Live boxing returns to Las Vegas with a pair of cards headlined by stars Shakur Stevenson and Jessie Magdaleno.
Top Rank on ESPN returns Tuesday, June 9, as WBO featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson (13-0; 7 KOs) will take on Puerto Rican contender Felix “La Sombra” Caraballo (13-1-2; 9 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout. Stevenson-Caraballo will kick off a blockbuster June boxing lineup, which will include multiple cards each week on the ESPN family of networks. Specifics on ESPN platforms and tune-in times to be announced soon.
Stevenson-Caraballo will be the first of multiple June events to take place at the MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom. The action will continue Thursday, June 11 when former junior featherweight world champion and top featherweight contender Jessie Magdaleno (27-1; 18 KOs) faces Dominican puncher Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2; 28 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
These events will be closed to both the public and the media, as only essential fight camp members and event staff will be permitted on site.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and return live boxing to ESPN,” Stevenson said. “I was really disappointed when my fight got canceled in March, and I said then that I wanted to be one of the first fights back. I stayed in shape so when that call came, I was ready. The atmosphere might be different on June 9, but I’ve fought in unique situations all over the world before so it won’t affect me. Regardless of who’s in the building, you’ll see another great performance, and I’ll remind everyone why I’m the best young fighter in boxing.”
“It feels great to be one of the first fighters back,” Magdaleno said. “I’m excited to get back in the ring, especially after my last fight was canceled. I didn’t get discouraged. I am even more ready now. I can’t wait to showcase my talent to the ESPN audience. What better way to show that the champ is back?”
June 9 Card:
Main: Shakur Stevenson vs Felix Caraballo; 10 RDs, Super Featherweight
Co-Feature: Mikaela Mayer (12-0; 5 KOs) vs Helen Joseph (17-4-2; 10 KOs); 10 RDs, Super Featherweight
Guido Vianello (6-0, 6 KOs) vs Don Haynesworth (16-3-1, 14 KOs); 6 RDs, Heavyweight
Robeisy Ramirez (2-1, 2 KOs) vs Yeuri Andujar (5-3, 3 KOs); 6 RDs, Featherweight
Calvin Metcalf (10-3-1, 3 KOs) vs Quatavious Cash (11-2, 7 KOs); Middleweight
June 11 Card:
Main: Jessie Magdaleno vs Yanifel Vicente; 10 RDs Featherweight
Co-Feature: Adam Lopez (13-2; 6 KOs) vs Louie Coria (12-2; 7 KOs); 10 RDs, vacant NABF Featherweight title
Bryan Lue (5-0; 2 KOs) vs Dan Murray (5-3; 0 KOs); 6 RDs, Lightweight
Gabriel Muratalla (2-0; 2 KOs) vs Fernando Robles (2-2; 2 KOs); 4 RDs; Bantamweight
Eric Mondragon (3-0; 2 KOs) vs Mike Sanchez (6-0; 2 KOs); Lighweight