Lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez Jr. faces Masayoshi Nakatani in an IBF title elimination fight on Friday in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The fight will air live on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET with undercard bouts also on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Lopez (13-0, 1 KOs), ESPN's 2018 prospect of the year, has won his last five bouts by stoppage, including a seventh-round KO of former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno in February on the Sergey Kovalev-Eleider Alvarez rematch card at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
In April, Brooklyn's Lopez, 21, scored a KO victory over Edis Tatli in Round 5 on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan undercard at legendary Madison Square Garden.
Nakatani (18-0, 12 KOs), of Osaka, Japan, has won seven of his last eight bouts by stoppage. In December, the 30-year-old lightweight defeated Hurricane Futa by TKO in Round 4.
This will be Nakatani's first fight outside of Japan.
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ESPN boxing commentators Joe Tessitore and Mark Kriegel, along with former world champions Andre Ward and Timothy Bradley Jr. and reporter Bernardo Osuna, will call the fight from ringside.
Where can I watch the Lopez vs. Nakatani fight card on Friday?
The Lopez vs. Nakatani fight broadcast on ESPN+ will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Friday. The main event includes Maxim Dadashev vs. Subriel Matias in a 12-round IBF junior welterweight eliminator.
The undercard begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
The undercard includes:
Esquiva Falcao vs. Jesus Gutierrez, 10 rounds, middleweights
Tyler McCreary vs. Jessie Cris Rosales, 8 rounds, junior lightweights
Tyler Howard vs. Jamaal Davis, 8 rounds, middleweights
Dusty Hernandez Harrison vs. Juan De Angel, 8 rounds, junior middleweights
Cassius Chaney vs. Joel Caudle, 6 or 8 rounds, heavyweights
Patrick Harris vs. Donald Ward, 6 or 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Nathaniel Davis vs. Rolando Vargas, 4 rounds, lightweights