Stevenson Set for Stroll in the Garden

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Boxing returns to Madison Square Garden with rising star Shakur Stevenson in action.

Shakur Stevenson in action at Madison Square Garden

Professional boxing is back on the agenda on Tuesday night after nearly three months on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Boxing chiefs have watched closely as combat rival the UFC has continued to rumble on, albeit behind closed doors, during these troubling times, and they get the show back on the road in Sin City.

The card, presented by Top Rank, is headlined by WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson, although his belt won’t be on the line when he faces Felix Caraballo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Household names may be lacking but fight fans will be pleased to see the sport returning to some normality as we head into what could be a blockbuster summer.

Is Stevenson the New Floyd Mayweather?

Stevenson, who won the vacant WBO featherweight title courtesy of a unanimous decision victory over Joet Gonzalez in October, isn’t expected to have too many issues against the relatively unknown Caraballo.

Many have been keeping close tabs on the exciting Stevenson since winning silver at the 2016 Olympics and he hasn’t disappointed after turning professional in April 2017.

The 22-year-old has been compared to the legendary Floyd Mayweather, a former Top Rank fighter himself, after winning all 13 of his trips to the ring.

In stark contrast, Caraballo, a 33-year-old Puerto Rican, has never previously competed outside of his homeland and isn’t fancied to cause an upset, while his initial failure to make weight on Monday could also hinder his chances of success against Sugar.

Understandably, rising star Stevenson is the heavy favourite for this 130-pound super flyweight bout and can be backed at 1/350*, while Caraballo is priced at 15/1 to triumph.

Heavyweight Action at the Garden

Meanwhile, Jared Anderson will attempt to further enhance his growing reputation when he faces compatriot Johnnie Langston on the undercard.

Anderson has won all three of his professional bouts and is priced at 1/100 as he looks to make it four in a row, while Langston has lost two of his last three visits to the ring and is a 10/1 outsider.

This heavyweight bout is scheduled for six-rounds but the likelihood of hearing the final bell is minimal when considering Anderson’s record.

Big Baby has ended all three of his professional fights in the first round, stopping American trio Daniel Infante, Stephen Kirnon and Andrew Satterfield with his heavy hands and is available at 5/2 to close this one out in round one.

After an impressive start to Langston’s pro career, winning seven on the bounce, the train has derailed somewhat over the past 12 months following defeats to Lyubomyr Pinchuk and Roney Hines either side of beating Grover Young.

Heavyweight ‘Gladiator’ Climbing the Ladder

Further down the card, Guido ‘The Gladiator’ Vianello will attempt to continue his ascent up the heavyweight ladder when he faces New York native Don Haynesworth.

Vianello, a 1/66 favourite, will have his 6-0 undefeated record on the line when he squares off against 39/4 shot Haynesworth.

The Italian, who recently took up residency in Las Vegas, is yet to take on a big name opponent but has his eyes set on the top end of one of most exciting divisions in the sport.

With all six of his victories coming inside the distance, Vianello will be hoping to continue that trend in Vegas and he can be backed at 4/25 to win via KO, TKO or Disqualification.

*All odds correct at time of writing

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