Inoue, Charlo And Munguia Top A Bumper Weekend Of Boxing

There's plenty to look out for despite Covid-19 causing havoc with Teofimo Lopez's plans
10:03, 17 Jun 2021

Teofimo Lopez may not be fighting this weekend after testing positive for Covid-19, but there remain plenty of quality cards for boxing fans to enjoy.

While the unified lightweight king, fresh off the back of his incredible victory over Vasyl Lomachenko, has to wait to defend his belts, unbeaten champions Naoya Inoue, Jermall Charlo and Jaime Munguia are all in action.

There is also the small matter of another boxer v UFC fight to look forward to, with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr facing MMA star Anderson Silva.

Let’s take a look ahead to a bumper weekend of boxing action.

 

Naoya Inoue v Michael Dasmarinas

Where?

Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas

Why?

Inoue defends his WBA and IBF bantamweight titles

When?

Saturday 11:30pm (UK time)

How to Watch?

ESPN+

The Build-up:

Naoya Inoue (1/33), otherwise known as ‘Monster’ has beaten everyone put in his way on his path to becoming the WBA and IBF bantamweight king.

With 17 KOs to his record from 20 bouts, his nickname certainly holds up.

In 2019 he beat a now-rejuvenated Nonito Donaire in a fight of the year contender and his last fight saw Jason Moloney stopped in the seventh session of their MGM Grand fight.

Inoue, who stopped Yorkshireman Jamie McDonnell in the first round back in 2018, should prove too much of a step up for Michael Dasmarinas, who hasn’t fought at this level before.

Undercard:

Mikaela Mayer v Erica Anabella Farias (WBO World Female Super Feather Title)

Adam Lopez v Isaac Dogboe

Lindolfo Delgado v Salvador Briceno

 

Jermall Charlo v Juan Montiel

CHARLO TAKES ON MONTIEL IN THE EARLY HOURS OF SUNDAY
CHARLO TAKES ON MONTIEL IN THE EARLY HOURS OF SUNDAY

Where?

Toyota Center, Houston

Why?

Charlo defends his WBC middleweight belt

When?

Sunday 1:00am (UK time)

How to Watch?

Showtime

The Build-up:

Jermall Charlo (1/50) wasted no time in calling out Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after his stoppage win over Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders, but he will have to wait a little longer for the mega money fight.

The American is another boxer with an unbeaten record, stopping 22 of his 31 opponents to date. His fight against Juan Montiel should be labelled under ‘tick over’ while he waits for the big boys in the middleweight division.

Coming off the back of an impressive unanimous decision win over a Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who gave both Gennadiy Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs serious problems, Charlo could well return to his knockout ways this weekend.

Undercard:

Gabriel Maestre v Cody Crowley

Angelo Leo v Aaron Alameda

Isaac Cruz Gonzalez v Francisco Vargas

 

Jaime Munguia v Kamil Szeremeta

Where?

Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas

Why?

12 rounds as Munguia builds himself up at middleweight

When?

Saturday 8.30pm (UK time)

How to Watch?

DAZN

The Build-up:

Jaime Munguia is a name familiar to fight fans in the UK, with wins over both Liam Smith and Gary O’Sullivan in the last three years.

He was meant to be in a really testing bout against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki, who has only been defeated by Demetrius Andrade and Jacobs, but the 36-0 former super welterweight king will instead face Kamil Szeremeta.

The 31-year-old was sent to the canvas four times by Golovkin in his last outing before the referee waved off the bout after the seventh round.

Munguia will want to dish out some punishment of his own as he works his way up the middleweight ranks.

Undercard:

Bektemir Melikuziev v Gabriel Rosado

Ibeth Zamora Silva v Marlen Esparza

Raul Curiel v Ferdinand Kerobyan

Blair Cobbs v Brad Solomon

Alexis Rocha v James Bacon

 

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr v Anderson Silva

CHAVEZ TAKES ON ANDERSON SILVA IN THE LATEST CROSS-DISCIPLINE MATCH-UP
CHAVEZ TAKES ON ANDERSON SILVA IN THE LATEST CROSS-DISCIPLINE MATCH-UP

Where?

Estadio Jalisco, Jalisco, Mexico

Why?

Why not? If Floyd Mayweather can fight a YouTuber in Logan Paul, then Chavez Jr can feel free to take on a UFC legend in Anderson Silva.

When?

Sunday 1:00am (UK time)

How to Watch?

beIN Sports

The Build-up:

Whether you are a fan of boxers facing YouTubers, or even boxers taking on UFC stars inside the ring, there is something extremely intriguing about this matchup.

Chavez Jr is far from the force of old and has lost three of his last five bouts including defeats to ‘Canelo’, Jacobs and Mario Abel Cazares.

He did stop Jeyson Minda last time out, but at 35, his best years in the squared circle are behind him.

Anderson is a legend of the MMA world, but did actually make his boxing debut all the way back in 1998. He was stopped in the first round against Osmar Luiz Teixeira on that night 23 years ago, but did bounce back seven years later with a KO win over Julio Cesar De Jesus.

Sixteen years on, has he got anything left to offer in the boxing world? That’s what makes this bout so intriguing.

Undercard:

Omar Chaves v Ramon Alvarez

Damian Sosa v Abel Mina

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