Published: 17:05 | 5/6/20

LIVE boxing returns to eir sport


We are delighted to announce the return of LIVE sport to our channels starting next Tuesday, June 9th at midnight with an exciting boxing card from the MGM Center in Las Vegas.

It’s the first of ten Top Rank events with two full cards per week between June and July. The second follows next Thursday, June 11th – also at midnight.

The fights will be closed to both the public and the media, as only essential fight camp members and event staff will be permitted on site. Top Rank has taken over five floors of the MGM to ensure adherence to social distancing and quarantine rules.

The main event on Tuesday will see WBO featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson take on Puerto Rican contender Felix “La Sombra” Caraballo in a 10-round super featherweight bout.  

2016 Olympic silver medal winner Stevenson is testing the waters at super featherweight following his featherweight title-winning effort over Joet Gonzalez last October. He went 4-0 in 2019 with some commentators touting him as a future pound-for-pound superstar.

This will be Caraballo’s first fight outside of Puerto Rico. After winning his last five contests in succession, he is sure to provide a stern test for Stevenson.

Thursday’s headliner is an exciting 10-round featherweight contest between Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) and Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2, 28 KOs).

Top-ranked featherweight contender Magdaleno has defeated veterans Rafael Rivera and Rico Ramos since moving up from the junior featherweight ranks. The Las Vegas native will be fighting in his hometown for the first time since he dethroned four-weight kingpin Nonito Donaire in November 2016.

Vicente, who has a series of highlight-reel knock-outs to his credit throughout his career, is 11-1 with 11 knock-outs in his last 12 fights.

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***Enjoy TEN great LIVE boxing events on eir sport in June and July. Go to www.eirsport.ie for more details.  

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