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Melvin Lopez vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez fight time, live stream, more for bantamweight bout

Melvin Lopez and Emmanuel Rodriguez are set to face off in a bantamweight bout on Saturday, August 12. We break down when the fight starts and how to watch the full card.

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Former world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (21-2, 13KOs) will attempt to win the vacant IBF bantamweight championship against top contender Melvin Lopez (29-1, 19KOs). The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds and will take place Saturday, August 12 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

How to watch Melvin Lopez vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez

SHOWTIME will handle the broadcast starting at 9 p.m. ET and the main event will start with the ring walks around 10:30 p.m. ET

Fighter history

Rodriguez has previously held the IBF bantamweight title. He won the belt on May 5, 2018, with a unanimous decision win over Paul Butler in London. He lost the title on his second defense when he was knocked out in the second round by Naoya Inoue. Rodriguez also lost an opportunity to win the WBC interim bantamweight title when he lost a close split decision to Reymart Gaballo on Dec 19, 2020. Since then Rodriguez has had wins over Roberto Sanchez Cantu and Gary Antonio Russell.

Lopez, 25, has fought mostly second-tier opponents for much of his career. The Nicaraguan-born fighter won the NABF bantamweight title on May 24, 2019, with a knockout win over David Reyes Cota, but lost to Jose Velasquez on October 25, 2019, in an attempt to win the WBO International bantamweight title. Since then Lopez has been on an eight-fight win streak.

Fight odds

Rodriguez is a -700 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Lopez comes into the fight as a +450 underdog.

Full card for Melvin Lopez vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez

  • Main event: Melvin Lopez vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez, 12 rounds, for vacant IBF bantamweight title
  • Gary Antuanne Russell vs. Kent Cruz, 10 rounds, junior welterweight
  • Travon Marshall vs. Gabriel Maestre, 10 rounds, welterweight
  • Marcus Browne vs. Adrian Taylor, 10 rounds, cruiserweight
  • Jose Benavidez Jr. vs. Sladan Janjanin, 8 rounds, middleweight
  • Michael Angeletti vs. Jonathan Lopez Marcano, 10 rounds, bantamweight
  • Jesse Hart vs. Elio Heraldo Trosch, 10 rounds, light heavyweight