Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez fight date, start time, card, and odds for the 2023 boxing fight
Former IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez is ready to hold gold once again—the 30-year-old faces 25-year-old Melvin Lopez for the vacant belt on August 12.
Rodriguez vs. Lopez emanates from the M.G.M. National Harbor Hotel & Casino in Maryland. It airs on Showtime in the U.S.
A 2010 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, Rodriguez turned pro in 2012. In 2018 he beat Paul Butler for the title but lost the belt in 2019 against Naoya Inoue.
After failing to capture interim gold in his next fight, Rodriguez has won back-to-back fights, his last bout a win in October against Gary Antonio Russell. “Manny” is now ready to reclaim the top spot within bantamweight.
“We’re coming to knock Melvin Lopez out,” Rodriguez said in a pre-fight training camp. “I will dominate the fight by the sixth, seventh, or eighth round. It’s going to be just a matter of time.
“We aim to drive him back because we know he has an aggressive style and reputation. We will prevent that by fighting in the middle of the ring or pinning him against the ropes. If we have to adjust, I’m confident we’ll still be successful.”
Lopez turned pro in 2015. The Nicaraguan is on an eight-fight win streak, with seven coming via KO/TKO. His last bout was a split-decision win in December against Jobert Alvarez.
Here’s all you need to know about Rodriguez vs. Lopez, from time, channel, odds, and card information.
Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez fight card
- Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez; for the IBF bantamweight title
- Gary Antuanne Russell vs. Kent Cruz; super lightweights
- Travon Marshall vs. Gabriel Maestre; welterweights
When is Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez?
Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez is on August 12. The main card starts at 9 p.m. E.T. or 6 p.m. P.T. The main event fighters should make their way to the ring around 11:15 p.m. E.T. or 8:15 p.m. P.T., depending on how long the undercard fights last. Here’s how that translates to different timezones globally:
Region Date Main Card Start Time Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
U.S.A. and Canada (E.T.) Saturday, July 15, 9 p.m. E.T. 11:15 p.m. ET
USA and Canada (P.T.) Saturday, July 15, 6 p.m. P.T. 8:15 p.m. P.T.
U.K. and Ireland Sunday, July 16, 2 a.m. BST 4:15 a.m. BST
Australia Sunday, July 16, 11 a.m. AEST 1:15 p.m. AEST
How to watch Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez
Region T.V. channel Live streaming
U.S.A. Showtime —
Canada — T.B.A.
UK and Ireland — T.B.A.
Australia — T.B.A.
Rodriguez vs. Lopez will be on Showtime in the U.S. Viewers can stream Showtime via Amazon Fire T.V., Android T.V., Apple T.V., Roku, Xbox O.N.E., a laptop, or any mobile or tablet device.
Where is Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez?
Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez emanates inside M.G.M. National Harbor Hotel & Casino in Maryland. The arena in the casino can hold up to 4,000 people.
Emmanuel Rodriguez vs. Melvin Lopez betG.O.A.T.ds
Per Caesars, Emmanuel Rodriguez is the -500 favorite, while Melvin Lopez is the +380 underdog.
Per Sports Interaction, Emmanuel Rodriguez is the -714 favorite in Canada, while Melvin Lopez is the +450 underdog.
Emmanuel Rodriguez record, bio
- Nationality: Puerto Rican
- Born: August 8, 1992
- Height: 5-6
- Reach: 66.5 inches
- Total fights: 23
- Record: 21-2 with 13 wins via knockout
Melvin Lopez record, bio
- Nationality: Nicaraguan
- Born: November 12, 1997
- Height: 5-6
- Reach: 68 inches
- Total fights: 30
- Record: 29-1 with 19 wins via knockout