Bantamweight contender Joshua Greer Jr. will take on previous world title challenger Antonio Nieves in his next battle.
Top Rank on Tuesday reported Greer-Nieves as the co-highlight for the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ show featured by the Shakur Stevenson-Joet Gonzalez empty featherweight world title battle on Oct. 26 (ESPN+, fundamental card at 10 p.m. ET with fundamentals starting at 6:30 p.m. ET) at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
Top Rank additionally made the remainder of the undercard official. It will incorporate junior lightweight Mikaela Mayer, Stevenson’s colleague on the 2016 U.S. Olympic group. She will shield her territorial belt against Alejandra Zamora in a 10-round session.
“Joshua and Mikaela are two of the most appealling youthful contenders in boxing,” Top Rank executive Bob Arum said. “Having them on the card in extreme battles, alongside an incredible title session in Stevenson-Gonzalez, is a reward for Reno battle fans and everybody viewing on ESPN+.”
Greer (21-1-1, 12 KOs), 25, of Chicago, who will safeguard his provincial belt in a 10-round battle against Nieves, is falling off a disputable 12-round ruling against Nikolai Potapov on July 13.
“I need to show everybody on Oct. 26 what I’ve been really going after,” Greer said. “I’m just improving. Each battle is a learning knowledge, and I am going to show Antonio Nieves what I’m about. The knockout didn’t come in my last battle, however it’s everything part of the game. I’m bringing back the pad, and after I beat Nieves, I will be Mr. ESPN+.”
Prior to each battle, Greer has a custom pad made, which he discloses subsequent to taking out his rival.
Nieves (19-2-2, 11 KOs), 32, of Cleveland, Ohio, has won two battles in succession since enduring consecutive misfortunes – a 10-round split choice to Potapov and a 6th round knockout when he tested Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue for a lesser bantamweight world title in September 2017.
“My essential objective is to turn into a best on the planet,” Nieves said. “Joshua Greer Jr. is positioned second by one of the major authorizing associations and third by another. I am coming to Reno to beat him, assume control over his game in the rankings and win a big showdown in 2020.”
Mayer (11-0, 4 KOs), 29, of Los Angeles, is falling off an unbalanced 10-round ruling against Lizbeth Crespo on June 15 on the Tyson Fury-Tom Schwarz undercard in Las Vegas.