Fight Chatter

By Tarrah Zael

Fight Chatter July 16, 2018

Lamont Roach (16-0-1) meets Deivi Bassa (20-4) in a 10 round fight for the vacant WBO International featherweight title on Friday July 20, at Cancun, Mexico. ESPN will televise the Golden Boy Promotions card.


Michael Dutchover (9-0) meets Sergio Ramirez Martinez (4-2) in a eight round lightweight fight on Friday July 20, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. Also, Mario Hernandez (6-0) faces Jonah Flores (5-0) in a four round bantamweight collision. For more information call (714) 935-0900.


Jason Ennis (20-0) meets Armando Alvarez (18-0) for a regional welterweight title on Friday July 20 at Sloan, Iowa. Also, Armenia’s Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0) fights Thomas Mattice (12-0) in a eight round lightweight fight. The boxing card will be televised on Showtime.


On Saturday July 21, welterweights Cecilia Braekhus (33-0) and Inna Sagaydakovskaya (7-0) meet in a 10 round world title fight at Moscow. Braekhus, 36, will be defending all the welterweight titles.


Murat Gassiev (26-0) meets Oleksandr Usyk (14-0) for the all the light heavyweight world titles on Saturday July 21, at Moscow, Russia. Both fighters train in Southern California and both are undefeated. It’s one of the best matchups of the year. Also, female welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (33-0) defends her titles against Inna Sagaydakovskaya (7-0) in a 10 round fight.


On Saturday July 21, super featherweights Shelly Vincent (22-1) and Calixta Silgado (16-9-3) meet in an eight round contest at Mashantucket, Conn.


WBO super welterweight titlist Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) makes his first defense against England’s Liam Smith (26-1-1) in a 12 round fight at Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday July 21. Munguia, 21, knocked out Sadam Ali this past May in New York to win the world title. Smith, 29, is a former world champion who lost the title to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by knockout in November 2017. Also, WBA super featherweight titlist Albert Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico makes his first title defense against Ghana’s Rafael Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs) in a 12 round clash at the Hard Rock Café and Casino. HBO will televise.


Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2) grabbed the WBA welterweight title by knockout over Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-5) on Saturday July 14, at Malaysia. Three knockdowns by Pacquiao led to his first knockout win since 2009 when he beat Miguel Cotto. Also, Moruti Mthalane (36-2) won the vacant IBF flyweight world title by unanimous decision after 12 rounds versus Muhammad Waseem (8-1). Plus, Carlos Canizales (21-0-1) kept the WBA light flyweight world title by technical knockout in the 12th round against challenger Bin Lu (1-1) of China. Canizales scored two knockdowns along the way to the win. It was the first defense of the title for Venezuela’s Canizales.


Rocky Fielding (27-1) captured the WBA super middleweight world title by knockout in the fifth round over Tyron Zeuge (22-1-1) on Saturday July 14. The match took place in Offenburg, Germany. Fielding, 30, fights out of Warrington, England.


Regis Prograis (22-0) kept the WBC interim super lightweight title by knockout versus Argentina’s Juan Jose Velasco (20-1) in the eighth round. Prograis knocked down Velasco three times with thudding body shots. Also, Teofimo Lopez (10-0) knocked out Brazil’s William Silva (25-2) in the sixth round in a lightweight clash.


Jessy Martinez (10-0) won by decision over Yunier Calzada (6-4-1) after six rounds in a super welterweight fight at Hollywood, Calif. Also, Damien Lopez (6-0-1) beat Isaac Freeman (3-8-1) in a welterweight fight.


Joet Gonzalez (20-0) won the NABO featherweight title by split decision over Mexico’s Rafael Rivera (25-2-2) after 10 rounds on Friday July 13, in Los Angeles. Also, Seniesa Estrada (14-0) knocked out Ecuador’s Jhosep Vizcaino (7-7) in the third round of their light flyweight clash. Plus, Maricela Cornejo (12-2) knocked out Samantha Pill (3-1) in the third round of their super middleweight fight.