LAS VEGAS -- Fight Freaks love knockouts and fighters love to get them and make money. So, with that in mind, Golden Boy Promotions is offering a $100,000 bonus for the best knockout on its quadrupleheader Saturday night (Showtime, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
It's a great idea to help spice up a show that Golden Boy titled "Knockout Kings" (and one that, at long last, Showtime will show live on both coasts, instead of its years-long tradition of fights being tape-delayed on the West Coast).
Knockouts seem likely in at least some of the fights -– Saul "Canelo" Alvarez-Josesito Lopez in a junior middleweight title bout, Jhonny Gonzalez-Daniel Ponce De Leon in a featherweight title bout, Marcos Maidana-Jesus Soto Karass in a welterweight fight and Leo Santa Cruz-Eric Morel in a bantamweight title bout -– considering that the eight featured fighters have combined for 206 stoppages.
"Leo Santa Cruz going up against Eric Morel, the styles fit very well to a win by knockout," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said. "You have Soto Karass and Maidana, who are both strong punchers. Canelo has devastating power. Josesito Lopez is coming out of a spectacular win against Victor Ortiz where he broke his jaw. Ponce De Leon and Jhonny Gonzalez, what can you say about them? They're both knockout artists. So we're, obviously, hoping for the best and the fans will decide who the winner is.
"I am hoping to see four knockouts so that the decision is that much tougher and the winner is that much more deserving of the prize."
Here's the way you can vote on the best KO:
Following the conclusion of the main event, fans in the arena and at home will have five minutes to vote for the "Knockout of the Night" by texting 74669 from their mobile devices. If there are no knockouts, there will be no winner. If there is one knockout, that fighter is the automatic winner of the $100,000 bonus. If there are multiple knockouts, the votes will be tallied in those five allotted minutes to vote and the $100,000 winner will be announced in the ring prior to the conclusion of Showtime's broadcast.
"Ponce De Leon, a former junior featherweight titleholder, would love the extra money, but winning a second world title is more important to him.
"The $100,000 bonus, yes, that's definitely a motivation and I really would like that, but right now my main focus is to win the world title," he said. "I want to be a world champion."
The bonus is a nice carrot, Soto Karass said, but he won't let it alter his game plan.
"The $100,000 definitely spices it up and is really good, but I'm focused right now on winning the fight and if the knockout comes, great, because $100,000 extra is more than welcomed," he said. "The temptation of the $100,000 is very, very good, but right now I'm focusing and mentally preparing to win the fight and by winning the fight the bigger money comes later."
Maidana, a tremendous puncher, is on the same page.
"With regard to the $100,000, although it is a temptation to win that money, I need to win the fight first and then the money will come," he said.