Top Rank Announces Summer Return Schedule
It was only a matter of time until Top Rank was able to share information regarding upcoming events. With its return to Las Vegas official, the promotion has now laid down the foundations for what should be a busy month of fights.
Top Rank told ESPN that the MGM Grand Conference Center will be holding fights. There will be no fans inside the building, as Top Rank will be adhering to the guidelines brought on by the Nevada Atheltic Commission.
“This is a sensible way to push ahead,” Arum stated. “Hopefully, the fights will be good — I know they will be — but you’ve got to make sure all the procedures are safe and so forth. Hopefully, what we’re doing will serve as a template for other promoters to put on shows.”
Although several champions are competing on the cards, no titles will be on the line. Arum went on to say it would help when it came to logistics. Right now, mandatory challengers are unable to enter the United States due to travel restrictions.
Unlike prior fight nights, several events will take place on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. The UFC already has been hosting events on Saturday’s. Several bouts with announced fighters (like Jamel Herring) should be announced soon. While prelim fights (about 4-5) will be available soon, here are the set featured bouts for now:
- 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 a result of visa issues. Caraballo (13-1-2) is on a five-fight win streak and has nine wins via knockout
- Mikaela Mayer v. Helen Joseph – A medalist in the 2012 World Championships, Mayer (12-0) was supposed to face Melissa Hernandez during 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Joshua Greer Jr. v. Mike Plania – Greer (22-2-1) hasn’t lost a bout since 2015. He last fought in October, beating Antonio Nieves to win the WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Title. Plania (23-1) is on an eight-fight win streak, last fighting in December and winning the IBF North American Super-Bantamweight Title.
- Giovani Santillan v. Antonio Demarco – With only one fight in 2019, Santillan (25-0) has 15 wins via knockout. His last fight was in November, beating Wilfrido Buelvas via knockout. DeMarco (33-8-1) is on a two-fight losing streak dating back to 2018.
- Jose Pedraza v. Mikkel LesPierre– Pedraza (26-3) was supposed to face Javier Molina in May in California. 2-2 in his last four fights, Pedraza beat Raymundo Beltran in August 2018 for the WBO Lightweight Title before losing it to Vasiliy Lomachenko in December of that year. He rebounded with a TKO win over Antonio Lozada Jr. before losing to Jose Zepeda in September. LesPierre (22-1-1) is coming off of a win against Roody Pierre Paul back in December.
- Gabe Flores Jr. v. Josec Ruiz – Flores (17-0) won five fights in 2019. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Matt Conway back in February. Ruiz (21-2-3) has a 16-0 unbeaten streak dating back to 2014. He won his last bout against Ramon De La Cruz Sena back in October.
June 20 (TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City)
- Emanuel Navarrete v.Uriel Lopez – Hosted by Zanfer Promotions. The WBO Junior-Featherweight Champion, Navarrete (31-1) has defended the title five times. The man with 27 wins via knockout will face Lopez (13-13-1), a man who has lost three in a row dating back to 2018.
- Andrew Moloney v. Joshua Franco – Moloney (21-0) won the interim WBA Super-Flyweight Title back in November by beating Elton Dharry. Franco (16-1-2) finished a trilogy with Oscar Negrete, going 1-0-2. His last bout was in January, beating Jose Burgos via TKO.
- Christopher Diaz v. Jason Sanchez – Diaz (25-2) has lost to Stevenson before, in 2019. He rebounded by beating Adeilson dos Santos back in January. Sanchez (15-1) last fought in October, beating dos Santos.