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Top Rank sets dates for six events in June

Field Level Media
31 May 2020, 12:05 GMT+10

Boxing makes its return with six events in June, most all of them to be held without fans in Las Vegas, Top Rank chief Bob Arum announced Saturday.

The coronavirus pandemic put a halt to boxing, as it has with every major sports league in the country.

"This is a sensible way to push ahead. Hopefully, the fights will be good -- I know they will be -- but you've got to make sure all the procedures are safe and so forth," Arum said in making the announcement on ESPN.

"Hopefully, we will have demonstrated to the authorities, based on these Nevada protocols, that they work," Arum said.

The fights will start June 9 and be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the MGM Grand Conference Center, with no title bouts scheduled right away.

WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson (13-0) headlines the June 9 card against Felix Caraballo (13-1-2), and Jessie Magdaleno (27-1) at the top on June 11 against Yenifel Vicente (36-4-2).

Fights continue June 16 with Joshua Greer Jr. (22-1-1) trying to boost his bantamweight resume against Mike Plania (23-1), winner of eight bouts in a row. On June 18, Jose Pedraza (26-3) battles Mikkel LesPierre (22-1-1) in the headliner.

June's events wrap up with Emanuel Navarrete (31-1) vs. Uriel Lopez (13-13-1) in Mexico City on June 20, and Andrew Moloney (21-0) taking on Joshua Franco (16-1-2) on June 23.

--Field Level Media

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