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Stevenson vs Caraballo results: Robeisy Ramirez, Jared Anderson, Guido Vianello win in boxing’s return to ESPN

Boxing is back, and the prospects did their work on tonight’s undercard.

Shakur Stevenson v Felix Caraballo Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Jared Anderson TKO-3 Johnnie Langston

Florida’s Langston (8-3, 3 KO) was tough, game, and showed a lot of heart, taking some hard shots to both body and head from the 20-year-old Anderson (4-0, 4 KO), a legit prospect from Toledo and a natural heavyweight, whereas Langston is really a cruiserweight who will fight heavyweight for a payday and a chance.

Anderson definitely still has some holes in his game — defensively, especially — and he’s getting by on natural abilities and pure strength right now. But he’s going to get better, or at least that’s the goal everyone will have.

Langston did force Anderson out of the first round for the first time as a pro, so that’s a good thing.

“I was happy to finally get a couple more rounds, get a little experience, know what it’s like to go that much further into a fight,” Anderson said. “He landed a good uppercut on the inside. I need to look out for that more, leaning in with my head.”

Guido Vianello TKO-1 Donald Haynesworth

Haynesworth (16-4-1, 14 KO) is a 37-year-old club scrapper who isn’t as good as his record might make him seem. He was totally overmatched here against former Italian Olympian Vianello (7-0, 7 KO), who is a higher-level prospect. Vianello landed a chopping right hand on the shorter man and put him down, and Jay Nady didn’t like how Haynesworth reacted when he got up, so he stopped it at 2:16 of the first round.

Vianello is still very much a work in progress, but he’s been in camps with Tyson Fury, whom you may know is the WBC and LINEAL!!!!!!!!!! heavyweight champion. Fury has had good things to say about Vianello, who had praise in return when interviewed post-fight by Bernardo Osunda.

“Tyson is the best, so working with him, I can move a lot. I’ve learned with him, his defense, his movement, his fast jab,” Vianello said of Fury. “I love his jab. I remember working with him every day. I hope to see him again soon.”

Quatavious Cash TD-6 Calvin Metcalf

This was a fun middleweight club fight, basically. I’ve seen Metcalf (10-4-1, 3 KO) before — you might forget his name between fights, but you don’t forget his haircut when you see it again — and he was as tough and game as ever. Those are his main attributes, because he doesn’t have a lot of game on the offensive side.

Cash (12-2, 7 KO) is a bit better a technical fighter, and he got the win on scores of 59-55, 60-55, 60-54, the fighting coming to a slightly early end 35 seconds into the sixth and final round due to a cut near Metcalf’s eye, which had opened up due to a clash of heads in the second round.

This was not a high-level fight but it was a fine TV experience. Metcalf just keeps coming, always, and Cash was largely able to deal with it early, but the last couple of rounds he was tiring and both were pretty much throwing arm punches, but they were throwing a good amount of them. Hats off to these guys, in my opinion, they gave us some entertainment.

Robeisy Ramirez TKO-1 Yeuri Andujar

Andujar (5-4, 3 KO) isn’t a bum-bum, he’s given some decent prospects some decent tests before, but Ramirez (3-1, 3 KO) just destroyed him here. Andujar couldn’t avoid the left hand of the southpaw Ramirez, and the Cuban, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, made it a very short night. After two knockdowns, referee Tony Weeks had rightly seen about all he needed to see.

I still believe heavily that Ramirez, 26, can become a great pro. Yes, he lost his pro debut, and deserved the L. But other greats (Henry Armstrong, Bernard Hopkins, both Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez) have lost pro debuts and gone on to Hall of Fame careers. Mind you, Rafael lost to a legit veteran fighter, and Juan Manuel was DQ’d, but still.

The talent is there. That was evident at London 2012 and Rio 2016. If he’s got the desire, he absolutely can be great.

“I knew that the fight fans would be looking forward to the return of boxing, and I felt the responsibility of putting on a great show,” Ramirez told Bernardo Osuna after the fight. “I’ve been working with (trainer) Ismael Salas on sitting down on my punches. I looked at my opponent and saw the openings, and knew if I went after him, I could get him out.”

Ramirez also spoke on tonight’s main event A-side, Shakur Stevenson, whom Ramirez beat in the gold medal fight at the 2016 Olympics.

“I’ve always said that Shakur Stevenson is an opponent I’d like to fight,” Ramirez said. “He’s got a head start on me, he’s a world champion already. And he might not be long for 126 pounds. But it’s a fight I want. But I want to win a world title, I want to fight the best fighters in the world, and it’s a fight I expect will eventually happen.”

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