Ito vs Herring : A junior lightweight boxing title showdown headlines a prominent Memorial Day Weekend card tonight from Osceola Heritage Park that will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10 p.m.
Last summer, Masayuki Ito won the WBO title last in Kissimmee and he’s back for a title defense against 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team captain and U.S Marine Corps veteran Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring.
“I am excited to return to the United States to defend my world title,” Ito told ESPN Top Rank last week. “I will be at my best, as I know Herring is a tough and experienced fighter. While I ultimately want to unify the 130-pound division, Herring is the task at hand. There is no sense in talking about the future until I take care of business (tonight).”
Masayuki Ito and Jamel Herring are official for tomorrow night’s ESPN main event from Kissimmee, Florida, with Ito’s WBO 130-pound title on the line.
Ito weighed in at 129.4 and Herring, a first-time title challenger, at 129.6, both below the limit. It’s a fight our staff is split on, for what it’s worth.
The ESPN co-feature will see former two-division titleholder Jose Pedraza return in a lightweight matchup against Antonio Lozada Jr. Pedraza weighed in at 134.8, with Lozada at 134.4. Pedraza-Lozada is set for 10 rounds.
While the ESPN doubleheader goes live at 10 pm ET, the ESPN+ prelims start at 6:30 pm ET, and there are some interesting fights lined up for that portion of the card.
Ito will be looking to make a second successful defense of the belt he won last July in Kissimmee against Christopher Diaz, while Herring is going after a world title for the first time in his pro career.
The ESPN card will also feature the return of two-division titleholder Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, who will face Antonio Lozada Jr in a 10-round lightweight fight.