WBC SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION MIGUEL BERCHELT TO MAKE FIRST TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST FORMER CHAMPION TAKASHI MIURA ON JULY 15 AT THE 'FABULOUS' FORUM
WBA SUPER WORLD CHAMPION JEZREEL CORRALES TO MAKE
DEBUT AGAINST RESURGENT ROBINSON
CASTELLANOS IN CO-MAIN EVENT U.S.
TOP LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS JOE SMITH JR. AND SULLIVAN BARRERA TO SQUARE OFF IN OPENING BOUT OF STACKED HBO BOXING AFTER DARK TRIPLEHEADER
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LOS ANGELES (
May 17, 2017) - The white-hot super featherweight
division will be on full display July 15 when two world title fights come to ' "Fabulous"
Forum as part of a
stacked tripleheader on HBO
Boxing After Dark. Los Angeles
In the main event that has "Fight of the Year" written all over it, newly crowned WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Miguel "El Alacran" Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) will make his first title defense against former world champion and mandatory challenger Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs).
In the co-main, Panamanian superstar and WBA Super Featherweight World Champion Jezreel "El Invisible" Corrales (21-0, 8 KOs) will look to keep his title and undefeated record, as he makes his stateside debut against a resurgent Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs), hot off his massive upset victory over two-time world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Opening up the televised card, WBC International Light Heavyweight Champion Joe Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19
KOs) will return West from Long Island to put his belt on the line against the
Miami-based Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) in a battle of heavy-handed sluggers.
"The super featherweight division is absolutely stacked with skilled, high-action fighters right now, and the four competitors atop this card are competing to see who will be the top dog," Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions said."Add to that a showdown between two of the top light heavyweights in the world in Smith and Barrrera, and you have all the makings of a trio of absolute wars on July 15."
Riding a 10-consecutive knockout streak culminating in an 11th-round stoppage of Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas in January, Berchelt -- fighting out of Merida, Mexico -- will look to continue his winning ways in just his second fight on American soil.