Top Rank Boxing is returning after a lengthy COVID-19 break. Shakur Stevenson and Jesse Magdaleno are set to headline June cards. The MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom will be where it is held and Top Rank had three words for fans: boxing is back.
Shakur Stevenson will take on Felix Caraballo in a 10 round super featherweight fight and will kick off the June lineup on ESPN. Both events will be closed to the media and public much like the UFC has been doing since UFC Brasilia.
Bob Arum is excited to bring back world-class boxing to the world. He is always grateful for working with ESPN as well.
“I would like to thank MGM Resorts and the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their assistance in helping to bring back world-class boxing,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “We are all looking forward to a spectacular summer of live boxing across ESPN platforms. Shakur is among the best young talents I’ve ever promoted, and he is going to put on a show on June 9.”
Shakur Stevenson and Top Rank Boxing
Shakur Stevenson is ready to box again. His last fight in March was canceled due to the pandemic. Now, he is ready to get back to action despite there being no crowd.
“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 cancelled 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.”
In the co-main event, Mikaela Mayer is taking on Helen Jospeh in a super featherweight 10 rounder as well.
“I’m incredibly grateful and excited to be fighting on the first boxing card since the pandemic shutdown,” Mayer said. “I was set to travel to New York City for a fight March 17, but the quarantine went into effect the day before I was supposed to fly out. So, despite having a long, hard 10-week camp, I was unable to perform and showcase the work I had put in. I feel like I’ve leveled up my skill set, and I’m eager to show that on June 9 and capture my 13th win. It’s also great to see ESPN and Top Rank having a woman headline their first card back. I have been in camp with Shakur, and we’re ready to bring boxing back to television with exciting wins.”
Jessie Magdaleno vs. Yenifel Vicente
On June 11th, the MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom and Top Rank will have Jesse Magdaleno fight Yenifel Vicente. Magdaleno is ready to be back and is honored to be one of the first fighters back to action.
“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?”
In the co-feature, Adam Lopez of Top Rank and Louie Coria will clash for the vacant NABF Featherweight title. Lopez is ready to entertain fans again and looks forward to a great opponent in Louie Coria.
“I will put a show on for all the fight fans around the world and show them what I’m made of,” Lopez said. “The Valdez fight was an incredible experience. I’m ready to get what’s left of 2020 going and move toward a title shot. The whole team is working hard and preparing well. Tune in. I’m going to put on a show.”
Top Rank will start to slowly load up shows now and move forward with their boxing cards. Stay posted to My MMA News for all the latest surrounding Top Rank Boxing! Thanks for reading!