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Is Abdullah Mason the next big thing in boxing with Top Rank's support?

Abdullah Mason must be on cloud nine right now! His upcoming eighth-round fight against Puerto Rican veteran Luis Lebron has been upgraded to feature in the main card of Saturday’s Shakur Stevenson vs. Artem Harutyunyan Top Rank announced today. The hot prospect from Bedford, Ohio has been tearing through his division to become one of boxing’s hottest young prospects.

Mason is coming off three back-to-back knockouts of Ronal Ron, Benjamin Gurment, and Jose Cardenas respectively in the last eight months, as he looks to make his debut in a broadcast fight at the Prudential Center in Newark. So, hearing the great news, even the twenty-year-old undefeated boxer could not hold in his excitement!

Abdullah Mason sums up his excitement in six words

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Turning to X, earlier today Top Rank announced, “@AbdullahMason_ ‘s eight-round bout vs Luis Lebron has been added to Saturday’s televised main card.” So, Mason quickly hopped on his X to express his excitement, writing, “4 days till we on @espn”. Besides Mason, the card features some great names fans would love to watch on ESPN this coming weekend. 

Besides Shakur Stevenson’s last fight under the Top Rank umbrella, O’Shaquie Foster will look to defend his WBC junior-lightweight title against Brazilian Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceição in the co-main event of the night. That’s not all, folks! Even rising star Keyshawn Davis is featured on the exciting card fighting Mexican power-puncher Miguel Madueño in a 10-round clash. 

Since turning professional in November 2021 with Top Rank, the 20-year-old has seen nothing but success in the ring, which never went unnoticed by the veteran promoter and the head of Top Rank Bob Arum.

Bob Arum is in awe of Mason’s breathtaking performance

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Ahead of Mason’s dramatic encounter with Ronal Ron in the ring in April, Bob Arum couldn’t stop praising the young prospect for the things he had done in the ring and will do in the future. In fact, except for his eighth fight against Cesar Villarraga in August 2023 and his fourth fight against Angel Rebollar in August 2022, the Cleveland, Ohio resident has won every fight via a knockout.

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So, during an interview with the oldest boxing publication—The Ring Magazine, Arum proudly said, “Abdullah Mason is a tremendous talent… He’s really breathtaking in the ring and we anticipate a lot of years of promoting his fights. He can be a major, major star in boxing.” Despite his tremendous success, however, Arum is following the Top Rank mantra to guide Mason toward success.

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Highlighting Mason’s young age, Arum said, “We don’t want to rush him crazily, even though a lot of people say that he could compete with much older guys. There’s no rush with Abdullah.”

Having said that, it looks like it’s finally time for Mason to show what he can do as he locks horns with much older 31-year-old Luis Lebron in the coming weekend. The only way to leave a mark would be to score a knockout win, something fans in the audience and at home are looking forward to. Do you think Abdullah Mason can do it again in his TV debut?