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Fighters featured on the undercards of the highly anticipated Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. showdown hosted a Los Angeles media workout Tuesday afternoon at City of Angels Boxing. Argentina's Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (37-4, 34 KOs) will take on Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (20-4, 14 KOs) and South El Monte's Joseph "JoJo" Diaz, Jr. (23-0, 13 KOs) will be defending his NABF title against Manuel "Tino" Avila (22-0, 8 KOs) of Fairfield at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

"I'm excited to see every undercard fighter on fight night. I love knockouts, so you can't go wrong with our co-main event of David Lemieux against Marco Reyes. Lemieux just had a spectacular knockout over Curtis Stevens that was incredible, so I'm looking forward to seeing him in the ring again.

"This is going to be a great show, and I think everyone is going to be very excited. Golden Boy has a great reputation for putting on amazing fights, and the fans will definitely be getting their money's worth."

LUCAS "LA MAQUINA" MATTHYSSE, Former WBC Silver Super Lightweight Champion:

"I never once thought about retiring. I just needed a deep rest after the Postol fight in October, so I went back home and took the time I needed to be with family--I drove my motorcycle, went fishing, and just reflected.

"I am proud of the career that I have made - I am a South American fighter coming from a province in Argentina who has made himself known in America. It is a privilege to be back on such a card like this, and my goal is to continue to be in the sport, on track for a championship. I am ready to jump back in."

JOSEPH "JOJO" DIAZ, JR., NABF Featherweight Champion:

"Fighting on this Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. card has been the opportunity of the lifetime for me. I have to go out there with millions watching and thousands in attendance, so I have to showcase to everybody that I can be the best and the next superstar in boxing.

"I trained very hard for this fight, so a win over Manuel Avila will put me a step closer or maybe even give me that title shot for either the WBC or WBO belt. I know my opponent is an undefeated Golden Boy prospect, so there is a lot at stake for whomever wins this fight, as they will become 'the next big thing' at 126 pounds for Golden Boy Promotions. May the best man win on May 6th."

HBO Free-View, Ryan "Kingry" Garcia (8-0, 7 KOs) will face a soon to be announced opponent and Raul "El Cugar" Curiel will make his pro-debut against an opponent to be named shortly. Also on the card, Ronny Rios (27-1, 12 KOs) will fight Daniel "El Chato" Noriega (28-10-1, 15 KOs) and opening up the night, Joseph "Diamante" Aguirre (16-0, 9 KOs) will be battling Angel Aispuro (8-4-2, 5 KOs).

RYAN "KINGRY" GARCIA, Lightweight Prospect:

"I'm different from everybody, my speed is incredible. If you get the chance, check me out because I bring something different to the table. People may watch a lot of fighters, but nobody sees someone with my explosiveness and speed."

RAUL "EL CIGAR" CURIEL, Former Mexican Olympian:

"Everyone will say the same thing--that they just want to get their first professional fight out of the way. I am excited to be a part of the Golden Boy family, and being on HBO--it's a dream. I've been training with Manny Robles and I feel ready to take on my opponent."

RONNY RIOS, Super Bantamweight Contender:

"Everything has been great--I just had my son, which is extra motivation for me. I'm at 122 pounds now, because after my loss, my motivation and discipline went way up.

"In working up to this fight, I've been training and eating healthier than ever. I believe I will be well prepared to take on my opponent on May 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas."

JOSEPH "DIAMANTE" AGUIRRE, Lightweight Prospect:

"I've been training over a year with Joel Diaz, and have been sparring with Lucas Matthysse and Vergil Ortiz, Jr. to prepare for our fights on May 6th. I have about 200 people coming from Mexico to see me fight, so I'm really excited.

"My fighting style with Joel Diaz has adjusted as he has taught me to be more aggressive and to have a winning mentality in the ring."

Also at the workout were the fighters featured on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez (22-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his NABA featherweight title against Jesus Rojas (24-1-2, 17 KOs). Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (15-0, 6 KOs) will be participating in the card in a 10-round bantamweight bout, and knock out artist Vergil Ortiz, Jr. (4-0, 4 KOs) will be in a four round super lightweight fight against Angel "Pescado" Sarinana (7-5-2, 3 KOs). The card will be headlined by former three-division world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and Robinson Castellanos.

ABRAHAM "CHAMACO" LOPEZ, NABA Featherweight Champion:

"I get to defend my NABA title for the second time. I'm thankful to God for the opportunity, and at the end of the day, he already knows what's going to happen that night, I just have to do what I always do and prepare and train harder than I have."

OSCAR "EL JAGUAR" NEGRETE, Bantamweight Contender:

"It's a great privilege to be on ESPN, I know that it's going to be a great fight. I get the chance to represent Colombia and show what I have to offer in the ring. I've developed a lot as a fighter, and I just can't wait for next week."

VERGIL ORTIZ, JR., Super Lightweight Prospect:

"I've been feeling really good lately and have been training since February so I'm in the best shape of my life right now. It feels really to be on such a huge fight card. When I fought on the last Canelo undercard, it was huge for me-it still takes some adjusting, but I feel great.

"My last four fights have all been knockouts, but I'm not going just for the knockout, I'm going in to be smart. I expect my opponent to go forward and bully me, but it's not always about strength-I know I will figure him out."

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