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Photos: Alberto Machado, Rafael Mensah - Go Face To Face

HBO Sports returns to the vibrant junior middleweight division when one of 2018’s breakout stars defends his crown for the first time on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JAIME MUNGUIA VS. LIAM SMITH AND ALBERTO MACHADO VS. RAFAEL MENSAH, presented SATURDAY, JULY 21 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. (photos by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos)

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The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

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Two months ago, Jaime Munguia (29-0, 25 KOs) made an impressive HBO debut, scoring a resounding fourth-round KO of junior middleweight titleholder Sadam Ali. Now, the 25-year-old native of Tijuana, Baja Calif, Mexico defends his title against the UK’s formidable Liam Smith (26-1-1, 14 KOs), 29, in a 12-round clash that promises to produce fireworks.

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The co-feature spotlights Alberto Machado (19-0, 16 KOs) defending his super featherweight title against No. 1 contender Rafael Mensah (31-0, 23 KOs) in a 12-round battle. Machado, 27, hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico; Mensah, also 27, is a native of Accra, Ghana, and has 12 more pro bouts than the champ.

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This doubleheader marks the 39th consecutive year that HBO Boxing has televised a fight card from Las Vegas.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tatabanya on 07-20-2018

[QUOTE=sammybee;18951779]I hope Mensah can pull an upset.[/QUOTE] Me too - I just placed a bet on him at 9.00 based on Machado's win against Corrales, who did NOT convince me he's the real deal.

Comment by True That on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=boxingfan4ever;18951896]to have the shirt like that is simply a style or fashion not drunk[/QUOTE] Really? I don't recall ever seeing that as fashion or style.

Comment by boxingfan4ever on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=True That;18951740]Lol, Did Cotto have a couple of drinks? Half of his shirt is tucked in the other half out.[/QUOTE] to have the shirt like that is simply a style or fashion not drunk

Comment by chico malo loc on 07-19-2018

machado will take care of mensa!

Comment by sammybee on 07-19-2018

I hope Mensah can pull an upset.

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