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Ito vs Herring: Miguel Berchelt will attend fight, likely to face winner in unification

Miguel Berchelt will be in Florida next weekend.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Next Saturday, May 25, Masayuki Ito will defend his WBO super featherweight title against Jamel Herring in an ESPN main event from Kissimmee, Florida, and WBC titleholder Miguel Berchelt will be in attendance, according to Top Rank.

OK, they hint at it like it’s some sort of question, but Berchelt (36-1, 32 KO) will be there, fresh off of his May 11 defense against Francisco Vargas.

After that victory, Berchelt said that he wanted to unify, specifically mentioning the Ito-Herring winner, as all fighters are with Top Rank, unlike PBC’s Gervonta Davis or Matchroom’s Tevin Farmer, the other titleholders at 130.

Ito (25-1-1, 13 KO) won the WBO belt last summer in Kissimmee, outpointing Christopher Diaz to claim the then-vacant title. He defended on Dec. 30 in Japan, stopping Evgeny Chuprakov in seven rounds.

Herring (19-2, 10 KO) is a former U.S. Olympian, and at 33 he’s getting what could be his one and only crack at a world title. He moved down to 130 pounds after a couple of losses at 135, and has looked good in his last two fights.

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