The sensational Shakur Stevenson played the position of headliner and shined. Stevenson, the previous featherweight world champion, secured a 10-round unanimous choice over veteran Toka Kahn Clary within the junior lightweight leading experience Saturday from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble.
Stevenson (15-0, eight KOs), the WBO No. 1 junior light-weight contender, has a title shot on his mind, however he even so laid a beating on Clary (28-three, 19 KOs). The scorecards — a hundred-90 throughout the board — were a formality.
Up next, if he gets his wish, is a shot on the WBO junior light-weight world title.
“He knew a way to continue to exist. He got here in there to survive, and that’s what he did,” Stevenson pointed out. “I desire the WBO belt first. The winner of Carl Frampton and Jamel Herring ought to come see me. After that, we desire WBC world champion Miguel Berchelt.”
Nakatani Shocks Verdejo
Trailing huge on the scorecards, Masayoshi Nakatani came from in the back of and earned probably the most giant win of his career.
Nakatani (19-1, 13 KOs) scored a pair of knockdowns in the ninth circular to cease Puerto Rican star Felix Verdejo in the ninth circular of a scheduled 10-circular lightweight bout. Knocked down within the first and fourth rounds, Nakatani, in his first bout when you consider that a call loss to Teofimo Lopez in July 2019, stormed lower back with a pair of knockdowns in the ninth to clinch the stunning stoppage.
Verdejo (27-2, 17 KOs) saw his four-bout winning streak come to an end, and at the time of the stoppage, he turned into main on all three scorecards (78-72 2x and seventy seven-seventy four).
After the bout, a jubilant Nakatani set his sights on a rematch with Lopez, now the undisputed lightweight world champion.
“I fought Lopez, and that i desired to battle him once more, and that’s why I kept going,” Nakatani spoke of. “I want to go for the knockout like I did today, and that’s going to be my fashion.”
Berlanga’s sweet sixteen
Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga did it once more. The Brooklyn brawler knocked out Ulises Sierra in the first round, the 16th consecutive first-circular knockout for the 23-year-old phenom. Sierra (15-2-2, 9 KOs), from San Diego, had never been knocked out as an expert, however he became cannon fodder. Berlanga knocked him down thrice within the opening stanza, forcing referee Russell Mora to stop the bout at 2:40.
Berlanga noted, “I need rounds. The improved competitors, the stronger opposition we combat, I believe we’re going to get those rounds in. We ended 2020 with a bang. 2021 is a big 12 months for us, and i’m eager for it.
“Tito Trinidad become my idol. He nevertheless is. simply being with him spread out my eyes as to what boxing is set, the dedication, the center of attention, leaving the streets and the dangerous individuals on my own.”
In undercard bouts:
Middleweight: Quincy LaVallais (10-0-1, 5 KOs) UD eight Clay Collard (9-three-3, four KOs). rankings: seventy seven-75 2x and seventy eight-74. LaVallais upset cult favourite Collard over eight rounds, sweeping the remaining two rounds to earn the resolution. Collard entered the fight 5-0 in 2020, but he become no fit for the slick boxing of LaVallais. This became a rematch of a June 2019 draw, and LaVallais has now received three in a row for the reason that that disputed verdict.
gentle Flyweight: Jesse Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) KO 2 Saul Juarez (25-13-2, 13 KOs), 2:05. San Antonio product Rodriguez, 20, dominated the previous two-time world title challenger, sending him to the canvas for the entire 10-count with a left uppercut. Rodriguez has now received five straight fights via stoppage.
Featherweight: Robeisy Ramirez (6-1, four KOs) TKO 6 Brandon Valdes (13-2, 7 KOs), 2:forty nine. Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Ramirez authored probably the most finished efficiency of his career, becoming the primary man to cease Colombian veteran Valdes. Referee Russell Mora deducted a point from Valdes within the sixth for low blows, and shortly after the foul, Ramirez unloaded on Valdes in a impartial nook. Mora stepped in and halted the bout with eleven seconds last within the round.
Featherweight: Haven Brady Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) RTD 2 Michael Land (1-2, 1 KO). After two rounds of punishment, referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight in favor of Brady, an 18-yr-historical good Rank signee from Albany, Georgia.
Welterweight: Kasir Goldston (2-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 Llewelyn McClamy (2-1, 1 KO), 1:35. Goldston notched the first stoppage of his younger profession, flattening McClamy twice in lower than two rounds of motion. Goldston, 17, signed a professional contract with properly Rank earlier this yr.