Magdaleno-Juarez, Beterbiev-Koelling on October 31 on ESPN

By Keith Idec

Jessie Magdaleno and Artur Beterbiev will be showcased in separate bouts ESPN will televise October 31 as part of its new partnership with promoter Top Rank Inc.

Carl Moretti, Top Rank’s vice president of boxing operations, confirmed to on Tuesday that Magdaleno will headline the Halloween evening telecast from an undetermined location. In the main event that night, Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs), a southpaw from Las Vegas, will make a mandatory defense of his WBO super bantamweight title against Mexico’s Cesar Juarez (20-5, 15 KOs).

The co-feature will match Russia’s Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs) against Germany’s Enrico Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs) in an IBF light heavyweight elimination match. The winner between Beterbiev, ranked No. 2 by the IBF at 175 pounds, and the third-ranked Koelling will become the mandatory challenger for IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs).

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Top Rank surprisingly won a purse bid July 25 to earn the right to promote the Beterbiev-Koelling fight. Bob Arum’s company bid $315,000, much more than the only other bid – $80,000 by Sauerland Event, Koelling’s promoter.

Winning the purse bid initiated conjecture regarding Beterbiev eventually signing with Top Rank. The knockout artist is engaged in litigation with promoter Yvon Michel over the validity of Beterbiev’s contract with Michel’s company.

As for the Magdaleno-Juarez/Beterbiev-Koelling doubleheader, it likely will take place somewhere on the West Coast. The telecast – a rare Tuesday night boxing offering by ESPN – won’t begin that night until 10:30 p.m. ET.

This doubleheader will air on a Tuesday night because ESPN already has committed to televising college football games on Saturday nights in September, October and November.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by killakali on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;17933177]Yeah and who is responsible for that?[/QUOTE]he was a bum with no promoter and 20-0 before he ever signed with a major promoter. True or false? That record was already built son

Comment by killakali on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=aceventura;17933145]canelo vs kirkland is a bum fight... Pedraza was an undefeated champion you retard..... Tank was only in his 17th fight... Unlike canelo the hyepjob who was on his 40 plus pro fight hahahahhahaa....[/QUOTE] Pedraza got lucky vs a bum…

Comment by IMDAZED on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=Pigeons;17933619]I would be satisfied with the following fights: Parker-Jennings Ramirez-Hart Verdejo-Beltran[/QUOTE] Only one of those interests me. Bottom line, they don't have the horses. Poor Crawford.

Comment by Pigeons on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;17933159]Oh you'll see them. Too bad they don't have any good opponents for them. And therein lies the problem. Not the names, but who they're facing is the question.[/QUOTE] I would be satisfied with the following fights: Parker-Jennings Ramirez-Hart Verdejo-Beltran

Comment by IMDAZED on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;17933189]Brought it up in one of the Crawford/Indongo threads, said the card is appaling apart from the main event, considering the names that are on it. Couple of people kicked off, said I dont understand the art of promoting.[/QUOTE]…

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