Stevenson Knocks Out Yoshino
The King of Brick City has just put the lightweight division
Undefeated former two-weight world champion Shakur Stevenson
(20-0, 10 KOs) secured his shot at the WBC lightweight title
with a commanding sixth-round TKO against Japanese puncher
Shuichiro Yoshino (16-1, 12 KOs) Saturday night in front of
a hometown crowd at Newark's Prudential Center.
Stevenson’s arsenal was on full display tonight as he used
his signature lead right hand to control range before
landing his offense. Yoshino, who had questioned Stevenson’s
power before the fight, was aggressive but in a way that was
The 25-year-old picked up on this and clipped him with a
short left hand, dropping him in the second round. Stevenson
then was able to do anything he wanted, whether it was to
pick shots on the outside or to even allow himself to be
pushed on the ropes to land counter uppercuts to the body.
In the fourth round, a three-punch combo sent Yoshino to the
canvas for the second time. Stevenson continued landing at
will until referee Allen Huggins was forced to stop the
action at 1:35 of the sixth.
Stevenson said. “He felt my power. I sat down on a couple
punches and dropped him. Honestly, I wanted the ref to let
it go on a little bit longer. I had just caught my second
wind. I was going to put him out.
“Newark’s main name is the Bricks. And tonight, I had bricks
in my hands. We did what we were supposed to do. We settled
our business. And now we’re going to enjoy it with the
“Just tell all those other lightweights to get ready. I’m
waiting for them. I can’t wait for them to finish the fights
they’ve got going on, and then it’s my turn.
"Tell him [Devin Haney] to come on. I’ve been waiting for
this for a long time. I swear to God. I’ve been waiting for
that for a long time. Me and Devin been in the ring with
each other for years. I always got the best of Devin. Tell
him, ‘come on.’"
Jared Anderson Finishes George Arias in Three
Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (14-0, 14 KOs) is ready
for the top names in the heavyweight division.
The 6’4, 240-pound wrecking ball handed George Arias (18-1,
7 KOs) his first defeat as a pro with a third-round TKO in
tonight’s co-feature. Anderson took control of the center of
the ring to start the bout, while Arias, who is only 5’11”,
eschewed conventional wisdom and tried boxing from the
A disciplined jab from Anderson allowed him to easily win
the first two rounds. In the third, however, the 23-year-old
native of Toledo, Ohio, switched to southpaw and began
picking up the pace with violent combinations.
A left uppercut followed by a right hook from Anderson
wobbled Arias towards the end of the round. Arias, who had
by then suffered a cut above his left eye, went to his
corner at the sound of the bell. But his team, after seeing
the condition he was in, informed referee David Fields to
put a halt to the fight.
Anderson said, “I’m the best heavyweight in the world. I
don’t give a f*ck what nobody is talking about. You hear me?
I made that look easy man because he helped me make it look
easy. He wasn’t throwing punches for real. I kept my defense
right. My jab was on point. It was an easy night.
“I want those top names. I want those top contenders.
Everybody who keeps calling people out, put my name on the
list now. I’m not ducking. I’m not running. And you goin’ to
catch this smoke.”
Keyshawn Davis Batters Anthony Yigit
U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (8-0, 6 KOs)
faced his stiffest challenge to date, and he passed with
The 24-year-old standout defeated former world title
challenger Anthony Yigit (26-3-1, 10 KOs) via TKO in the
ninth round of their scheduled 10-rounder.
Davis took the center of the ring at the opening bell and
began walking down Yigit, who was clearly uncomfortable with
the pressure being applied. By the third and fourth rounds,
Davis exuded confidence, landing single shots to the body
before easily evading return fire and often doubling and
tripling punches with a single hand in round five.
In the seventh round, Yigit began talking trash in a
desperate attempt to get Davis to abandon his game plan, but
it was to no avail as the native of Norfolk, Virginia, began
punishing Yigit with combos. The continued offense from
Davis forced referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to end the fight at
:21 of the ninth.
Davis said, “It was fun. We were both talking trash. He kind
of brought that anger out of me today, but I had to find a
way to control it, and we got the victory.
“I really just asked ‘BoMac’ what to do. He told me to start
moving to my left more, to use more feints, and to let him
come to me so that the knockout can come.”
Heavyweights: Polish power prevailed tonight as Damian Knyba
(11-0, 7 KOs) scored an eighth-round TKO over Curtis Harper
(14-9, 9 KOs). In the opening round, Harper was deducted a
point for hitting Knyba while referee Harvey Dock called for
a break. Nevertheless, the 6-foot-7, 258-pound heavyweight
punished Harper for the rest of the fight. Time of stoppage:
Middleweights: Former amateur standout Troy Isley (9-0, 4
KOs) defeated Roy Barringer (9-4, 6 KOs) via eight-round
unanimous decision. Isley began the fight aggressively, but
Barringer stood his ground in the center of the ring and
landed his own share of power shots. But, by the third
round, Isley began to impose his will with straight right
hands and counter shots. Scores: 79-73 and 80-72 2x.
Featherweights: Brooklyn's Bruce “ShuShu” Carrington (7-0, 4
KOs) tallied an impressive second-round TKO win over Brandon
Chambers (9-1-1, 5 KOs). Carrington finished the fight by
pushing Chambers to the corner with punches through and
around his guard, forcing him down to one knee. This was
second time that Carrington had beaten an undefeated
fighter. Time of stoppage: 2:46.
Junior Welterweights: Kelvin Davis (8-0, 5 KOs), the older
brother of Keyshawn, scored a lopsided six-round unanimous
decision win against Nelson Morales (3-5). Scores: 60-54 2x
Welterweights: Antoine Cobb (1-0-3, 1 KO) and Jaylan
Phillips (1-2-3, 1 KO) fought to a majority draw following
four rounds of action, the third straight draw for these two
combatants. Scores: 40-36 Cobb and 38-38 2x.