Naoya Inoue will have some solid support for his June 19th mandatory title defense against Michael Dasmarinas, as Mikaela Mayer will defend her title against Erica Farias in the ESPN co-feature while Adam Lopez faces Isaac Dogboe in the top ESPN+ prelim.
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Former Olympian Mayer (14-0, 5 KO) will be making the first defense of her WBO super featherweight title, which she took from Ewa Brodnicka via dominant decision last October. She faces a former longtime lightweight and super lightweight champion in Argentina’s Farias (26-4, 10 KO), who’s coming off a pair of losses to Jessica McCaskill
Mayer said, “I am excited for my first title defense as WBO world champion. Although I had sought a unification bout, Farias is a worthy opponent who will make for an entertaining, action-packed fight. She brings excellent credentials and has only lost to some of the best women boxing today. I’m ready and eager to pass another test and showcase the skills that will eventually make me your undisputed champion.”
“Blunose” Lopez is 2-0 since an admirable last-minute effort against Oscar Valdez, gritting his way through excellent battles with Louie Coria and Jason Sanchez. He’ll presumably have a willing dance partner in former super bantamweight champ Dogboe (21-2, 15 KO), last seen stopping Chris Avalos in his featherweight debut. Expect this one to steal the show.
Lopez said, “Dogboe is a former world champion who always comes to fight. But I’m a different fighter now, and I know what a win would mean for my career. I’m coming to Las Vegas to steal the show.”