BOXING NEWS: Top Rank welcomes back fans at June events

The long sports nightmare is now over – especially for boxing fans. In this week’s boxing news, Top Rank Boxing announced their fight scheduled for June, which will be fully open for fans to watch in person and the new Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas will play host.

The matchups, including Shakur Stevenson vs. Jeremiah Nakathila (June 12), Naoya Inouev vs. Michael Dasmarinas (June 19), and Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani (June 26) headline Top Rank on ESPN events welcoming spectators back ringside.

Almost 16 months since Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder in front of a sold-out arena in Las Vegas, Top Rank, following Nevada’s recent end to many of its pandemic restrictions, returns to full capacity with June’s trio of events at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. That boxing news was music to the ears of fans yearning to return ringside.

The three-week run commences June 12 with former featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs), who will fight Namibian contender Jeremiah Nakathila (21-1, 17 KOs) vacant WBO interim junior lightweight world title. In the 10-round junior welterweight co-feature, former two-weight world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (28-3, 13 KOs) fights the undefeated Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs).

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Shakur Stevenson WBO world featherweight. Photo: USAToday Sport

One week later, WBA/IBF bantamweight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs) defends his world titles against mandatory challenger Michael “Hot and Spicy” Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20 KOs), Mikaela Mayer (14-0, 5 KOs) makes the first defense of her WBO female junior lightweight world title against Erica Farias (26-4, 10 KOs), and NABF featherweight champion Adam Lopez (15-2, 6 KOs) takes on former junior featherweight world champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (21-2, 15 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

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The action concludes June 26, as former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) fights hard-charging Japanese contender Masayoshi Nakatani (19-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round lightweight bout, and former middleweight world champion Rob “Bravo” Brant (26-2, 18 KOs) battles the unbeaten Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (9-0, 5 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.