- Shakur Stevenson TKO-6 Felix Caraballo (1:31)
- Jared Anderson TKO-3 Johnnie Langston (1:55)
- Guido Vianello TKO-1 Donald Haynesowrth (2:16)
- Quatavious Cash TD-6 Calvin Metcalf (59-55, 60-55, 60-54)
- Robeisy Ramirez TKO-1 Yeuri Andujar (0:54)
Round By Round
Shakur Stevenson vs Felix Caraballo
Round 1: Stevenson takes center ring and steps away from a jab. Caraballo swarms Stevenson in the corner and gets in a couple body shots. Stevenson throws a short combination and Caraballo stands and trades as he clearly wants to make this a dogfight from the outset. One-two partially lands for Stevenson. Now Stevenson adds in a right hook that finds the mark as Caraballo steps forward. Stevenson strafes Caraballo again with a number of punches. Left hand lands upstairs for Stevenson. Stevenson leads with a left uppercut that lands pretty well. Caraballo tries to step into Stevenson’s chest but takes a body shot and takes a knee, playing it off like it was a slip. Referee rules it a knockdown. More punches come from Stevenson to the head and body as Caraballo just covers up. Stevenson 10-8.
Round 2: Caraballo starts with a jab that doesn’t land. Stevenson counters as Caraballo covers up again and waits for Stevenson to finish his combinations. Looping right hook misses for Caraballo. Straight left hand lands to the body for Stevenson and hunches Caraballo over. Straight left lands upstairs for Stevenson. More shots land for Stevenson and Caraballo is wobbling. Caraballo tries to dig deep and throw something back but these are desperation punches. Stevenson takes a step back and lets some punishment soak in on Caraballo. Another straight left lands clean for Stevenson. Caraballo’s face is showing signs of distress. Three quick punches pierce Caraballo’s guard. Stevenson 10-9, 20-17.
Round 3: Right hook gets in for Stevenson. Caraballo walks forward and Stevenson takes a step back to the corner. Stevenson flicks a jab and then lands two straight left hands upstairs. Stevenson is touching Caraballo at will and Caraballo is making a little easy on Stevenson by walking in without throwing punches. Straight left lands to the body for Stevenson. Uppercut gets in for Stevenson this time at the end of a three-punch combination. Caraballo throws a couple of wide hooks at close range but ends up taking a slip to the canvas. Two body shots land well for Stevenson. Another straight left for Stevenson finds its mark upstairs. Caraballo is getting worked over. Stevenson 10-9.
Round 4: Body shots land for Stevenson prompting an ineffective charge from Caraballo. Caraballo tries to push against Stevenson along the ropes but referee calls a break. Stevenson tees-off on Caraballo again at center ring. Stevenson stands in close and lands a right hook to the head. Sharp jab lands clean for Stevenson. Another right hook gets in for Stevenson, Caraballo lands a counter, then Stevenson comes back with another short combination. Left hook lands for Stevenson this time. Counter uppercut lands for Stevenson but Caraballo takes it pretty well. Two more clean body shots land for Stevenson. Stevenson 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Jabs come from Stevenson to start the round. Caraballo tries to go to the body with a few punches but can’t land them clean. Straight left hand lands downstairs for Stevenson. Another combination comes from Stevenson as Caraballo puts the ear muffs on. Straight left hand lead lands for Stevenson. Double right hook to the head and body lands for Stevenson. Stevenson shakes his left hand after another shot and might’ve hurt it a little. Stevenson throws the left hand still so it must not be too bad. Another combination comes from Stevenson and Caraballo tries to hide behind a split guard. Hard left to the body followed by a clean head shot that snaps Caraballo’s head. Stevenson 10-9.
Round 6: Stevenson leads with a jab and then Caraballo just rushes him to the ropes until a break is called. Left hook misses for Caraballo. Right hand to the body strays low for Stevenson and the referee calls a break to let Caraballo recover. Stevenson comes right back with another combination before pushing Caraballo back to the corner momentarily. Clean body shot to the solar plexus puts Caraballo down hard and he doesn’t want to get up — you can hear him gasping for breath. Stevenson TKO-6.
We’re back! Tonight at 7 pm ET, boxing returns to ESPN airwaves with a five-fight card from the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, with Shakur Stevenson headlining in the junior lightweight main event.
No fans will be in attendance for this or any of the other upcoming Top Rank shows currently on the schedule.
Wil Esco will be here for round-by-round updates on the main event.
Stevenson, 22, will be facing 33-year-old Puerto Rican fighter Felix Caraballo, who has never fought outside of Puerto Rico and mostly in his hometown of Mayaguez. Stevenson, who is moving up from featherweight (but still holds the WBO 126-pound title for now), is not expected to me seriously tested, in all honesty; this is about getting him back and active.
The undercard features two big heavyweight prospects in Jared “Big Baby” Anderson and Guido Vianello, the latter a former Olympian from Italy, plus two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez still righting the ship as a pro, and a middleweight bout between Quatavious Cash and Calvin Metcalf.
Let us watch boxing together, as we did so long ago.
Main Card (ESPN, 7 pm ET)
- Shakur Stevenson (13-0, 7 KO) vs Felix Caraballo (13-1-2, 9 KO), junior lightweights, 10 rounds
- Jared Anderson (3-0, 3 KO) vs Johnnie Langston (8-2, 3 KO), heavyweights, 6 rounds
- Guido Vianello (6-0, 6 KO) vs Donald Haynesworth (16-3-1, 14 KO), heavyweights, 6 rounds
- Quatavious Cash (11-2, 7 KO) vs Calvin Metcalf (10-3-1, 3 KO), middleweights, 6 rounds
- Robeisy Ramirez (2-1, 2 KO) vs Yeuri Andujar (5-3, 3 KO), featherweights, 6 rounds