Jamie Munguia vs Maciej Sulęcki is back on for the summer after their original date fell through.
Munguia was set to face Sulecki in a middleweight contest on April 23 before the latter had to withdraw due to an injury. D’Mitrius Ballard was briefly installed as a replacement before he, too, suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw.
Many considered Sulecki to be the more interesting opponent for Munguia, and all things considered Sulecki is a serviceable test for his third fight at a new weight class. Munguia’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya expressed his excitement for the return of one of his young stars.
“Although there have been several changes, we are happy because things are back on track for Jaime Munguia’s return. I’m confident that he will deliver a tremendous performance against Maciej Sulecki and show everyone why he deserves an opportunity to become a two-division world champion.”
Munguia echoed Oscar’s enthusiasm for his ring return.
“I feel very excited to be returning on June 19th. I know it will be a tremendous fight against Maciej Sulecki. I think he is a great fighter, and I will make sure to deliver a great fight to all the fans..”
Sulecki is coming off a stay-busy win in Poland against Sasha Yengoyan in August 2020. Prior to that win, Sulecki challenged for Demetrius Andrade’s middleweight title, but was knocked down early and dominated in a unanimous decision loss. Sulecki has a win over co-feature participant Gabriel Rosado, a fight that he won by unanimous decision, but saw him hit the deck and barely survive in round 9.
The co-feature matches Rosado with Bektemir Melikuziev in a super middleweight bout. Melikuziev was last in the ring with Morgan Fitch on the undercard of Diaz-Rakhimov, winning by third-round knockout. That fight itself was a replacement of sorts for a matchup with Kovalev which was cancelled after the former light heavyweight champion tested positive for a banned substance.
Hopefully this fight will provide more action than Rosado’s last bout against Daniel Jacobs, a sure entry into the hall of fame for unwatchable fights. Honestly, I have much higher hopes for this one. Rosado has shown in the past that he’s not one to back down when outgunned, although he is really up against it with a strong, vicious body-puncher in “Bek the Bully.” Both of these fights should deliver in terms of entertainment value.
Also on the show, Ibeth Zamora (32-6, 12 KO) will defend her WBC flyweight title against Marlen Esparza (9-1, 1 KO), and Blair Cobbs (14-0-1, 9 KO) will return against Brad Solomon (29-3, 9 KO) in the opener of the DAZN broadcast.
On Facebook before the DAZN fights:
- Raul Curiel vs Ferdinand Kerobyan
- Alexis Rocha vs James Bacon
- Aaron McKenna vs Carlos Ortiz
- Fiodor Czerkaszyn vs TBA
- Evan Sanchez vs Hector Coronado
- Chris Ousley vs Sanny Duversonne
- Manuel Flores vs TBA