The stateside tour continues for one of the sport’s very best.
Japan’s Naoya Inoue is set to make his third defense of at least one bantamweight title as the pound-for-pound entrant faces Philippines’ Michael Dasmarinas. Both boxers made weight for their scheduled 12-round main event Saturday evening, airing live on ESPN and ESPN+ from The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Inoue (20-0, 17KOs) tipped the scale right at the 118-pound divisional limit for his second straight Vegas appearance and third fight overall in the United States. The three-division champ and reigning WBA/IBF bantamweight titlist claimed a 7th round stoppage win over the highly regarded Jason Moloney last Halloween at MGM Grand Conference Center.
Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20KOs) weighed 117.4 pounds for his first career title fight as well as his stateside debut. The veteran southpaw from Bangar, Philippines has not fought since October 2109, coming in a stay-busy win following his 12-round unanimous decision over countryman Kenny Demecillo in March 2019 to become the mandatory challenger to the IBF bantamweight title.
Mikaela Mayer (14-0, 5KOs) makes the first defense of her WBO junior lightweight title as she faces Argentina’s former two-division champ Erica Farias (26-4, 10KOs) in their 10-round co-feature. Mayer—a 2016 U.S. Olympian from Colorado Springs by way of Los Angeles—weighed 129.8 pounds. Farias weighed a career-lightest 128.2 pounds, a full ten pounds lighter than her weight of 138 ¼ pounds in her October 2019 rematch with Jessica McCaskill in a failed bid to regain her WBC junior welterweight title.
Farias previously reigned as the WBC lightweight titlist, having fought as heavy as welterweight when she challenged then-unbeaten undisputed champion Cecilia Braekhus in June 2017.
Mayer won the WBO junior lightweight title in a 10-round decision over previously unbeaten champ Ewa Brodnicka last Halloween, in the co-feature to Inoue’s aforementioned Vegas debut.
Opening the telecast, Adam Lopez weighed 126 pounds on his second attempt for his 10-round regional title fight versus former WBO junior featherweight titlist Isaac Dogboe (21-2, 15KOs), who weighed a trim and ready 125.4 pounds.
Lopez (15-2, 6KOs) initially weighed 126.4 pounds, before stripping down only to come in at 126.2 pounds during Friday's official weigh-in. The battle-tested featherweight returned within the allotted one-hour time limit to successfully make weight, coming in right at the 126-pound featherweight limit.
Below are the weights for the remaining undercard bouts, which air live on ESPN+ beginning 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Lindolfo Delgado (11-0, 11KOs), Monterrey, Mexico, 141.6 pounds vs. Salvador Briceno (17-6, 11KOs), Guadalajara, 141.2 pounds—8 rounds, junior welterweight
Eric Puente (5-0, 3KOs), Vista, California, 136 pounds vs. Jose Antonio Meza (7-5, 2KOs), Durango, Mexico, 136.6 pounds—6 rounds, lightweight
Wilfred ‘J.J.’ Mariano (3-0, 2KOs), Reno, Nevada, 140 pounds vs. Omar Rosario (3-0, 1KO), Caguas, Puerto Rico, 140.5 pounds—4 rounds, junior welterweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox