Lomachenko vs. Nakatani - ESPN, FITE TV, Sky Sports - June 26 - 10 PM ET

Lomachenko vs. Nakatani – ESPN, FITE TV, Sky Sports – June 26 – 10 PM ET

Streaming Exclusively on ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko is ready for the next chapter. Eight months after losing an undisputed lightweight title match to Teofimo Lopez, “Loma” returns Saturday night in a 12-round lightweight bout against Japanese contender Masayoshi Nakatani at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

Lomachenko vs. Nakatani - ESPN, FITE TV, Sky Sports - June 26 - 10 PM ET

In the 10-round middleweight co-feature, undefeated sensation Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly will fight former world champion Rob “Bravo” Brant.

Both fights will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, with undercard bouts set to begin on ESPN+ at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT.

At the final press conference, this is what the fighters had to say.

Vasiliy Lomachenko

“I can’t wait to be back in the ring. I’m very excited and I want to show my best skills. I want to prove to myself, my family, my friends, my team, who I am in the ring.”

“He is a tough guy. He has the height and the reach. I think he is a very good boxer. That’s why he was my choice as an opponent.”

“It’s great to have fans {in the crowd}. They push us in the ring. They give us energy.”

“I have a fight this Saturday, and after that, we can talk about a rematch. I want it!”

Masayoshi Nakatani

“A fellow Japanese fighter {Inoue last week} having a great performance is very motivating for me.”

“This is a fight that I have to win and that I want to win.”

“When this fight came up, I felt that it is the biggest fight of my career. But getting the fight doesn’t mean anything. I must win for this fight to mean something. I’m going to win!”

Rob Brant

“I’m feeling amazing. It’s never a surprise being the underdog. I’m looking forward to it. You have to take the risks. I have no problem with being the underdog.”

“I learned a lot of patience and guidance from my trainer, {Brian} ‘BoMac’ McIntyre. I have always been known as a high-volume boxer, but with BoMac I have learned and developed a lot of the patience.”

“This is Top Rank. Everyone wants to be at the highest level, and I want to prove that I belong here. My focus is 100 percent on beating Janibek on Saturday.”

Janibek Alimkhanuly

“This fight is very important for me. I’m 100 percent ready, and Saturday night I’m going to show what ‘Qazaq Style’ is all about. Very soon I’ll be fighting as the main event.”

“Three years ago, I started training with Buddy McGirt. I like him a lot. He is looking to add more tools to the style that I already have. We are already looking to win a world title together.”

SATURDAY, June 26, 2021

ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani, 12 rounds, lightweight

Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Rob Brant, 10 rounds, Alimkhanuly’s WBO Global and WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Titles

ESPN+, 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT

Giovani Santillan vs. Cecil McCalla, 10/8 rounds, welterweight

Robert Rodriguez vs. Luis Fernando Saavedra, 6 rounds, bantamweight

Guido Vianello vs. Marlon Williams, 4 rounds, heavyweight

Floyd Diaz vs. Jaime Jasso, 4 rounds, bantamweight

Subaru Murata vs. Keven Monroy, 4 rounds, junior featherweight

DeMichael Harris vs. Jonatan Hernan Godoy, 4 rounds, lightweight



  • Date: Saturday, June 26
  • Time: 3:00 a.m./10:00 p.m.

The Lomachenko vs. Nakatani card takes place this coming Saturday, and the main bill of fights is set to commence from 22:00 local time.


  • UK: Sky Sports
  • US: ESPN+

Sky Sports will broadcast the fight in the UK, while ESPN+ will stream the fight in the US.


The card will take place at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.


(ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT)

    •   Vasiliy Lomachenko 134.6 lbs vs. Masayoshi Nakatani 134.4 lbs 
(Lightweight — 12 Rounds)

•     Rob Brant 159.6 lbs vs. Janibek Alimkhanuly 159.6 lbs 
(Alimkhanuly’s WBC Continental Americas and WBO Global Middleweight Titles— 10 Rounds)

(ESPN+, 7:15 p.m. ET / 4:15 p.m. PT)

• .   Giovani Santillan 147.6 lbs vs. Cecil McCalla 147.4 lbs 
(Welterweight — 10/8 Rounds)

•    Robert Rodriguez 118.8 lbs vs. Luis Fernando Saavedra 118.8
(Bantamweight  — 6 Rounds)

   •    Floyd Diaz 117.8 lbs vs. Jaime Jasso 116.2
(Bantamweight — 4 Rounds)

   •    Guido Vianello 244 lbs vs. Marlon Williams 217.5
(Heavyweight — 4 Rounds)

   •   Subaru Murata 121.6 lbs vs. Keven Monroy 119.8
(Junior Featherweight — 4 Rounds)

   •    DeMichael Harris 134.2 lbs vs. Jonatan Hernan Godoy 134.2
(Lightweight — 4 Rounds)


Jun 26 2021


10:00 PM - 11:50 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: Europe/Amsterdam
  • Date: Jun 27 2021
  • Time: 4:00 AM - 5:50 AM


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