Before pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford enters the ring to defend his WBO welterweight world title against Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, a STACKED undercard will look to steal the show on Saturday, December 14th.
Two of New York City’s flashiest and most promising prospects, Brooklyn’s Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga and the Bronx’s Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas, are ready for their hometown close-ups at Madison Square Garden.
In a battle of unbeatens, Crawford stablemate Steve “So Cold” Nelson will take on Cem “Champ” Kilic in a 10-rounder for the vacant NABO super middleweight title.
Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez, who hails from just across the Hudson River in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., will face Manuel Mendez in an eight-round super lightweight tilt.
Australian lightweight contender George Kambosos Jr. will fight former lightweight world champion Mickey Bey in a 10-rounder.
The rest of the ESPN main card includes lightweight world titlist Richard Commey defending against Teofimo Lopez and popular Irish featherweight Michael Conlan seeking to avenge his highly controversial 2016 Olympic quarterfinal loss to Russian nemesis Vladimir Nikitin.
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