HBO Announces Tripleheader for July 15 in Los Angeles
By: Mike Sloan May 18, 2017
The world famous Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles will serve as the
host location for and stellar tripleheader on HBO’s Boxing After
Dark. The action will occur on July 15 and will be anchored by what
some are already calling a fight of the year candidate.
Miguel Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) is set to make the first defense of
his WBC super featherweight championship when he takes on
challenger Takashi Miura. Berchelt has been one of boxing’s hottest
young studs as he’s scored 10 consecutive knockouts, his most
recent being a title-winning 11th-round stoppage of Francisco
Vargas in January. He’s not planning on losing his belt anytime
“I took on this challenge, because I only want to fight the best,”
Berchelt said. “I know that Miura is a true warrior and always
leaves it all in the ring, but I am young and hungry and am
confident that I will return to Mexico with the world championship
belt still around my waist.”
Miura, who was one half of what was the 2015 fight of year –
against Vargas – is back in action after the Japanese slugger
knocked out Miguel Roman in the 12th in January as well. A former
champion himself, Miura is out for blood and covets the chance to
raise the title belt above his head once more.
“I have wanted to regain my championship belt from the moment I
lost it in November of 2015,” Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) said. “I know
Berchelt is strong, and I know that we’ll go head to head for this
world championship title that will prove to be a great fight.”
The co-feature will see WBA super featherweight champ Jezreel
Corrales (21-0, 8 KOs) take on Robinson Castellanos (24-12, 14
KOs), who is sky-high after scoring a shocking knockout of
Yuriorkis Gamboa last week.
The action will go live on HBO beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET/6:50 p.m.
PT. Opening the telecast will be a light heavyweight duel between
Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) and Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14