The full undercard for the July 12 Showtime pay-per-view event headlined by Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara has been announced, with notable names such as Juan Manuel Lopez, Abner Mares, and Mauricio Herrera part of the bill.
Lopez (34-3, 31 KO) will be taking on prospect Francisco Vargas (19-0-1, 13 KO). Vargas, 29, is actually only slightly younger than the 30-year-old Lopez, but obviously has far less miles on him than his Puerto Rican opponent. JuanMa is coming off of a big win over Daniel Ponce De Leon, which has given his career new life. Vargas last fought on March 8, beating Abner Cotto over 10 rounds.
Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO) will finally return from his first pro loss, a stunning first round knockout at the hands of Jhonny Gonzalez last August. The 28-year-old Mares, who has held titles at 118, 122, and 126 pounds, will face Puerto Rico's Jonathan Oquendo (24-3, 16 KO). The 30-year-old Oquendo is a solid fighter but more gatekeeper than contender, and this is a pretty standard "get-well" matchup for Mares, and could also be an exciting action fight.
Herrera (20-4, 7 KO) will get another Showtime opportunity following his debatable March loss to Danny Garcia in Puerto Rico. The 34-year-old veteran will be facing Johan Perez (19-1-1, 13 KO), who has won four straight since a technical decision loss to Pablo Cesar Cano, including victories over veteran Steve Forbes, Paul Spadafora, and upcoming Showtime main event B-side Yoshihiro Kamegai.
Also slated for action, likely on SHO Extreme, is WBO bantamweight titlist Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KO), the youngest and perhaps best of the fighting Kameda clan. He'll be defending against Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31 KO) in what might actually be the best undercard fight of the night.