by Cliff Rold
Pick It: TBRB #5 Jaime Munguia vs. #Takeshi Inoue (Saturday, DAZN, 7 PM EST)
Generally speaking, every fighter with a belt can get on television somewhere. Not everyone with a belt is a genuine TV fighter. 22-year old WBO 154 lb. titlist Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26 KO) is must-see TV.
The young Mexican banger caught some eyes on the way up the ranks and caught even more when he decimated Sadam Ali for the belt. He’s defended twice so far and Saturday faces his third challenger in Japan’s Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7 KO). The 29-year old challenger has been undefeated since a career-opening draw, but that’s only his boxing career. Inoue is also 1-1 as a kickboxer and 24-12 as a mixed martial artist. It’s hard to say what that will mean Saturday night but it’s Munguia so it probably won’t be boring. Also on the card, WBA featherweight sub-titlist Jesus Rojas defends against Can Xu.
Additional Shows to Watch For
Friday – Facebook/PRBestBoxing (7: 30 PM PM EST): Lebron vs. Figueroa
Promising 25-year old featherweight Luis Lebron (14-0-1, 7 KO) continues his climb towards contention in this main event. He will face 32-year old Josean Figueroa (12-5-2, 9 KO). While Figueroa’s numbers suggest some pop, he’s been stopped three times, including in his last fight in Fenruary 2018.
Friday – TyC (9:30 PM PM EST): Bermudez vs. Bolivar
Light flyweight title action highlights this card from Argentina. 22-year old Evelyn Bermudez (11-0, 2 KO) attempts her first defense of the IBF 108 lb. title against 25-year old Luisana Bolivar (10-5-1, 6 KO). Bolivar has never been stopped and enters the contest with five straight wins, four of them inside the distance.
Friday – Fox (8 PM EST): Thurman vs. Lopez
It’s been almost two years since WBA welterweight titlist unified two titles with a win over then-WBC titlist Danny Garcia. He never got to defend that second belt. If he wants a chance to get it back, the winning will have to start here. The 30-year old Thurman (28-0, 22 KO) will face 34-year old veteran Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KO) to test where he is after a surgically repaired elbow. Also on the card, heavyweights Adam Kownacki and Gerald Washington square off in what could be a fun contest of big men. Additional coverage will kick off on FS1 at 6 PM EST.
Saturday – TYC (9:30 PM EST): Romero vs. Herrera
22-year old Jr. lightweight hopeful Jose Romero (20-0, 7 KO) faces one of the most experienced tests of his young career here. It’s not a sight he hasn’t seen before. Romero defeated Javier Herrera (16-2, 8 KO) last year by ten round decision but he had to come off the floor to do it. Has Romero learned something since their last encounter? Only one way to find out.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]