Full Lineups Released For June Top Rank Cards Featuring Shakur Stevenson, Jessie Magdaleno
The top two bouts for Top Rank’s return to action on June 9 and 11 were recently announced, with Shakur Stevenson and Jessie Magdaleno leading both cards. Now, as promised, Bob Arum is looking to add a few more bouts to hold it all together.
Top Rank will have a six-fight card on June 9, the first boxing event in the United States since COVID-19 shut down all major sports in March. One of the biggest things that will change, per a Top Rank release, is that Joe Tessitore will be calling the action not from the MGM Grand Conference Center, but from ESPN’s studio in Bristol, Connecticut. Joining him (in separated areas) will be Timothy Bradley and Mark Kriegel. Bernardo Osuna will be on-location to report from the sidelines and wherever they have access to.
“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’s 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.”
Including the main and co-main events of the evening, here are the full cards for the June 9 and 11 events:
- Main Event – Shakur Stevenson v. Felix Caraballo – The WBO Featherweight Champion in Stevenson (13-0) was supposed to face Miguel Marriaga on March 14 inside Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the fight was postponed. An Olympic medalist, Stevenson was supposed to face Rafael Rivera, but he had to back out as a result of visa issues. Caraballo (13-1-2) is on a five-fight win streak and has nine wins via knockout.
“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.”
- Co-Main Event – Mikaela Mayer v. Helen Joseph – A medalist in the 2012 World Championships, Mayer (12-0) was supposed to face Melissa Hernandez the same week as Stevenson before the bout was postponed. The NABF Super-Featherweight Champion will be facing off against battle-tested Helen Joseph (17-4-2), who is 5-1-1 in her last seven.
“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.”
We’re ready for a huge stretch. There will be at least 2 live events per week for several weeks ahead. Stay tuned for more.
— Bob Arum (@BobArum) June 2, 2020
- Jared Anderson (3-0) v. Johnnie Langston (8-2)
- Guido Vianello (6-0) v. Don Haynesworth (16-3-1)
- Robeisy Ramirez (2-1) v. Yeuri Andujar (5-3)
- Calvin Metcalf (10-3-1) v. Quatavious Cash (11-2)
- Jessie Magdaleno v. Yenifel Vicente – Magdaleno (27-1) was supposed to fight back in March against Sakaria Lukas as the co-main event under the Stevenson-Marriaga fight. He won the WBO Junior-Featherweight Title back in 2016 against Nonito Donaire and lost the title to Isaac Dogboe in 2018. Vicente (36-4-2) is coming off of a knockout-win over Rodolfo Hernandez Montoya for the WBO (Latino) Super Bantamweight Title.
“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?”
- Adam Lopez v. Luis Coria – Lopez (13-2) is coming off of a TKO loss at the hands of Oscar Valdez in November. A NABF Junior-Featherweight Champion, Lopez was on a five-fight win streak before that. Coria (12-2) is on a three-fight win streak, last fighting in June 2019 against Cristian Renteria.
“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.”
- Bryan Lua (5-0) v. Dan Murray (5-3)
- Gabriel Muratalla (2-0) v. Fernando Robles (2-2)
- Eric Mondragon (3-0) v. Mike Sanchez (6-0)