Stevenson vs Clary (Las Vegas, ESPN/ESPN+)
- Quincy LaVallais UD-8 Clay Collard (77-75, 77-75, 78-74)
- Jesse Rodriguez KO-2 Saul Juarez (2:05)
- Robeisy Ramirez TKO-6 Brandon Valdes (2:49)
- Haven Brady Jr RTD-2 Michael Land (3:00)
- Kasir Goldston TKO-2 Llewelyn McClamy (1:35)
Colbert vs Arboleda (Uncasville, Conn., SHO)
- Richardson Hitchins SD-10 Argenis Mendez (93-97, 98-92, 99-91)
- Ronald Ellis TKO-5 Matt Korobov (0:01)
Tonight with all the coverage beginning at 7:30 pm ET, we’ll be here with live fight-by-fight results for TWO (2) cards spread across THREE (3) broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN+, and Showtime.
Some quick bullet point rundowns of what you’ll see on the shows tonight:
How to Watch Stevenson vs Clary
Date: Saturday, Dec. 12 | Start Time: 10 pm ET (Main Card), 7:30 pm ET (Prelims)
Location: Top Rank Bubble, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
Stream: ESPN+ (Prelims) | TV: ESPN (Main Card)
- Former featherweight titlist Shakur Stevenson headlines in a 10-round junior lightweight main event against Toka Kahn Clary, who was once a prospect but is now 28 and has a pretty clear ceiling, and the ceiling is a few floors under where Stevenson has established residence. This is a short notice main event, as Shakur stepped in to save Top Rank’s 2020 finale after Berchelt-Valdez fell through, and Clary was ready and willing to take the call.
- Felix Verdejo and Masayoshi Nakatani meet in a 135-pound matchup that does have some real impact on the division. If Verdejo can get a win and look good, people are going to start talking about him again; that’d be five straight after his shock upset loss in 2018, and at 27 it’s not like Felix is a super-busted old man. Nakatani is tough, went 12 with Teofimo Lopez, has awkward dimensions with his height. Good matchup for both right now.
- Edgar Berlanga will open the ESPN portion at 10 pm ET, as he looks to make it 16 straight first round stoppage wins to kick off his career. He takes on Ulises Sierra in an eight-rounder. Berlanga’s buzz is building for real thanks to some Bubble work, after not many months ago people going, “Haha, who is that? I haven’t heard of him so HE must suck, it’s not that I’m not as informed as I like to think.” Sierra is coming off of a loss to Vladimir Shishkin in January, but he did go 10. He lost 10, but he went 10.
- The ESPN+ prelims start at 7 pm ET. Folk hero Clay Collard returns to rematch Quincy LaVallais, after the two went to a draw in June 2019 in New Orleans, which is LaVallais’ backyard. That was before COLLARDMANIA ran wild. Robeisy Ramirez and Elvis Rodriguez are back against opponents they should beat handily, Jesse Rodriguez takes on veteran Saul Juarez, and featherweight Haven Brady Jr and welterweight Kasir Goldston return for their second pro bouts. Top Rank and some fans, media, media-fans are going on about this being a STACKED!!! card which is kind of just a way of saying it has a lot of guys you’ve heard of maybe but lacking an actual good main event. As far as matchmaking it’s a pretty standard Bubble show.
How to Watch Colbert vs Arboleda
Date: Saturday, Dec. 12 | Start Time: 9 pm ET (Main Card)
Location: Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
- Chris Colbert faces Jaime Arboleda in a 12-round junior lightweight main event. Colbert is defending his interim WBA title in the fight. Colbert will be a big favorite here, as the 24-year-old looks to be emerging as a serious contender at 130, which is a good division with a lot of talent, but some of it is probably closer to a fade than prime years.
- The co-feature is a HUGE step up for 140-pound prospect Richardson Hitchins, as he faces veteran Argenis Mendez. Mendez has two straight draws with Anthony Peterson and Juan Heraldez, fights that could easily have gone his way, and before that was coming off of back-to-back wins over Ivan Redkach and Eddie Ramirez. This is a fight where Hitchins, 23, can show us if he might have a special talent level — or not.
- Ronald Ellis and Matt Korobov meet in a middleweight 10-rounder to open. Well, it’s a middlewight fight technically, though the 31-year-old Ellis came in at 166, five pounds over the 161 contract limit. The fight goes on anyway. Korobov was at 160. Korobov is a veteran in need of a win (he hasn’t actually gotten a W since Mar. 2018, going a controversial 0-2-1 in his last three) and Ellis is no prospect at his age, with a history of inconsistent performance.
Stevenson-Clary Prelims (ESPN+, 7:30 pm ET)
- Clay Collard (9-2-3, 4 KO) vs Quincy LaVallais (9-0-1, 5 KO), rematch, middleweights, 8 rounds
- Jesse Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KO) vs Saul Juarez (25-12-2, 13 KO), flyweights, 8 rounds
- Robeisy Ramirez (5-1, 3 KO) vs Brandon Valdes (13-1, 7 KO), featherweights, 8 rounds
- Haven Brady Jr (1-0, 1 KO) vs Michael Land (1-1, 1 KO), featherweights, 4 rounds
- Kasir Goldston (1-0, 0 KO) vs Llewelyn McClamy (2-0, 1 KO), welterweights, 4 rounds
Colbert-Arboleda Main Card (SHO, 9:00 pm ET)
- Chris Colbert (14-0, 5 KO) vs Jaime Arboleda (16-1, 13 KO), junior lightweights, 12 rounds
- Richardson Hitchins (11-0, 5 KO) vs Argenis Mendez (25-5-3, 12 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Ronald Ellis (17-1-2, 11 KO) vs Matt Korobov (28-3-1, 14 KO), middleweights*, 10 rounds
(* Ellis weighed in at 166, missing the contract weight of 161, but the fight goes on)
Stevenson-Clary Main Card (ESPN, 10:00 pm ET)
- Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8 KO) vs Toka Kahn Clary (28-2, 19 KO), junior lightweights, 10 rounds
- Felix Verdejo (27-1, 17 KO) vs Masayoshi Nakatani (18-1, 12 KO), lightweights, 10 rounds
- Edgar Berlanga (15-0, 15 KO) vs Ulises Sierra (15-1-2, 9 KO), super middleweights, 8 rounds