After a nearly three-month cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, boxing has finally returned to ESPN. Top Rank promotions put on a six-fight card, with the main event featuring super featherweight, Shakur Stevenson.
Although the fights felt relatively “normal” the only thing that felt different was the lack of fans. Plus fighters had to stay in their locker rooms alone to promote social distancing. Fighters were also assigned cut-men in their corners.
With all these temporary changes the bouts were somewhat entertaining. Two of the six fights ended within the first round. However, the best fight of the night was the second bout that pinned middleweights, Calvin Metcalf and Quatavious Cash against each other.
The Metcalf and Cash fight was highly entertaining, however the doctor ended the match in the sixth and final round due to a cut over Metcalf’s right eye. The fight went to the scorecards and Cash won the technical decision.
We also saw heavyweight prospect, Jared Anderson take on Johnnie Langston. Anderson won the fight by TKO in the third round. He also showed incredible skill against Langston. Anderson is likely only a few years away from fighting for a title.
Newark native, Shakur Stevenson took on Felix Caraballo in a 10-round bout. Stevenson was deadly and picked his shots wisely. His speed along with his unrelenting power overwhelmed the older Caraballo. Stevenson landed a beautifully executed body shot that ultimately ended the fight.
Now that boxing is officially back, it seems that we are one step closer to returning to normal. While there were some changes to pre and post-fight rituals; like cleaning the ring after each bout. ESPN and Top Rank will be running a month long schedule of two fights per-week, Tuesdays and Thursdays.