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Jamel Herring-Lamont Roach Jr. set for November 9th in Fresno

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Roach is Herring’s mandatory challenger

Masayuki Ito v Jamel Herring Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images

WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring is officially set to make the inaugural defense of his title on November 9th, taking on mandatory challenger Lamont Roach Jr. in an ESPN+ headliner in Fresno, California. This matches Roach’s desire to compete on Veterans Day weekend.

The timing isn’t ideal; it’ll have to compete with KSI vs. Logan Paul on DAZN, although considering that this is a pretty niche card to begin with, it probably won’t affect viewership too much.

Herring (20-2, 10 KO) rebounded admirably from losses to Denis Shafikov and Ladarius Miller, turning in a career-best performance to topple Masayuki Ito in May. The WBO immediately ordered him to face Roach (19-0, 7 KO), who defeated Jonathan Oquendo in a final eliminator later that month. Roach has yet to dazzle as a prospect, but then again, neither had Herring before his climactic victory.

As of now, there are no confirmed undercard fights. Considering the viewing competition, I don’t think they’ll be dragging out anyone spectacular.