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On Saturday, July 15, 2017, HBO Boxing After Dark heads to the Forum in Inglewood, California as Miguel Berchelt takes on Takashi Miura in the first defense of his WBC Super Featherweight title.
The bout will headline a three-fight card that includes a WBA Super Featherweight title fight between Jezreel Corrales and Robinson Castellanos in the co-main event.
The telecast will begin at 7:00pm PT with a scheduled 12-round Light Heavyweight fight between Joe Smith Jr. and Sullivan Barrera.
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Miguel Berchelt vs. Takashi Miura, 12 rounds, for Berchelt’s WBC junior lightweight title
In what was what was pegged as a “fight of the year contender” on paper when it was made, Miguel Berchelt (32-1 ,28 KOs) vs Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24 KOs), turned out to be a really good one sided fight.
Berchelt dropped an off balance Miura in the first round and never looked back. Berchelt dominated the action throughout the fight getting the better of most all exchanges. That is not without saying Miura didn’t land his share of crowd –oooooing punches, but it was not nearly enough.
The last two rounds of the fight had arguably the most action. In the end Berchelt superior boxing ability and power carried him to a twelve round unanimous decision on the judges scorecard 116-112, 119-108,120-107.
Jezreel Corrales vs. Robinson Castellanos, 12 rounds, for Corrales’ WBA junior lightweight title
Robinson Castellanos was looking to capitalize on his most recent victory over Yuriorkis Gamboa and was seeking to win the WBA Super Featherweight Title from Jezereel Corrales. The fight had great action from the beginning as both men had their moments.
The ebb and flow of the fight saw both men carry multiple rounds in succession and also trade knockdowns. An accidental head-butt caused the ringside physician to advise the referee to stop the fight thirty-one seconds into the tenth round. At the time of the stoppage the judges’ score cards awarded a unanimous decision to Corrales 94-94,94-93, 96-92
Joe Smith Jr. vs. Sullivan Barrera, 12 rounds, Light Heavyweights
Joe Smith Jr. 23-2 (19 KOs) had his WBC Intercontinental Lightweight Title on the line as he faced Sullivan Barrera 20-1 (14 KOs) . Smith’s power advantage showed itself in the first round as he dropped Barrera with a left hook. The fight had its fair share of great exchanges which Barrera got the better of.
Barrera was the more fluid fighter and had a more versatile offensive attack Smith couldn’t match. Although Smith’s power kept Barrera true the entire fight, Barrera’s skill propelled him to a clear twelve round unanimous decision 96-93, 97-92, and 97-92 on the judge’s scorecard.
Mercito Gesta vs. Martin Honorio, 10 rounds, Lightweights
Mercito Gesta 30-1-2 (16 KOs) took on Martin Honorio 33-10-1 (16 KOs) in a 10 round fight in the Lightweight Division. Honorio came out the aggressor applying pressure while Gesta seemed content to study his opponent. From the second round on the fight became academic, as Honorio applied pressure but was met with the clean, hard punches in return for his efforts.
The speed advantage for Gesta was too much as he set up angles to land and move before Honorio could land anything of significance. Referee Thomas Degler called a halt to the bout in the eighth round after Gesta landed a straight left which wobbled Honorio. Gesta improved to 31-1-2 (17 KOs) behind the eighth round knockout.
Horacio Garcia vs. Diuhl Olguin, 8 rounds, Featherweights
Horacio Garcia of Guadalajara, MX 30-2-1 (22 KOs) faced Diuhl Olguin also of Guadalajara, MX 10-7-2 (9 KOs). Garcia opened the fight working behind the jab and investing in the body. In the second round Garcia was knocked down and spent the rest of the round trying to survive Olguin’s onslaught.
Garcia managed to climb in way back into the fight narrowing the scorecard. If there was any doubt to who was winning the fight, it was erased in the eighth and final round by a Olguin right uppercut. Garcia was dropped hard and struggled to fully recover the rest of the round. Olguin took home a unanimous eight round decision.
Ryan Garcia vs. Mario Macias, 4 or 6 rounds, Lightweights
Ryan Garcia 10-0 (9 KOs) of Los Angeles had a short night as he ran through Mario Macias 27-22-1 (14 KOs) of Mexico with ease. Garcia dropped Macias twice in the first round.
After the second knockdown referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 1:14 of the first giving Garcia a knockout victory.
Manny Robles Jr. vs. Christian Esquivel, 8 rounds, Featherweights
Manny Robles Jr. dominated a game Christian Esquivel in route to a fifth round TKO victory. There were many good exchanges throughout the fight but the power and skill advantage was evident for Robles. Robles improves to 13-0, 5 KOs.
Horacio Garcia vs. Diuhl Olguin, 8 rounds, Super Flyweights
Diuhl Olguin defeats Horacio Garcia by eight-round unanimous decision.
Jaime Arboleda vs. Recky Dulay, 6 rounds, Super Featherweights
Jaime Arboleda loses by knockout to Recky Dulay by knockout in Round 3.