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Shakur Stevenson to face Felix Caraballo on June 9

With Rafael Rivera out due to visa issues, Stevenson has a new foe.

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After losing initial June 9th opponent Rafael Rivera to visa issues, Shakur Stevenson is reportedly set to face Puerto Rico’s Felix Caraballo in the ESPN junior lightweight main event. Stevenson’s co-manager, Andre Ward, broke the news on Saturday.

In that same interview, Mark Kriegel reported that Stevenson (13-0, 7 KO) will not be vacating his WBO featherweight title as he “see[s] what the new weight feels like.”

This fight is to Stevenson-Rivera as Stevenson-Rivera is to Stevenson-Joet Gonzalez. Caraballo (13-1-2, 9 KO), fighting outside of Puerto Rico for the first time, has yet to beat a single opponent of note during his six years as a professional. The highest-ranked victim of his current five-fight streak is BoxRec’s No. 246 featherweight.

Even by quarantine standards, this is lame.

The card will also see Mikaela Mayer return to action in the co-feature against TBA’s sister, also named TBA. Expect an official announcement after NSAC’s meeting this upcoming Wednesday.

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