Junior lightweight Mikaela Mayer, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, turned pro last August and has appeared on the live streams of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN undercards. But for her next fight, Mayer will make her television debut, Top Rank announced on Wednesday.
Mayer will fight Edina Kiss in a scheduled six-round bout on Aug. 25 (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET) at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
The bout will be part of the telecast that will include two world title fights: lightweight titleholder Raymundo Beltran's first defense against former junior lightweight world titlist Jose Pedraza in the main event and junior featherweight titlist Isaac Dogboe's first defense against Hidenori Otake.
"Fighting live on ESPN is a dream come true and something I have been looking forward to since I made the decision to leave the amateur ranks and turn pro with Top Rank," Mayer said. "I gave up my dream of an Olympic gold medal to step onto a bigger stage and to help take women's boxing to the next level. Now, after years of fighting out of the limelight, I get to showcase my skills on the greatest sports network in the world."
Mayer (6-0, 3 KOs), 28, of Los Angeles, is coming off a six-round decision win against Sheena Kaine on June 30. Kiss (14-7, 8 KOs), 28, of Hungary, who has lost two decisions in a row, fought for a women's junior featherweight world title in July 2017 but suffered a third-round knockout loss to Amanda Serrano.
The entire card will stream live on ESPN+ beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET and will include 2016 Brazilian Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao (8-0, 5 KOs), 29, who will face Edgar Cantu (7-4-2, 1 KO), 25, of Laredo, Texas, in an eight-round junior lightweight bout.
Also on the card in eight- or 10-round bouts: lightweight Antonio Lozada Jr. (40-2, 34 KOs), 28, of Mexico -- who scored a major upset in March when he knocked out Felix Verdejo in the 10th round in New York -- will face Arturo Santos Reyes (19-10, 5 KOs), 32, of Mexico; up-and-coming junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. (18-0, 6 KOs), 26, of Los Angeles, is scheduled to fight Luis Solis (24-8-4, 20 KOs), 26, of Mexico.
Two Phoenix natives will also appear in eight-round bouts: junior featherweight Carlos Castro, 24, (20-0, 9 KOs) and light heavyweight Trevor McCumby, 25, (23-0, 18 KOs). Castro will face Diuhl Olguin (13-10-3, 9 KOs), 29, of Mexico, and McCumby will take on Jessie Nicklow (27-8-3, 9 KOs), 31, of Baltimore.