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.