WBO champion Mikaela Mayer faces IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche in junior lightweight title unification at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on Friday, November 5, which makes it Saturday, November 6 in the UK and Australia. The scheduled for ten rounds bout headlines Top Rank Boxing fight card. In addition a vacant The Ring belt is on the line.
In co-feature Janibek Alimkhanuly takes on Hassan N’Dam in a ten-rounder at middleweight. On the undercard Adam Lopez meets Adan Ochoa at featherweight.
Mayer vs Hamadouche tickets
Mayer vs Hamadouche tickets to witness all the action at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on Friday, November 5 are on sale. Tickets can be purchased through axs.com starting at $25.
Mayer vs Hamadouche airs live on ESPN+ in the US, starting at approximately 11 pm ET / 8 pm PT. In the UK the event is available on Sky Sports at around 4 am BST, while in Australia the live stream is on Kayo at approx. 1 pm AEST.
“Mikaela Mayer is quickly becoming the face of female boxing, and it’s fitting that she’s part of the first Top Rank on ESPN female world championship main event,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “From the moment she won her world title, she asked for unification fights and the biggest challenges. Hamadouche certainly fits that criteria, and she’s not coming from France to give up her title without one heck of a fight.”
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – junior lightweight title unification
Mikaela Mayer (15-0, 5 KOs), ranked No. 5 on the ESPN.com pound-for-pound list, rocketed to stardom following her appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Less than two years after her August 2017 professional debut, she shined on the Tyson Fury-Tom Schwarz undercard. In July 2020, Mayer blanked Helen Joseph by unanimous decision in the first female main event since the newest incarnation of Top Rank on ESPN boxing premiered in July 2017. On Halloween evening 2020, she dominated longtime champion Ewa Brodnicka to earn the WBO title. She made her first title defense in June at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and turned back two-weight world champion Erica Farias over 10 rounds on Inoue vs Dasmarinas undercard.
Mayer said, “This is the big fight I have wanted and the fight that I’ve been working so hard for. My prior fights were all important because I needed those wins to get me in this position. But THIS is the fight that will rocket my career or set me way back, and I have no intention of going back. The stakes are high, but I’ve worked hard, and I am fully prepared to capitalize on this opportunity to become a unified world champion.”
Maiva Hamadouche (22-1, 18 KOs, from Albi, France, has held the IBF title since November 2016, a run that’s included six successful title defenses and a recent appearance for her home nation at the Tokyo Olympics. She’s the third longest-reigning world champion in female boxing and returns to the pro game coming off a nearly 11-month layoff. Hamadouche knocked out Italian contender Nina Pavlovic last December in Milan, Italy, extending her knockout streak to four.
Hamadouche said, “I will arrive with my belt and leave with hers. My promise is to give Mikaela Mayer a war. She better start preparing to mourn the loss of her title.”
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs Hassan N’Dam
Janibek Alimkhanuly (10-0, 6 KOs) is ranked as the No. 2 middleweight by the WBO and returns to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, the site of his breakthrough victory. On June 26, he battered former world champion Rob Brant until Brant’s corner stopped the fight after 8 rounds. From Zhilandy, Kazakhstan, the 2016 Olympian has knocked out four straight opponents dating back to April 2019.
Hassan N’Dam (38-5, 21 KOs), a 17-year pro from Cameroon, held the WBA middleweight world title in 2017 and challenged for world titles on three other occasions. After a pair of defeats at super middleweight, N’Dam returns to the middleweight ranks, where he most recently defeated the formidable Martin Murray via majority decision.
Adam Lopez vs Adan Ochoa
Featherweight contender Adam Lopez (15-3, 6 KOs), from Glendale, California, will take on veteran Adan Ochoa (12-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Lopez, known as the “Glendale Gatti” for his all-action battles, looks to rebound from June’s razor-thin majority decision loss to former world champion Isaac Dogboe.
Ochoa bounced back from last September’s six-round decision defeat to Edward Vazquez with June’s first-round blitzing of Dominican veteran Angel Luna.
Other bouts featured on Mayer vs Hamadouche undercard are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current lineup can be found below.
Mayer vs Hamadouche fight card
- Mikaela Mayer vs. Maiva Hamadouche, 10 rounds, junior lightweight – Mayer’s WBO title, Hamadouche’s IBF title, vacant Ring Magazine title
- Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Hassan N’Dam, 10 rounds, middleweight
- Adam Lopez vs. Adan Ochoa, 8 rounds, featherweight