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Rene Alvarado-Roger Gutierrez, Wanheng Menayothin-Marco John Rementizo join Kovalev-Barrera

Alvarado knocked Gutierrez out in 2017

Andrew Cancio v Rene Alvarado Photo By Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

So it turns out that DAZN’s April 25th card in Indio, which already featured Sergey Kovalev vs. Sullivan Barrera and two well-matched title fights, is actually a wee bit more stacked than we thought. The event will also see Rene Alvarado defend his super featherweight title against WBA #2 Roger Gutierrez and minimumweight king Wanheng Menayothin make his previously revealed U.S. debut against Marco John Remetizio.

Alvarado (32-8, 21 KO), whose brother Felix defends his light flyweight title against DeeJay Kriel on the same card, upset Denis Shafikov in 2017 as part of a seven-fight winning streak that earned him another crack at freshly crowned WBA champ Andrew Cancio, who handed the Nicaraguan the only stoppage loss of his career in 2015. Alvarado wound up running roughshod over the blue-collar Cinderella Man en route to a seventh-round TKO, and now faces another rematch against Venezuela’s Gutierrez (24-3-1, 20 KO), whom he knocked out in 2017.

Gutierrez’s record is mostly fluff, as seen by his losses to Alvarado, Hector Tanajara, and Oscar Duarte, but he came up huge last July by blowing out unbeaten power-puncher Rocky Hernandez in a single round. He looks to have a similar taste for violence as Alvarado, so expect fireworks.

Wanheng (54-0, 18 KO) isn’t in particularly tough against Rementizo (12-3, 9 KO), who turns 21 later this month and has fallen short in his biggest fights to date. In a spot of, well, not irony but what many people think irony is, the aforementioned Kriel had expressed a desire to unify with Wanheng during his time at 105, and now the two are sharing a card against different opponents.

The undercard also features Alberto Machado, Diego De La Hoya, and Shane Mosley Jr.

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