Derrieck Cuevas travels to Panama to take on Alberto Mosquera on Aug. 4
Derrieck Cuevas will headline the next All Star Boxing card in a fight against Alberto Mosquera on August 4, promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. announced Tuesday. The 10-round bout will take place at the Coliseo de Combates in Mosquera’s hometown of Panama City, Panama.
The Cuevas-Mosquera fight will stream live on ESPN+ in the United States and on ESPN Knockout throughout Latin America.
“We are happy to be back in Panama City after a successful show this past April 14,” said Zabala. “This series billed (as) Panama Fight Night II is something we continue to grow with the return of power-puncher Derrieck Cuevas, who is making noise in the talent-filled welterweight division.”
Cuevas (25-1-1, 17 knockouts), who resides in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, fought on the April 14 card, knocking out once-beaten Damian Rodriguez in the second round. Cuevas has won his last two fights since suffering the only blemish of his career at the hands of Damian Bonelli by split decision in December 2020.
The 28-year-old Cuevas believes Mosquera is in the way as he attempts to enter the upper echelon of the 147-pound division.
“Mosquera likes to talk a lot, me on the other hand, I speak with my punches,” said Cuevas. “I’m excited to headline this event. Expect a big performance from me on August 4.”
The 36-year-old Mosquera (28-5-2, 16 KOs) defeated journeyman Leonardo Espinal by unanimous decision in his last bout on February 24. The win over Espinal took place almost eight months after losing by knockout to Diego Carmona.
Mosquera has lost to Rashidi Ellis, which took place in June 2018, and to Charlie Navarro and Sammy Vasquez.
“What we like about this fight is (that) a win gives me a world ranking again,” said Mosquera. “Last fight, after (Mosquera) knocked out my partner, I stepped in the ring to call him out because these are the types of challenges (I) like.”
In the co-feature, fringe bantamweight contender Azael Villar (19-2-3, 15 KOs) of 24 de Diciembre, Panama will face an opponent to be determined in a eight-round bout.
The 29-year-old Villar was knocked out by once-beaten prospect Ayumu Hanada in the seventh round of his last bout on January 6, snapping a five-bout winning streak.
Five additional bouts will round out the All Star Boxing card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]