Fireworks are guaranteed on July 15th for the World Super-Featherweight Title double-header in California, topped by WBC Champion Miguel Berchelt facing mandatory challenger Takashi Miura in a guaranteed war.
WBA ruler Jezreel Corrales defends his belt against Robinson Castellanos, plus Light-Heavyweight contenders Joe Smith Jr and Sullivan Barrera square off on a stacked show at The Forum in Los Angeles, live on BoxNation.
In January, Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) dethroned fellow Mexican warrior Francisco Vargas in a bloody battle which concluded in the 11th round after a punishing contest. The 25-year-old’s fan-friendly style means he rarely takes a backwards step and he’s now racked up 10 consecutive knockouts.
‘The Scorpion’ was the underdog against Vargas, but he put on a mature and classy display to become Champion. Now he faces a tough first defence of his crown against another hard-hitting Super-Feather.
Japan’s Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) fought on the same Golden Boy card, beating Roman Moran in a final eliminator for the WBC World Title with three knockdowns before a dramatic final-round finish.
The Tokyo man won the same WBC belt in August 2013 and made four defences before losing to Vargas in the 2015 Fight of the Year. This match-up looks set to be an all-action thriller.
In support, southpaw Corrales (21-1, 8 KOs) defends his WBA strap for the second time against Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs). The Panamanian became Champion in April last year, upsetting Takashi Uchiyama with a second round knockout before a split decision win in an immediate rematch in December.
Heavy-handed American Smith Jr (23-1, 19 KOs) returns to the same venue where he scored a famous upset win over Bernard Hopkins last year. The New Yorker faces Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) with both men eyeing a World Title shot in the thriving Light-Heavyweight division.