Stevenson Will Need A New Opponent For June Return
When Bob Arum announced intentions for Top Rank to return to action in the summer, he mentioned there would be some problems when booking matches in the United States. One issue would be bringing in fighters from outside of the country due to travel restrictions. It appears Top Rank is already dealing with something of that nature.
It was reported that WBO Featherweight Champion Shakur Stevenson would be opening up the first of many Top Rank fight nights in Nevada. His scheduled opponent, however, will not be available. According to The Athletic, Rafael Rivera will not be able to compete due to immigration issues. Rivera is currently in Mexico, where the border is shut down on both sides.
Top Rank is currently looking for an opponent to face Stevenson at 130 pounds. There may end up being someone added to the card who has experience against Stevenson. According to El Nuevo Herald (via Bad Left Hook), Robeisy Ramirez is being considered. From Cuba, Ramirez (2-1) last fought in February, beating Rafeal Morales via knockout. He also beat Stevenson at the 2016 Olympics for the gold medal.
It is not confirmed yet if he would be the opponent for Stevenson.
Stevenson (13-0) last fought in October, beating Joet Gonzalez via unanimous decision. According to trainer Andre Ward, Stevenson, may not even be ready for Top Rank’s first card back on June 9. There may be a chance he is available following that.
Stay tuned, as more information should be revealed regarding Stevenson’s next fight.