SecondsOut Boxing News – Main News

Bam Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

Boxing fans who tune in to DAZN on June 25 can expect to get their money’s worth and more, as recently crowned WBC super flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) defends against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 KOs), his mandatory challenger. The card will take place at Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, Texas and will feature three more world title fights, as well as bouts involving up-and-coming young prospects.

The main event pits an incredibly talented young fighter in Rodriguez against hard-hitting former champion Rungvisai. Rodriguez will have a height and reach advantage, but he lacks the seasoning that Rungvisai has at super flyweight. In his previous fight, Rodriguez knocked down and dispatched a seasoned former champion to Carlos Cuadras in 12 rounds to win his first world title. Although inexperienced in the weight class, Rodriguez has shown he has the skills to compete with the best super flyweight fighters. Against Rungvisai, however, he will have to deal with a fighter who hits much harder than Cuadras. The key to Rodriguez’s victory will be using his movement and his Rungvisai outbox over 12 rounds, maybe even landing a knockdown like he also did against Cuadras.

This will be Rungvisai’s first fight since beating former strawweight champion Kwanthai Sithmorseng 15 months ago. Rungvisai faces an opponent who moves well and can land shots from awkward angles. Plus, he’ll face a crowd that will be all against him as the fight unfolds in Rodriguez’s hometown. Rungvisai will be the underdog in this contest, but he has already upset the odds with back-to-back wins over Roman Gonzalez. We can expect Rungvisai to use his power to slowly break down Rodriguez, who is still getting used to super flyweight. By applying consistent pressure, Rungvisai can consistently land his power shots and potentially knock Rodriguez out.

This fight is a worthy main event, but those who tune in early can expect to see three more fights that would also make great headliners.

Flying under the radar is a fight between Murodjon ‘MJ’ Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs) and Ronny Rios (33-3, 16 KOs) for the WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles. In Akhmadaliev, you have a well-educated fighter who earned a title early in his career. His last fight against Jose Velasquez took a lot more effort than expected, given that it was staged on short notice. He will be looking to put that performance behind him with this fight. Rios earned a title shot after a career comeback with wins over Diego De La Hoya and Oscar Negrete. However, he will be coming off a 16-month layoff as well as a bout with COVID. It’s a great matchup between a unified champion and a top 10 super bantamweight that fans won’t want to miss. The winner of this fight could go on to meet Stephen Fulton for the undisputed championship.

Fans also shouldn’t miss the rematch between Julio Cesar Martinez (18-2, 14 KOs, 2 NCs) and McWilliams Arroyo (21-4, 16 KOs, 1 NCs). Both have been mandated to fight by the WBC and their flyweight title will be on the line. Their first fight had a lot of drama as both men were knocked down in the first round. Arroyo was then cut due to a header clash and dropped in the second round. At the start of the third round, Arroyo’s cut was reviewed and he was declared unfit to continue, making the fight a No Contest. Since the fight, Martinez moved up to super flyweight to challenge Roman Gonzalez, a fight he lost via unanimous decision. In contrast, Arroyo has not fought since the first fight. The winner could then unite with Sunny Edwards (IBF), Artem Dalakian (WBA) or Junto Nakatani (WBO). Expect to see a high volume of punches thrown from both fighters and for this fight to not go the distance.

The fourth title fight on this card will see Alma Ibarra (10-1, 5 KOs) challenge Jessica McCaskill (11-2, 4 KOs) for the undisputed world welterweight championship. This will be McCaskill’s third defense of her titles which she won against Cecilia Braekhus in 2020. Following a loss to Katie Taylor, McCaskill enjoyed a six-game winning streak that saw her become unified champion in super- lightweight in addition to being undisputed at welterweight.

His adversary, however, is brave. In 2020, Ibarra was kidnapped in Mexico by people disguised as cops. She was finally rescued after being detained for more than 20 hours. She continued to box after the horrific incident and won fights against former title challengers Kandi Wyatt and Maricela Cornejo. Both women are coming off stoppage victories and a win for either can lead to more lucrative fights in the future.

In a battle of undefeated prospects, Raymond Ford (11-0-1, 6 KOs) takes on local fighter Richard Medina (13-0, 7 KOs). Ford will be looking to put his controversial win over Edward Vazquez behind him and cement himself in the top 15 at featherweight. Medina will look to do the same while establishing itself on a mainstream boxing platform.

Marc Castro (7-0, 5 KOs) continues his run as a prospect against Omar Castillo (7-4, 4 KOs) and Nikita Ababiy (11-0, 6 KOs) returns from a 20-month layoff to face Noe Larios Jr (14-1, 6 KOs) to complete the card.

Comments are closed.