Ringside report: Shakur steals the show

Chris Glover
15/07/2019 8:07pm

Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images

Chris Glover reports from ringside in Newark, as featherweight Shakur Stevenson dazzles in front of his home fans...

Shakur Stevenson stole the show in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey as he demolished Alberto Guervara in three rounds on Saturday night.

Stevenson flew out of the blocks early, as it was apparent he wanted to put on a show in front of his fellow New Jersey natives and that is exactly what he did. The 2016 Olympic Silver medalist utilised his lightning-fast speed from the outset, as he set a high pace that immediately sent his Mexican dance partner onto the backfoot.

The power of Stevenson was apparent early as he sent his opponent to the canvas on multiple occasions throughout the three one-sided rounds, that saw Stevenson display an excellent punch variety alongside his rapid hand speed and apparent punch power.

Stevenson opened up post-fight regarding his performance. The New Jersey native stated, "That was a great performance I put on for the city of Newark. Top Rank, you all have to give me better competition I want the IBF and WBO [titles]. I would love to go to England to fight Josh Warrington.”

"I surprised myself today. I was going to the body a lot. I saw him at the weigh-in. He didn’t look like he was in shape.

"I see me bringing big fights to Newark I see me bringing boxing back to Newark. Brick City, I appreciate you all. Without you, I wouldn't be who I am.”

The co-main event featured a very close contest for the WBO NABO bantamweight title between Josh Greer Jr and Nikolai Potapov in a fight that was cagey throughout and may saw in favour of Potapov due to his willingness to attempt to push the fight. Despite this, the judges scored in favour of Greer Jr who now will eye a clash with current WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete.

The undercard saw Josue Vargas produce a quality display as he stopped Manuel Lopez in round seven of their eight- round contest. Indian superstar Vijender Singh recorded his first victory on US soil as he stopped Mike Snider with relative ease in the fourth round of their scheduled eight-round contest.

The 17-year-old West Essex, NJ, sensation Vito Mielnicki Jr recorded a devastating first-round knockout, in what looks to be the start of a very exciting career for the multi-time US national champion. There were also wins for Julian Rodriguez and Joseph Adorno on an exciting evening of boxing promoted by Bob Arum's legendary Top Rank Promotions at Newark's Prudential Center.