7/10 – Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KO’s) vs. Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KO’s) II – Convention Center, Miami, Florida, USA
Iron Mike Productions brings us the rematch for the IBF super featherweight championship. The first meeting between these two saw a controversial result when Barthelemy scored a second round knockout, the result of punches landed after the bell concluding the second round. Originally, Barthelemy was declared the winner and new champion, but the result was changed to a no contest after a review of the fight. Mendez was down twice in the second round and was in big trouble, so it’ll be interesting to see how the defending champion approaches the challenger the second time around. Expect Barthelemy to come out swinging, it was working for him the first time so it seems logical to think he’d pick up right where he left off.
7/10 – Jeff Lacy (26-4, 18 KO’s) vs. Umberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KO’s) – Convention Center, Miami, Florida, USA
On the same card, former world super middleweight champion Lacy continues his comeback with his second bout in nearly four years. Since a lopsided loss to Joe Calzaghe in 2006, the now 37 years old has had little success returning to a world class contender; losses to Jermain Taylor, Roy Jones Jr., and Dhafir Smith prompted a leave in 2010 but three years later, he came back with a third round stoppage of Martin Verdin. Savigne has fought a mash up of opposition, facing various levels of experienced fighters with winning and losing records. Up for grabs is the WBC FECARBOX light heavyweight title, held by Savigne.
7/10 – Erickson Lubin (5-0, 5 KO’s) vs. Noe Bolanos (25-9-1, 16 KO’s) – Convention Center, Miami, Florida, USA
Lubin is considered the next big prospect in the light middleweight division, but the eight month pro takes on his most experienced opponent to date when he faces Bolanos. Though he’s lost more than he won over the last eight years, Bolanos has seven times and 10 years more pro experience than Lubin. However, Bolanos is a light welterweight, lost four of his last five bouts, and was stopped in four of those losses. So what he brings in experience is negated by wear and tear and a distinct size disadvantage.
7/11 – Paul Spadafora (48-1-1, 19 KO’s) vs. Hector Velazquez (56-21-3, 38 KO’s) – Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
The Pittsburgh Kid took the first loss of his 19 year pro career last November: a close majority decision against Johan Perez for the interim WBA light welterweight title. The former lightweight champion faces former IBA featherweight champ Velazquez, who has also challenged for the IBC featherweight, WBC lightweight, and WBC super featherweight titles. He’s 5-5 in his last 10 contests,
7/12- Gary Buckland (28-4, 9 KO’s) vs. Richard Commey (17-0, 17 KO’s) – York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
After splitting a pair of highly entertaining bouts with Gavin Rees, the former BBBofC British super featherweight title holder fights for the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) lightweight title against the ABU lightweight champ with a perfect KO percentage. Most of Commey’s record is padded, but his last three opponents had respectable (on paper) records.
7/12 – Tony Bellew (21-2-1, 13 KO’s) vs. Julio Cesar Dos Santos (26-2, 23 KO’s) – Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
The WBO International cruiserweight title is on the line for Bellew, as the former British light heavyweight champ makes his second appearance in his new weight class. Dos Santos is the interim WBO Latino cruiserweight title holder.
7/12 – Nathan Cleverly (27-1, 13 KO’s) vs. Alejandro Valori (15-4, 11 KO’s) – Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Former WBO light heavyweight champ Cleverly is also making his second appearance at cruiserweight after winning the vacant WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight belt in his last contest. A win over Valori, the current Argentina cruiserweight champ, would earn him the WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight title.
7/12 – Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KO’s) vs. Matt Skelton (28-8, 23 KO’s) – Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
The undefeated British gold medalist takes a step up against Skelton, a former British champion. Skelton’s lost his last two bouts and hasn’t fought in over a year.
7/12 – Anthony Ogogo (6-0, 3 KO’s) vs. Wayne Reed (10-8, 5 KO’s) – Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Middleweight gold medalist Ogogo takes on the win some-lose some Reed in a scheduled six rounder.
7/12 – Chazz Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KO’s) vs. Tyyab Beale (9-4-1, 3 KO’s) – Riverwinds Community Center, West Deptford, New Jersey, USA
Witherspoon’s had a tough time of it when stepping up to face world class opposition; he’s lost to Chris Arreola, Tony Thompson, and Seth Mitchell, all inside the distance. He faces NJ fighter Bealein his first outing since the Mitchel loss over two years ago.
7/12 – Tim Withspoon Jr. (10-4-1, 2 KO’s) vs. Jeff Lentz (3-0, 1 KO) – Riverwinds Community Center, West Deptford, New Jersey, USA
The other Witherspoon on the card also looks to shake off a loss in his last bout, facing the undefeated Lentz, who doubles as a pro MMA fighter.
7/12 – Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KO’s) vs. Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31 KO’s) – MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
One third of the Kameda brothers team makes his U.S. debut on the Canelo-Lara under card. The youngest of the clan has travelled more than his two older brothers and is the only one to hit the States so far. Making the second defense of the WBO bantamweight title, he meets former title holder Singyu, who holds the WBO International bantamweight title and has his last five wins coming by stoppage.