Positivity continues for boxing to resume in the U.S. with the hope that Covid 19 subsides this Summer. And, Top Rank Boxing is looking to lead the way with multiple shows coming next month.
In an item posted on Boxingscene.com by senior writer Keith Idec, he further detailed that Top Rank not only intends to be the first promotion to resume fights in the U.S., but they will do multiple shows in the same week, once given the full go ahead:
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Arum told the site,
“Todd [duBoef] and Brad [Jacobs] have been on the phone with ESPN, laying out the schedule for June and July,” Arum said, referring to Top Rank’s president and chief operating officer, respectively. “What they plan is that probably next week we’ll announce the three events we’re gonna be doing, starting June 9th. We’re gonna do three events that week. And most of the weeks we’ll have two, but some will have three.”
As we wrote previously, Top Rank, based in Vegas, intends to have WBO featherweight Champion Shakur Stevenson fighting against Rafael Rivera, as the main event of their first show back on Tuesday night June 9th in the desert without fans present. However, it’s now been further revealed that the fight will be a non-title fight and actually will be held at the Junior Lightweight limit of 130 lb.
Boxingscene got further confirmation of more dates from Arum, including shows later that second week of June for Thursday night June 11th and Saturday night June 13th. It’s not yet known who the headliners will be. But, the site says that the June 11th card will have Jr. Lightweights Jessie Magdaleno (27-1, 18 KOs) vs. Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2, 28 KOs) on it, which is the likely main event.
Idec also confirmed that the Top Rank has intends on more fight card dates of June 16th and the 18th and the desire is to have off the fights in the same location, likely the MGM resorts.
At present, Top Rank is the only of the three major promotions in the United States to have announced immediate shows for the month of June. Golden Boy Promotions, which is based in California, apparently has a date of July 4th for lightweight star Ryan Garcia to headline a show that could be in either California or Nevada.
Meanwhile, Premier Boxing Champions, which has been rumored to be contemplating having “studio boxing” shows on the Fox television a lot in Los Angeles as part of their cable deal with Fox Sports and FS1 cable, has yet to announce any fight cards for next month, or the near future, as the sport gets back going again