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  Shakur Shines In Boxing's Comeback Show

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Boxing came back in style with a spectacular performance by Super featherweight Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8 KO’s) who man handled Felix Caraballo (13-2-2, 9 KO’s) with the greatest of ease. It’s pretty clear that the pandemic lockdown did not diminish Shakur’s skill or timing. Looking like he never missed a beat Stevenson was on the top of his game. Caraballo came out strong looking to rough up Shakur but it wasn’t long before Stevenson sized up the situation and took over. The punching accuracy of Stevenson was extremely impressive in this fight, it seemed everything he threw landed with a purpose.

If there was a downside for Stevenson it was him hurting his left hand at the mid-point of the battle. Realizing Caraballo’s head was a tough nut to crack Shakur went to a body attack that broke down his foe in quick fashion. A left-hand counter to the Solarplexes put Caraballo down in the sixth round. As Caraballo groaned in agony, Steveson raised his hand in victory. That was literally one & done. Officially the bout was brought to an end at the 1:31 mark of round six.

Afterword’s promoter Bob Arum was proud to say, “What a magnificent performance by Shakur Stevenson. He keeps on getting better, and rest assured, he is a future pound-for-pound superstar. I have thank everyone involved — from our staff to the folks at ESPN and MGM Resorts — for making this event a reality.”

Shakur Stevenson went on to say, “Everything about this fight week was different, from the fight week to the weight cut. After my last fight was canceled, I was happy to showcase my skills for all of the boxing fans.He hit me with a couple shots, more than I’m used to, a couple jabs here and there. He was a tough guy, but I felt great in there after my training camp in Houston.”

Heavyweight Jared Anderson (4-0, 4 KO’s) showed little or no mercy against human punching bag Johnnie Langston (8-3, 3 KO’s) in this co-featured attraction. Anderson threw everything but the kitchen sink at Langston. Orthodox to Southpaw, Anderson was multi-dimensional in this impressive display of combination punching. The tough Langston was pummeled until the bout was stopped in round three at the 1:55 mark.

Reflecting on his fight Anderson remarked, “He took some good shots. He was a tough opponent. I did what I wanted to. I did some stuff I didn’t want to do. I got caught with a good shot. It didn’t hurt me, but I definitely got caught with it. I know a different opponent could hurt me with a shot like that. We’ll go back to the drawing board and see what I did wrong. This wasn’t what I expected, but it was a great experience. I’m happy I got the opportunity to showcase my talents on ESPN at such a young age.”

Heavyweight Guido Vianello (7-0, 7 KO’s) took on a completely overmatched Don Haynesworth (16-4-1, 14 KO’s) in this battle of the big boys. A lazy jab to the body by Haynseworth was met with a Vianello right hand counter upside the head. Down went Haynseworth. This one was over at the 2:16 mark of the very first round.

On his performance Vianello stated, “It was an interesting experience. I spent three days relaxing in my hotel room, but everything went according to plan. I knew the right hand would be there, so I worked to set up that shot. I could not have asked for anything more.”

Middleweight Quatavious Cash (12-2, 7 KO’s) took on a tough as nails Calvin Metcalf (10-4-1, 3 KO’s) in this scheduled six round bout. Cash was obviously the more athletically gifted man in the ring but Metcalf used his come forward at all times attack to make Cash work more than he wanted to.


A headbutt opened a cut in the eyelid of Metcalf in the mid-rounds and it bled consistently after that. In round six the cut got worse and after looking at the crescent moon gash the ringside physician brought a halt to the show sending this on to the scorecards. Cash took a technical decision with scores reading 60-54, 60-55 & 59-55.

Featherweight Robeisy Ramirez (3-1, 3 KO’s) brought boxing back to TV with a left-handed dismantling of Yeuri Andujar (5-4, 1 KO). It took Ramirez less than one minute to drop Andjaur twice. The first knockdown came via a left hand to the chin. Andujar rose to his feet but Ramirez wasted no time as he used that same left hand to send Andujar through the ropes forcing the ref to stop this one at the 54 second mark of round 1.

On being the first televised fight since the pandemic lockdown Ramirez said, “It was an honor to be the first fight back, and I am proud of the performance I gave tonight. My pro debut is long behind me, and I am progressing with every fight. I hope to return shortly.” I have a great trainer in Ismael Salas, who continues to add dimensions to my game. He is the man to lead me to a world title. Shakur is a world champion, and that’s a fight I want down the line. But I have to continue my winning ways and prove that I’m worthy of that opportunity as a pro.”


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