It’s a busy day of boxing on Friday and it wraps in the evening with a championship bout in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Matchroom and Canelo Promotions put this card together and it will be topped by Erika Cruz defending her WBA featherweight title against Melissa Esquivel. The event will air on DAZN. The main card gets started at 8 p.m. ET and main event ring walks for Cruz-Esquivel are expected in the 11 p.m. hour.
Cruz is 13-1 and making her first defense of the title. She claimed it with a technical decision upset over Jelena Mrdjenovich in April. The fight went to the cards in the seventh round due to cuts and Cruz was dominating with a clean sweep. Since losing in the second fight of her career, she’s won 12 straight and is currently Ring Magazine’s third-ranked featherweight.
Esquivel is 12-1-1 and this is a step-up in competition. She ranks fifth in the WBA’s rankings and last fought in April. She beat Marisol Corona via unanimous decision after ten rounds. She’s won three straight fights since a loss and a draw in 2019.
Cruz is a -800 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook while Esquivel is +550. DK is also offering odds on the co-feature of Angel Fierro vs. Cristian Bielma. Fierro is putting his WBO NABO lightweight title on the line and also is a -800 favorite while Bielma is +550. DraftKings Sportsbook is also offering odds on a super middleweight bout between Raul Salomon and Aaron Silva. Salomon is a -235 favorite while Silva is a +190 underdog.
Full Card for Erika Cruz vs. Melissa Esquivel
- Main event: Erika Cruz vs. Melissa Esquivel, 10 rounds, for Cruz’s WBA women’s featherweight title
- Angel Fierro vs. Cristian Bielma, 10 rounds, for Fierro’s WBO NABO lightweight title
- Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs. Javier Franco, 8 rounds, welterweight
- Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela vs. Juan Jimenez, 8 rounds, junior welterweight
- Raul Salomon vs. Aaron Silva, 8 rounds, super middleweight
- Jesus Arechiga Valdez vs. Jose Juan Valdez Morales, 8 rounds, super bantamweight
- Ruben Gustavo Vega vs. Victor de Jesus Albino, 8 rounds, bantamweight
- Fabian Gonzalez Murillo vs. Jorge Jair Mejia, 4 rounds, flyweight
- Jimmy Brenes vs. Herbert Cruz Lopez, 4 rounds, welterweight