Tuesday Night in the “Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live Boxing returned AFTER A THREE MONTH HIATUS featuring WBO super featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson against tough Felix Caraballo in a non-title fight. It was a different atmosphere at the MGM grand not only for the fans watching action take place in an empty venue but for the fighters as well.
There would be no face-off after weigh ins, warm ups would be in an isolated ring away from everyone else, only production crew, corner-men, fighters and officials would be present. The ring would be sanitized with UV lights after every bout and even broadcast commentary would be different, rather than sitting ringside Andre Ward, Timothy Bradley and Mark Kreigel would be home calling action through Skype.
In order to simulate some of that “Live Atmosphere” ESPN used fans reactions to action recorded off ESPN’s “Crowd Noise” website.
The main event between Shakur Stevenson and Felix Caraballo was a one sided affair, while Caraballo gave an honest effort he lacked the speed and pedigree to trouble Stevenson. With his punches landing near the 50% mark and absorbing just a fraction of what he delivered, a body shot delivered by Stevenson to the abdomen of Caraballo at 1:31 of round six ended the affair. With the win Shakur Stevenson improved to 14-0 (8) while Caraballo now stands at 13-2-2(9).
Also on the card was Robeisy Ramirez the two time Cuban gold medalist who defeated Stevenson in the 2016 Olympics, he would face Yeuri Andujar in a scheduled six round affair. Since losing his pro debut in August of 2019 Ramirez has changed his style and team. The results have been evident winning his next two contest by stoppage and Tuesday night was no different.
Once the bell sounded Ramirez went right to work dropping Andujar once in the center of the ring and once in the corner forcing referee Tony Weeks to halt the contest at just 54 seconds into round one. With the win Robeisy Ramirez improved to 3-1 (3) while Yeuri Andujar now stands at 5-4 (3).
In an all action middleweight showdown Quatavious Cash defeated Calvin Metcalf inside of six rounds. The story of this bout was the volume of Cash against the pressure of Metcalf. There was an accidental clash of heads in round two with Metcalf getting the worse of it, he would still bore forward hoping he can wear Cash down but as the fight wore on that cut suffered by Metcalf would worsen.
At 35 seconds into round six, referee Jay Nady would call the ringside physician to examine the cut over Metcalf’s eye and upon examination suggested Nady halt the bout giving Cash the win by technical decision. With his win Quatavious Cash improved to 11-3(7) while Calvin Metcalf now stands at 10-4-1 (3).
In Heavyweight action Italy’s 2016 Olympian Guido Vianello improved to 7-0 (7) after he dominated then stopped journeyman Don Haynesworth 16-4-1(14) at the 2:15 mark of round one.
In a dominate performance twenty year old heavyweight prospect Jared “the Real Big Baby” Anderson improved to 4-0(4) after working over Johnnie Langston 8-3 (3) for three rounds.
The 2018 and 2019 national champion used nonstop pressure and combination punching to keep Langston on the back-foot from the opening bell. With nonstop punches to the head and body keeping Langston pinned against the ropes unable to do more than cover up with hopes Anderson slowed down, referee Jay Nady had little choice but to stop the affair at 1:55 of round three.
With high praise coming out of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s camp on the quality of sparring Anderson provided along with dominate performances since his debut. The twenty year old from Toledo Ohio is a fighter to keep an eye on.
While the card was not spectacular, boxing is once again active and with any luck sooner than later we will be back inside venues rather than watching from home.