Despite the weekend’s Pay Per View extravaganza between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr for the undisputed lightweight crown being cancelled due to Lopez testing positive for covid and has since been rescheduled for August 14 to allow Lopez to recover. There is still a massive weekend of boxing in the USA with three major cards nationwide.
The action kicks off on Saturday evening in Las Vegas as unified bantamweight world champion Naoya Inoue, “The Monster” from Kanagawa, Japan puts his WBC & IBF belts on the line against rugged contender Michael Dasmarinas from the Philippines. Dasmarinas won a chance to fight for the IBF strap when he won an eliminator back in early 2019 by taking a UD against Kenny Demecillo. The fight was 26-months ago and Dasmarinas has fought just one tune-up fight since a fifth-round blowout against a 25-28 fighter called Artid Bamrungauea. Naoya Inoue sports a perfect 20-0 record but has not fought since Halloween 2020 when the monster blew away Jason Moloney in seven one-sided rounds. The co-main event is a woman world title bout between the undefeated American Mikaela Mayer who puts her 14-0 record as well as her 130-pound WBO belt on the line against Erica Anabella Farias of Buenos Aires, Argentina who lost a very close and somewhat controversial majority decision to Jessica McCaskill back in 2019. She has twice lost two McCaskill and dropped a competitive 2017 decision to Cecilia Braekhus. The all-action fight of the night could happen on the undercard when 15-2 prospect Adam Lopez and former world champ Isaac Dogboe square off in a 10-round featherweight scrap.
The action then moves to Texas as WBC middleweight champ Jermall Charlo of Houston, Texas returns to the ring for the first time since a career-best performance when he outclassed Sergiy Derevyanchenko in the fall of last year, for a homecoming fight against Mexican knockout artist Juan Macias Montiel, ruined the comeback of fellow Texan, James Kirkland by destroying him via first-round back in December, prior to that Montiel fought Hugo Centeno Jr to a draw on the undercard of Charlo-Harrison I. The co-main features an intriguing scrap between two once-beaten super bantamweights as Angelo Leo who looks to bounce back from his lopsided loss to Stephen Fulton back in January takes on Aaron Alameda, who lost a wide decision to Luis Nery back in September of 2020. Neither man has fought since losing.
The action remains in the Lone Star State but moves about 750 miles west as Jaime Munguia returns to Texas, where he fought back in 2020 when he stopped Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan in 11-rounds. Munguia, the former 154-pound WBO titleholder is taking his third fight at middleweight as he takes on 21-1 former world title challenger Kamil Szeremeta of Bialystok, Poland. Szeremeta, lost his world title bid when he was dominated by the legendary Gennady Golovkin over seven brutal rounds in Florida this past December. The co-main event is a can’t miss all-action slugfest as undefeated blue-chip super middleweight prospect Bektemir Melikuziev takes the biggest test of his young career as he takes on Philadelphia native Gabe Rosado in a 12-round affair. Rosado last fought back in, November of 2020 when he came up on the wrong side of an incredibly close split decision. Many thought Rosado had done enough to outpoint Daniel Jacobs, but two of the three judges disagreed. Also, the women’s WBC world Flyweight title will be on the line when Ibeth Zamora Silva of San Cristóbal Huichochitlán, México makes the third defense of the strap she won back in 2018 by outpointing Melissa McMorrow. She takes on Texas native Marlen Esparza. Esparza has won two straight since dropping a TD to Seneisa Estrada in an intriguing and highly entertaining slugfest back in 2019.