HBO and Golden Boy are “finalizing” a June 21st tripleheader that would feature two world title fights and a clash of undefeated middleweights. We’ve heard about the top two fights, Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith and Alberto Machado vs. Rafael Mensah, before, but they’ve also added Demetrius Andrade vs. Yamaguchi Falcao as an opener.
Munguia (29-0, 25 KO) has already fought three times in 2018 and 10 times overall since 2016. His most recent win was his biggest, a four-round destruction of Sadam Ali that netted him the WBO super welterweight belt. He stepped in for Smith (26-2, 14 KO) on short notice for that fight.
Machado (19-0, 16 KO) traded bombs with Jezreel Corrales last October until a short right hand put the Panamanian down for the count and earned “El Explosivo” the WBA super featherweight title. He faces #1 contender Mensah (31-0, 23 KO), who has never fought outside his native Ghana.
Andrade (25-0, 16 KO), famous for his inactivity and issues with management, won the WBA super welterweight belt last year and promptly vacated it to move to 160, where he beat the alarmingly large Alantez Fox by decision. Falcao (15-0, 7 KO) is a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist who’s been treading water for a while.