By Francisco Salazar
Fringe lightweight contender Ismail Muwendo will face Efrain Esquivias tonight, Roy Jones Jr. Promotions matchmaker Guy Taylor confirmed to BoxingScene.com Thursday afternoon.
The 10 round bout will take place at the M3 Anaheim Event Center in Anaheim, California.
Muwendo (18-0, with 12 KOs) has not fought since September 9, when he won a six round unanimous decision over Eliseo Cruz in Las Vegas.
Originally from Uganda and now residing in Minneapolis, Muwendo's most notable victory occurred on April 18 of 2015, defeating Rolando Chinea by majority decision over eight rounds.
Despite having a five-inch height advantage, Esquivias will be the toughest challenge on paper for the 28-year-old Muwendo.
Esquivias (17-6-1, with 10 KOs), who resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, was stopped by unbeaten Christopher Diaz in his last bout on February 3. He has lost his last four bouts in a row.
Esquivias, a former world junior featherweight contender, scored the most notable victory in September of 2013 by knocking out former world titleholder Rafael Marquez in the ninth round.
Flyweight Seniesa Estrada will face Aracely Palacios in a six round bout.
Estrada (9-0, with 2 KOs) knocked out overmatched Rachel Sazoff in the first round of his last bout on June 22. Estrada has built a strong following in and around Southern California, where she fought most of her fights.
Palacios (8-6, with 1 KO) will be fighting for the first time outside Mexico and has won four of her last five bouts.
Hard-hitting featherweight Humberto Rubalcava (6-0, with 5 KOs) squares off against Raymond Chacon (7-23-1) in a six round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing