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Top Rank’s Vegas Shows To Have 5 Fights, All With No Media

Professional boxing action in the United States will no longer be on the ropes due to the global pandemic of Covid-19.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission approved Top Rank to produce two ESPN shows in Las Vegas on June 9 and June 11 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas during a meeting on Wednesday.

BoxingScene.com has learned that Top Rank's Vegas cards will have a total of five fights, and additional fights could be added as well. Top Rank will approach each show on a case by case basis.

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To further mitigate the potential spread of the virus and the number of people inside the venue, Top Rank will not be credentialing members of the media to cover the event on site. Instead, accommodations for the press will be made remotely.

When the UFC returned to stage three separate shows in Jacksonville earlier this month, media was allowed to cover the events, and fight cards nearly reached an average of a dozen total matches for each.

The June 9 Top Rank show is slated to be headlined by WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson (13-0, 7 KOs) when he takes on Felix Caballaro (13-1-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round, non-title fight at super featherweight limit of 130 pounds.

The June 11 card is slotted to showcase Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) as the featured attraction when he takes on Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2, 28 KOs, 1 NC) in a 10-round fight at a catch weight of 128 pounds.

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.

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Comment by 2ndroundko on 05-27-2020

quality of fights wont be great as tr is being forced to fulfill their contractual agreement with espn but i would hope fans are patient and just enjoy the return of the sport

Comment by richardt on 05-27-2020

Where are all the other promoters announcements of fights for June and July??? Apparently Arum has the most clout in Boxing. Now the others have to follow so whats the holdup!

Comment by jonnyc420 on 05-27-2020

Not going to criticize, happy just to have some live boxing back in my life!

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 05-27-2020

This going to get better. Boxing is going to come back like a Phoenix. Now, patience is important until things get a little better and then, there is a good probability to see a few good match ups with better…

Comment by Oldskoolg on 05-27-2020

Great news for American boxing

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