It’s St. Patrick’s Day! So put down your green mass-produced American light beer, stop vomiting on your neighbor long enough to get some corned beef on your plate, and get on in here for some fights from New York, featuring the return of Michael Conlan, some other Irish guys, and Luis Collazo vs Samuel Vargas.
Fights begin at 3 pm ET and the main card starts at 6 pm ET, everything streaming live on ESPN+.
Conlan (10-0, 6 KO) will face Ruben Garcia Hernandez (24-3-2, 10 KO) in a 10-round fight. Conlan, of course, is heavily favored — there are money fights in his future, he’s not facing serious threats at this point. Hernandez is best-known for losses to Nonito Donaire, Randy Caballero, and Rafael Rivera.
The Collazo-Vargas fight is the card’s only really competitive matchup on paper, actually. Collazo (38-7, 20 KO) and Vargas (30-4-2, 14 KO) are in a must-win situation, particularly Collazo, who could find himself in a WBO title fight against Terence Crawford as soon as this year if he can win.
The rest of the lineup:
- Josue Vargas (12-1, 8 KO) vs Adriano Ramirez (10-2, 6 KO), junior welterweights, 8 rounds
- Paddy Barnes (5-1, 1 KO) vs Oscar Mojica (11-5-1, 1 KO), bantamweights, 6 rounds
- Vladimir Nikitin (2-0, 0 KO) vs Juan Tapia (8-2, 3 KO), featherweights, 6 rounds
- Joseph Adorno (11-0, 10 KO) vs Victor Rosas (10-8, 4 KO), lightweights, 6 rounds
- John Bauza (11-0, 5 KO) vs Ricardo Maldonado (8-8-1, 1 KO), junior welterweights, 6 rounds
- Lee Reeves (2-0, 2 KO) vs Edward Torres (1-1, 0 KO), junior welterweights, 4 rounds