Full Card And Date Revealed For Rebooked July Jamel Herring-Jonathan Oquendo Fight
Two stars will look to finally dust off some ring rust after spending a few weeks taking care of themselves.
Top Rank announced that Jamel Herring and Mikaela Mayer will be back in the ring on July 14. Taking place inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Herring will defend his WBO Junior-Lightweight Title against Jonathan Oquendo while Mayer will face Helen Joseph.
Both fighters backed out of their bouts as a result of COVID-19. Mayer (12-0) had to back out of her fight on June 9 as a result of testing positive. She ended up in contact with Shakur Stevenson’s trainer Kay Koroma, forcing him to not be in Stevenson’s corner. Herring (21-2) tested positive before his proposed July 2 bout.
“Jamel and Mikaela wanted to come back as soon as possible, and we were happy to oblige them,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “They are healthy and ready to put forth tremendous performances.”
Including the main and co-main events of the evening, here is the full card for the July 14 event, airing on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET:
- Main Event – Jamel Herring (c) v. Jonathan Oquendo – WBO Junior-Lightweight TItle
Herring turned professional in 2012. The 34-year-old ended up beating Masayuki Ito in May 2019 for the WBO Junior-Lightweight Title. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Lamont Roach in November. Riding a five-fight win streak, Herring was rumored to face Carl Frampton in June, but travel restrictions due to the coronavirus halted those plans.
“I am back, healthy and 100 percent ready to defend my world title,” Herring stated. “Oquendo is a tough opponent who realizes this is his last chance to win a world title. He’s coming for what I have and I’m not going to cut any corners. I will return home to celebrate with my family and my belt.”
Oquendo (31-6) is 2-1 in his last three fights. The 36-year-old last fought in November, beating Charles Huerta via unanimous decision. It was a rebound following a loss to Roach in May 2019.
“We know Jamel is a slippery, tall, left-handed fighter who has an advantage in range, but we are working for that and we know that we will have no problems,” Oquendo stated. “My company knows how hard I fight and how hard I train. Fans like Jonathan Oquendo because he makes for great fights.”
- Co-Main Event – Mikaela Mayer v. Helen Joseph
The 29-year-old Mayer was supposed to fight Melissa Hernandez inside the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in March. The fight and card she was on became one of the first New York events to be postponed by the coronavirus. She last fought in October, beating Alejandra Soledad Zamora via corner retirement. The Olympic boxer, who won bronze in the 2012 World Championships, became one of the first active competitors to test positive for the virus.
“After having two fights canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am relieved and excited to be back and grateful to Top Rank for getting me back on a card so quickly,” Mayer stated. “I’m not the fighter you last saw in October. I’ve had three camps to peak myself and grow as an athlete. A whole new fighter is stepping in that ring on July 14, so I hope Helen is ready.”
Joseph lost her last bout to Delfine Persoon back in November via unanimous decision. Before that fight, she was 5-0-1 in her last six. The 31-year-old is a former Intercontinental Bantamweight Title.
The undercard will include:
- Former MMA fighter Clay Collard (7-2-3) fighting in his fourth fight in 2020. With an MMA career that spanned from 2011-2019, which included a small run in the UFC, Collard joined the boxing world in 2017. His last fight was a split decision win in June, beating David Kaminsky via split decision.
He faces Lorawnt T Nelson, another MMA fighter. Going 8-7 in a career that went from 2011-2018, Nelson (5-3) is coming off of a loss against Shawn McCalman back in January. The loss ended a three-fight win streak.
- Luis Melendez (8-1) v. Edward Vazquez (7-0)
- Ruben Cervera (11-2) v. Clay Burns (9-8-2)
- William Villa (4-0) v. Eduardo Sanchez (2-2)