SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 13, 2019 – New Jersey native Shakur Stevenson enjoyed his homecoming performance in Newark, all nine minutes of it.
Stevenson (12-0, 7 KOs) made quick work of an outgunned Alberto Guevara (27-4, 12 KOs) of Mexico now living in El Cajon, California. Stevenson scored two knockdowns in the second round, and delivered the final body shot blow in the final minute of Round 3. David Fields reaches the count of ten at 2:37 of the round.
“That was a great performance I put on for the city of Newark. I’m glad everyone came out to support me,” said Stevenson.
“I surprised myself today,” said the 21-year-old featherweight. “I went to the body a lot. (Guevara) didn’t look in shape at the weigh-in.” Stevenson said he didn’t feel any particular pressure in his homecoming week fight.
“It ain’t no pressure when you’re built for this. I’ve been under pressure my entire life and now I’m a diamond. I see me bringing big fights to Newark, I see me bringing boxing back to Newark. I appreciate you all, without you I wouldn’t be who I am,” said Stevenson.
The young fighter said he wanted tougher competition and a title fight, calling out his promoter. “Top Rank, you have to give me better competition, Oscar Valdez, Leo Santa Cruz,” also naming IBF titleholder Josh Warrington along with Top Rank stablemate and and WBO champion Valdez. “I’m #1 challenger in the IBF, #3 in the WBO. I would love to go to England to fight Josh Warrington in December. Bob Arum, make it happen. Frank Warren, make it happen.”
To his credit, Stevenson is delivering increasingly entertaining performances, though Guevara was not exactly a formidable opponent. Stevenson has suffered some distracting bad behavior outside the ring. Here’s hoping his manager, former champion Andre Ward, will set him straight before his antics become a lifestyle.
Joshua Greer wins narrow decision over Nikolai Potapov
Bantamweight Joshua Greer of Chicago (21-1-1, 12 KOs) had hoped for a more impressive performance against Nikolai Potapov of Russia (20-2-1, 11 KOs), but had to settle for a narrow majority decision win on the cards. Scores were 116-112, 115-113, and 114-114.
Perhaps worse than a loss, fans at the Prudential Center booed the decision. It was a close fight and one where several rounds could have been scored either way. “The booing didn’t bother me,” said Greer. “I know I won the fight. Every time I hit him to the body, I hurt him. I didn’t get the knockout, but I got the win. Next time out, you’ll see the (‘Night Night’) pillow again.”
Greer made a lot of mistakes and is fortunate he didn’t pay for it. Fights like these can provide a learning opportunity rising stars need to refine their craft before facing top talent in their division, and Greer should look at it as such.
In undercard action, super middleweight Vijender Singh of India (11-0, 8 KOs) enjoyed a successful American debut on the undercard with a fourth round TKO win.
Daniel Dubois wins in style; Joe Joyce wins but doesn’t impress
In a London based fight event, Daniel Dubois (12-0, 11 KOs) proved he belongs among the best young heavyweights in the world with a definitive fifth round TKO win over Nathan Gorman (16-1, 11 KOs), winning a vacant British heavyweight title.
The 21-year-old Dubois is rough around the edges but he’s got all the athletic talent in the world to work with, and a killer mentality in the ring that serves him well. Dubois tagged Gorman to the body early, and Gorman never really got his feet entirely under him. Dubois puts nice combinations together for a man his size, similar to Andy Ruiz Jr. This time, the man with the more impressive physique won. Dubois may not be ready to take on the big four of the division, but he would be a test for nearly anyone else in the top 20.
Joe Joyce (10-0, 9 KOs) kept his record intact with an uninspiring decision win over Bryant Jennings of Philadelphia (24-4, 14 KOs). Joyce didn’t do his nickname “Juggernaut” any justice, showing poor defense and little follow-up against Jennings. The American landed by far the harder shots on Joyce, but he didn’t follow up properly against the Brit. Perhaps new trainer Adam Booth needs more time with Joyce, but at age 31 the clock is ticking and Joyce needs to make the most of his career now.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal is an award-winning boxing journalist covering the Sweet Science for Communities and for boxing fans worldwide. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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