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Kavaliauskas vs. Abreu now headlines Fresno, CA ESPN card

The Jose Ramirez-Danny O’Connor WBC super lightweight title bout was called off after it was determined O’Connor was physically unable to compete. Ramirez will now make his first title defense at a later date, while the NABF welterweight title bout between Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas and Juan Carlos Abreu has been elevated to the main event Saturday night at the Save Mart Center (9:30 p.m. ET).

The new ESPN televised co-feature will see Andy Vences defending the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title against Frank De Alba.

The rest of the card will go on as planned and be streamed on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Said Ramirez: “This is the first time I’ve been in this situation. I’m very shocked. I weighed in because I wanted to show everyone that I did my part and cut the weight that I had to cut. I sacrificed 10 weeks away from home and got myself ready for this fight. I don’t even know what to say. I hope the fans still come out tomorrow and support the show and support the movement, fighting for immigration.”

“It’s a terrible shame when something like this happens,” Bob Arum said. “We will schedule a new fight for Jose as soon as possible. We in boxing have an obligation to put the health and safety of the fighters first. Kavaliauskas versus Abreu and Vences versus De Alba are two very competitive fights.”

Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas is a hard-punching welterweight with hopes of being in the mix with Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez Jr as one of the best fighters in the welterweight division. Kavaliauskas is known for his explosive and tremendous power.

Juan Carlos Abreu, who is promoted by Don Chargin and Paco Damian, is riding a career high after stopping Jesus Soto Karass is looking to pull off another upset on ESPN as this will be his second appearance on the network.

Kavaliauskas-Abreu and Vences-DeAlba will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET.  The entire undercard will be shown on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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