Robeisy Ramirez’s stunning defeat in his pro debut quickly knocked him off track for an eventual pro showdown with Shakur Stevenson.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. signed Ramirez to a promotional contract in part to match him against Stevenson at some point because Ramirez beat Stevenson in the bantamweight gold-medal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Cuba’s Ramirez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will attempt to continue rebuilding his reputation by winning his third straight professional fight on Stevenson’s undercard June 9 in Las Vegas.
ESPN and Top Rank announced Monday that Ramirez (2-1, 2 KOs) will face the Dominican Republic’s Yeuri Andujar (5-3, 3 KOs) in a six-round featherweight fight on the card Stevenson will headline a week from Tuesday night. The 26-year-old Ramirez has won two bouts since losing a four-round split decision to Denver’s Adan Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) in Ramirez’s pro debut August 10 in Philadelphia.
The 22-year-old Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs), the WBO featherweight champion, will oppose Puerto Rico’s Felix Caraballo (13-1-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round, 130-pound, non-title fight ESPN will air from MGM Grand’s Ballroom Conference Center.
The Stevenson-Caraballo bout, the rest of the six-bout card June 9 and the entire ESPN/Top Rank card scheduled for June 11 were officially announced Monday as well. The June 9 show will be the first boxing event in the United States since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and return live boxing to ESPN,” Stevenson said in a press release. “I was really disappointed when my fight [against Miguel Marriaga] 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 9th, 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 younger fighter in boxing.”
Below is the full list of fights ESPN will air June 9 and June 11.
Shakur Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs), Newark, New Jersey, vs. Felix Caraballo (13-1-2, 9 KOs), Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 10 rounds, junior lightweights.
Mikaela Mayer (12-0, 5 KOs), Colorado Springs, Colorado, vs. Helen Joseph (17-4-2, 10 KOs), Hamden, Connecticut, 10 rounds, junior lightweights.
Jared Anderson (3-0, 3 KOs), Toledo, Ohio, vs. Johnnie Langston (8-2, 3 KOs), Sarasota, Florida, 6 rounds, heavyweights.
Guido Vianello (6-0, 6 KOs), Roma, Italy, vs. Don Haynesworth (16-3-1, 14 KOs), New Rochelle, New York, 6 rounds, heavyweights.
Robeisy Ramirez (2-1, 2 KOs), Gulfport, Florida, vs. Yeuri Andujar (5-3, 3 KOs), San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, 6 rounds, featherweights.
Calvin Metcalf (10-3-1, 3 KOs), Kansas City, Missouri, vs. Quatavious Cash (11-2, 7 KOs), Atlanta, 6 rounds, middleweights.
Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs), Las Vegas, vs. Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2, 28 KOs, 1 NC), Miami, 10 rounds, junior lightweights.
Adam Lopez (13-2, 6 KOs), Glendale, California vs. Luis Coria (12-2, 7 KOs), Moreno Valley, California, 10 rounds for the vacant NABF featherweight title.
Bryan Lua (5-0, 2 KOs), Madera, California, vs. Dan Murray (5-3, 0 KOs), Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, 6 rounds, lightweights.
Gabriel Muratalla (2-0, 2 KOs), Fontana, California, vs. Fernando Robles (2-2, 0 KOs), Pearland, Texas, 4 rounds, bantamweights.
Eric Mondragon (3-0, 2 KOs), Maywood, California, vs. Mike Sanchez (6-0, 2 KOs), Colton, California, 6 rounds, lightweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.