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Xander Zayas and Tyler McCreary lead June 12th Stevenson-Nakathila prelims

Zayas fights for the fifth time since September

Emanuel Navarrete v Christopher Diaz Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

As is tradition for their events, Top Rank’s June 12th Shakur Stevenson vs. Jeremiah Nakathila show will feature a number of young up-and-comers on the ESPN+ undercard, including Puerto Rican young gun Xander Zayas, once-beaten super featherweight Tyler McCreary, and Team USA standout Troy Isley.

The 18-year-old Zayas (8-0, 6 KO) has been appropriately active during his 1.5-year career, as this will be his fifth fight in nine months. They’re still taking it slow with regards to opposition, however; Ireland’s Fryers (11-3, 4 KO) is coming off of two one-sided losses, the most recent of them to another Puerto Rican prospect (and member of this card) in John Bauza (14-0, 5 KO).

McCreary (16-1-1, 7 KO) hasn’t fought since November 2019, where he took a whooping from Carl Frampton but managed to fracture both of “The Jackal’s” hands with his face in the process. The press release describes opponent Manuel Rey Rojas (20-5, 6 KO) a “veteran spoiler” on the strength of his April losing effort against Albert Bell.

In addition to the aforementioned Isley (1-0, 0 KO) and Bauza, the lineup also features Bryan Lua (7-0, 3 KO) against fellow undefeated super featherweight Frevian Gonzalez (4-0, 1 KO) and the latest from Kasir Goldston (2-0, 1 KO) and Jahi Tucker (3-0, 2 KO).

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