Stevenson Defeats De Los Santos
To Win Lightweight World Title
Shakur Stevenson is now a three-weight king.
Stevenson (21-0, 10 KOs) captured the vacant WBC lightweight
crown with a unanimous decision win against Dominican
puncher Edwin De Los Santos (16-2, 14 KOs) Thursday evening
at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 26-year-old southpaw delivered a boxing clinic, rarely
giving De Los Santos any opportunity to land on him by
taking a step back to avoid exchanges.
De Los Santos grew more frustrated as the rounds progressed
and began to taunt Stevenson in the fifth round.
Nevertheless, Santos could not crack the Stevenson code and
spent the final rounds eating counterpunches and missing
when he threw.
One judge had it 115-113 while the other two had it 116-112.
Stevenson said, "I had a bad performance tonight. Thatís all
Iím really focused on. I wasnít feeling too good, so Iíll
live with it. Itís okay. I came here and got the victory,
and thatís all I wanted to do.
ďI just didnít feel good. I didnít feel good before the
fight. Honestly, I had already told myself that if I feel
like this in the ring and if itís not going well, Iím going
to make sure that I box and get the victory.Ē
De Los Santos said, "We all know what happened. He came for
a track meet. He didnít come to fight. I showed that I am on
a higher level because he never stood and fought like he
does with other fighters.
ďI did my job. He came to survive. Thatís what he did. They
gifted him the title, but Iím the peopleís champion.Ē
Navarrete and ConceiÁ„o Fight to Majority Draw
Emanuel Navarrete (38-1-1, 31 KOs) and Robson ConceiÁ„o
(17-2-1, 8 KOs) fought to a majority draw in tonightís
Navarrete, the reigning WBO junior lightweight world
champion, retained his title in a hard-fought battle. The
three-division Mexican champ struggled with ConceiÁ„oís
movement, but eventually found him in the fourth round with
combinations around his guard that dropped the Brazilian
Olympic gold medalist.
ConceiÁ„o showed heart and endurance, returning to exchange
in the center of the ring in round five. He often caught
Navarrete with counter right hands and seemed to gain
momentum, but he was sent to the canvas again in the seventh
ConceiÁ„o thrived in the later rounds, going blow for blow
until the final seconds of the twelfth round.
One judge had it 114-112 for Navarrete, which was overruled
by two scores of 113-113.
Navarrete said, "The decision is well-deserved. Robson is a
great fighter. He left his heart in the ring. There were
some details with regard to technique, but we accomplished
what we said we would do. We gave a great show for the fans.
And, at least, I am very happy to come away with the title.
ďHe deserves the rematch, but that decision doesnít depend
100 percent on me. But, if it does happen, I would train
even better. He knows how I fight, and I know how he fights,
so it would make for an excellent fight.Ē
ConceiÁ„o said, "It was a hard fight. He is very strong. It
was a difficult. But I know what I did tonight.
ďIt was a good fight. It deserves a rematch. If we do get
the rematch, we will both train harder and will give an even
Welterweight: Brian Norman Jr. (24-0, 19 KOs) captured the
WBO International welterweight title with a 10-round
unanimous decision win over the previously unbeaten Quinton
Randall (13-1-1, 3 KOs). The two engaged in many clinches
throughout the fight, which stifled the exchanges.
Nevertheless, Norman was aggressive enough to prevail.
Scoores: 99-91 2x and 97-93.
Bantamweights: In a battle between two of Las Vegas' best
prospects, Floyd "Cash Flow" Diaz (10-0, 3 KOs) notched an
eight-round split decision over Max Ornelas (15-2-1, 5 KOs)
to capture the WBC Youth bantamweight belt. Diaz, despite a
considerable height disadvantage, dropped Ornelas with left
hands in the second and third rounds. Ornelas rallied in the
later rounds, but it was not enough. Scores: 77-73 and 78-72
Diaz and 76-74 Ornelas.
Middleweights: Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympian Troy Isley (11-0, 4
KOs) overcame the toughest test of his career by
out-slugging Mexican warrior Vladimir Hernandez (14-6, 6
KOs) to win via unanimous decision. Isley entered the fight
determined to press the action, but Hernandez pinned him
against the ropes on several occasions, punching around his
guard. Isley, however, dug deep, and prevailed in most of
the exchanges, edging Hernandez by two rounds on the judgesí
scorecards. Scores: 77-75 3x.
Lightweight: Rising star Emiliano Fernando Vargas (8-0, 7
KOs) shined tonight with a second-round stoppage victory
against Brandon Mendoza (6-3, 6 KOs). Vargas hunted Mendoza
from the opening second, sending him to the canvas with a
combination in the first round before landing a chopping
right hand to end the contest in round two. Time of stoppage
Heavyweight: Australian southpaw Jackson "White Chocolate"
Murray (6-0, 4 KOs) remained unbeaten with a six-round
unanimous decision win against Steven Torres (6-1-1, 6 KOs).
Murray dropped Torres with a right hook in the third round
and controlled the contest with straight left hands. Scores:
Lightweight: 19-year-old phenom Abdullah Mason (11-0, 9 KOs)
scored a second-round knockout victory over Jose Cardenas
(7-2, 5 KOs). Mason dropped Cardenas with a left hand in the
first and finished him another left in the third. Time of
Junior Welterweight: Hugo Micallef (9-0, 2 KOs) made a
successful U.S. debut by outboxing Sergio Odabai (6-2-1, 3
KOs) en route to a stoppage win. "The Fresh Prince of
Monaco" landed at will in every round, forcing referee Raul
Caiz Jr. to finally halt the fight after the fourth stanza.
Super Middleweight: Giovanni Sarchioto (9-0, 8 KOs) opened
the night with a third-round TKO win over Lucas de Abreu
(14-5, 11 KOs). Time of stoppage: 2:06.