CARSON, CALIF. – The non-televised undercard for the highly anticipated Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castaño rematch will feature a slew of evenly-match showdowns, top contenders and rising prospects on Saturday, May 14 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Highlighting the undercard is a middleweight rematch between Brandon Lynch and “Madman” Marcos Hernández in a 10-round fight after the two fought to a draw in January 2021, plus a lightweight duel that will see Jerry Pérez take on unbeaten Erick Lanzas Jr. in an eight-round showdown.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is topped by unified WBC, WBA and IBF World Champion Jermell Charlo and WBO World Champion Brian Castaño meeting in a rematch of one of 2021’s most significant fights as they once again look to earn undisputed status at 154-pounds for the first time in the four belt era.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Lions Only Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased through AXS.com.
The non-televised undercard will also include Filipino contender Marlon Tapales (35-3, 18 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout against Mexico’s José Estrella (23-18-1, 16 KOs), Cuban heavyweight Geovany Bruzón (6-1, 5 KOs) battling Louisiana’s Steven Lyons (5-8-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round fight, heavyweight prospect Gurgen Hovhannisyan (2-0, 2 KOs) competing in a six-round attraction and Oak Hills, California native José Pérez (9-1-2, 4 KOs) in a six-round featherweight duel versus Redlands, California’s Anthony Chávez (9-2-1, 3 KOs).
Rounding out the lineup will be unbeaten lightweight prospect Anthony Cuba (3-0-1, 2 KOs) taking on fellow unbeaten Óscar Acevedo (7-0) in a six-round showdown, the pro debut of José Mejia Jr. in a four-round welterweight attraction taking on Michael Honesto (0-1) and a pair of heavyweights making their pro debuts as Los Angeles-native Luciano Miguel battles Bakersfield’s Adrián Silva in a four-round fight.
The 30-year-old Lynch (10-1-1, 8 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since he and Hernandez fought to a split-draw on January 30, 2021. A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Lynch is now based out of Los Angeles as he looks to settle the score with Hernández. Since dropping his third career bout, Lynch is unbeaten, with the only blemish coming against Hernández. Known for challenging top contenders from 154, 160 and 168 pounds, Hernandez (15-5-2, 3 KOs) most recently lost a November duel against former super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell. A Fresno, California native, Hernández has delivered the first career defeats to rising prospects Armando Resendiz, Kevin Newman and Thomas Hill, and also owns a draw against former unified champion Jeison Rosario.
Trained alongside four-division champion Leo Santa Cruz and his family, Pérez (13-1, 10 KOs) will look to bounce back from an April 2021 defeat against top lightweight contender Frank Martin when he steps into the ring on May 14. The 29-year-old from Oak Hills, California had put together a three-fight knockout streak heading into the Martin fight, which included a 2020 KO of then once-beaten Joshua Zuniga. He takes on the 22-year-old Lanzas (10-0, 7 KOs), who has won four of his last five fights inside of the distance. Originally from Nicaragua, he now fights out of Homestead, Florida and most recently stopped Walter Raul Saravia in four rounds in January.
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