthen his claims for a another world title fight in future.

"Josesito Lopez is a tough challenge, but I'm ready for everything he will bring to the ring on June 8," Maidana said.

"Beating him is the next step to getting a world title shot and I know I'll get the victory."

Lopez has a 30-5 record in his career to date and says home advantage will see him safely past the highly-regarded Maidana.

"I fight my best at home, and with the fans in my corner on June 8, Maidana doesn't have a chance," said Lopez.

"He's going to push me hard from start to finish, but that's when I truly shine. I promise this will be a great fight for the fans."

On the undercard is a 12-round junior middleweight showdown between Alfredo Angulo and number one WBC super welterweight contender Erislandy Lara, as well as a bout for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight World Championship between Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban.

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