By Mark Elezaj
Las Vegas – Fight fans rejoice, boxing and mixed martial arts are back in business in Nevada.
The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow two Top Rank boxing shows and two UFC events in Las Vegas over the next two weeks.
Both Top Rank and the UFC have worked closely with the commission in recent weeks creating protocols, according to the commission’s executive director Bob Bennett.
“Throughout this process, we’ve been working hand in glove with the UFC,” Bennett said. “I’m aware of their operations plan, and everything is moving forward based on their operations plan and our protocols.”
The Nevada Commission has reportedly given boxing the green light to restart on June 9th and June 11th on ESPN for Top Rank’s behind closed doors card.
Shakur Stevenson will be headlining the June 9th card when he steps back into the ring to face Felix Caraballo in the headline attraction on Tuesday, June 9th.
Both fighters, as well as their cornermen, will be tested twice during fight week to make sure that they’re not sick from the coronavirus. The fighters will be staying on a specially assigned floor in the hotel, training at the Top Rank gym and eating at restaurants chosen by Top Rank.
It’s still unknown which fighters will be on the June 11th card on ESPN.
The UFC also confirmed their plans to stage a fight card without fans in attendance Saturday night at the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas, followed by the UFC 250 pay-per-view show on June 6th.
The UFC is expected to stage several cards in Las Vegas over the upcoming weeks.
Dana White also intends to hold other fights on a private island for fighters not based in the U.S.
The upcoming UFC event Saturday will be headlined by former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who will be facing Gilbert Burns.
The main event of UFC 250 on June 6 will feature two-division champion Amanda Nunes, who will be defending her featherweight title against Felicia Spencer.
Moving forward, British promoter Eddie Hearn said that he will be holding his own cards in July on the 15th at the Matchroom Boxing HQ in England, while Golden Boy Promotions is expected to hold a card on July 4th, headlined by Ryan Garcia.
~ The Fighting Voice ~