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Photos: Alberto Machado, Rafael Mensah - Ready For Battle

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)

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 sammybee on 07-23-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;18960810]I bet on Mensah winning, plus on Munguia winning inside two. Total failure... At least last week I had won a nice lump by betting on Pacman inside the distance :)[/QUOTE] Lol...you can bet on Tete during the WBSS. He…

Comment by Tatabanya on 07-23-2018

[QUOTE=sammybee;18960680]I have a feeling for nationality sake you bet on Mensah.[/QUOTE] I bet on Mensah winning, plus on Munguia winning inside two. Total failure... At least last week I had won a nice lump by betting on Pacman inside the…

Comment by sammybee on 07-23-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;18959536]Correct, buddy. And Machado has improved, for good measure. Translation: I lost money today :([/QUOTE] I have a feeling for nationality sake you bet on Mensah.

Comment by Tatabanya on 07-22-2018

[QUOTE=sammybee;18959410]I know how durable Ghanaian boxers are but Mensah should have had about 2 or 3 fights outside Ghana and on a bigger stage before this title fight. He would have done better if he had had a better exposer.…

Comment by sammybee on 07-22-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;18955088]Agree, but never under-estimate a Ghanaian, they're usually warriors. Then again, I remember that Machado didn't look that good when he won the title. Corrales was outboxing him at will, then his tank remained empty all of a sudden, probably…

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