Stevenson KO’s Guevara in thrilling homecoming
6: 49 AM ET
Dan RafaelESPN Senior Author
- 2013 BWAA Nat Fleischer Award winner for excellence in boxing journalism
- ESPN.com boxing author since 2005
- Five years at USA Right this moment time
Rising featherweight well-known person Shakur Stevenson made a triumphant homecoming as he blew out Alberto Guevara in a dominant third-round knockout performance Saturday night in Newark, Fresh Jersey, to retain his regional belt and transfer to the precipice of a shot at a world title.
Combating sooner than a partisan crowd of 5,150 within the predominant occasion of the Top Irascible Boxing on ESPN card at the Prudential Heart, Stevenson placed on a flawless performance, scoring two knockdowns within the 2d round sooner than striking Guevara away within the third.
“There is greatest one formulation to characterize tonight — wonderful,” Stevenson acknowledged of his first respectable battle in his fatherland. “Seeing all of my household, web squawk online visitors and all individuals from the metropolis advance out to fortify used to be improbable. We will assemble many extra fights and even bigger. We are bringing plentiful-time boxing again to Newark.”
Stevenson is already in a a actually major location to battle for the 126-pound world title held by Mexico’s Oscar Valdez, so he is anticipated to either battle Valdez by the slay of the year or battle for a vacant belt if Valdez strikes up to the junior lightweight division as he has talked about doing.
Stevenson would are looking out to battle Top Irascible stablemate Valdez for his title but additionally identified as out world titleholder Josh Warrington of England.
“I mediate or not it is that time,” Stevenson acknowledged of combating for a title. “I would admire to scoot to England to battle Josh Warrington. We can assemble that in December. Let’s accept it.”
Stevenson opened the battle as the aggressor in opposition to Guevara, who’s a counterpuncher, and by no draw slowed down. He landed body pictures and lengthy good jabs from his southpaw stance to take instantaneous administration of the battle. Guevara had no solutions for Stevenson’s offense. In the 2d round, Stevenson landed a left hand and good to the body to knock Guevara to a knee with 30 seconds to scoot. A straight left hand dropped Guevara for the 2d time within the final seconds of the round.
Stevenson (12-0, 7 KOs), 22, a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, persisted to dominate within the third round sooner than landing a four-punch combination — two pictures to the body, followed by an even and left to the head — that dropped Guevara on his again. He tried to accept to his feet but would per chance per chance additionally not beat the count from referee David Fields, who waved the battle over at 2 minutes, 37 seconds.
“That used to be a worthy performance that I placed on for the metropolis of Newark,” Stevenson acknowledged. “I’m cheerful they came out to fortify me. Top Irascible, you all gotta give me better competition. I need the IBF and WBO titles.
“I deal surprised myself today time. I used to be going for the body a lot. He did not perceive admire he used to be in form at the weigh-in, so I went to the body and performed him off to the head.”
According to CompuBox, Stevenson landed 32 of 67 punches (48%), whereas Guevara related with greatest 5 of 51 punches (10%).
Guevara, who took the battle on eight days’ leer, used to be the third opponent for this date with Stevenson. He used to be at the origin slated to battle Hairon Socarras (22-0-3, 13 KOs), but Socarras dropped out over quite a lot of unspecified points and used to be replaced by Franklin Manzanilla (18-5, 17 KOs), a archaic junior featherweight world title challenger, who withdrew final week announcing he had flu-admire indicators.
Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs), 28, of Mexico, a two-time bantamweight world title challenger who had been practising and used to be discontinuance to the 126-pound weight limit, accredited the battle without hesitation. But he lost his 2d battle in a row, having been outpointed by archaic junior featherweight world titlist Hugo Ruiz in January.
Greer edges Potapov in eliminator
In the co-feature, bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. escaped with a majority resolution over Nikolai Potapov in a title eliminator that Potapov dominated for lengthy stretches. The crowd booed the resolution and ESPN analysts Andre Ward and Timothy Bradley Jr. both known because it a shocking resolution, but Greer (21-1-1, 12 KOs), 25, of Chicago, nonetheless moved a step nearer to a shot at a world title.
One advise scored the battle 114-114, but totally different two gave it to Greer by rankings of 116-112 and 115-113.
“He’s very awkward with the Russian sort, but at the slay of the day, here is the consultants. I pulled it out,” Greer acknowledged. “The booing did not wretchedness me. I do know I won the battle. Each time I hit him to the body, I injure him. I did not accept the knockout, but I purchased the remove.”
The battle started slowly, with each man having a stare to accept internal, but come what might Potapov started deciding on off Greer’s punches and countering him successfully. Greer bought tagged incessantly with good fingers and showed no skill to alter after getting clocked with the identical punch over and over. A reliable hand from Greer shook Potapov within the final seconds of the fifth round, but it completely used to be a fleeting 2d.
By the eighth round, Potapov (20-2-1, 11 KOs), 29, a Russia native combating out of Fresh York, had given Greer a bloody nostril and perceived to be up to the designate. Greer coach John Pullman showed sizable self-discipline about how the battle used to be going after the ninth round when he told Greer that he wished to remove up the tempo. Greer had an even 10th round and perceived to injure Potapov with a left hook to the body. Pullman begged Greer for a plentiful 12th round, and whereas he did not bring a plentiful one, he won it on all three scorecards to invent the victory.
According to CompuBox, Greer landed 160 of 424 punches (38%) and Potapov related with 139 of 638 (22%).
“We undoubtedly feel we bought robbed, as assemble boxing fans,” acknowledged Dmitriy Salita, Potapov’s promoter. “ESPN and the media had Nikolai a success. We will charm the resolution. ESPN is a worthy platform for the game of boxing. We are grateful for the chance and what’s appropriate variety. Nikolai won the battle.”
With the remove, Greer moved a step nearer to a a actually major shot at the 118-pound world title held by Naoya Inoue, belief to be one of the dear greatest pound-for-pound warring parties within the area, who subsequent will meet Nonito Donaire within the finals of the World Boxing Dapper Series tournament this tumble. Potapov’s greatest earlier loss came when he quit after seven rounds in opposition to archaic world titlist Omar Narvaez in 2017.
More undercard results
• Junior welterweight Josue Vargas (14-1, 9 KOs), 21, a Puerto Rico native combating out of the Bronx, Fresh York, won his eighth battle in a row as he stopped Manuel Lopez (14-4-1, 7 KOs), 28, of Denver, at 2 minutes, 50 seconds of the seventh round of their scheduled eight-rounder. He used to be battering him with orderly pictures, alongside with quite a lot of uppercuts, when referee Sparkle Lee stepped in.
• Junior middleweight Vito Mielnicki Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), son of promoter Vito Mielnicki, grew to become the first Fresh Jersey boxer to turn respectable at the age of 17 — he used to be given a determined exemption by the Fresh Jersey Stutter Athletic Management Board — and won by first-round knockout of Mississippi’s Tamarcus Smith (2-3, 2 KOs), 24.
Mielnicki, who supplied some 500 tickets, knocked Smith chilly with a combination that concluded with an even hand at 1 minute, 16 seconds.
• Junior welterweight Julian Rodriguez (17-0, 11 KOs), 24, of Hasbrouck Heights, Fresh Jersey, returned from a with regards to 2-year layoff, led to essentially by injuries, to rating a first-round knockout of Hevinson Herrera (24-18-1, 18 KOs), 34, of Colombia, who lost his third battle in a row.
Rodriguez, identified as “Hammer Fingers,” wished greatest 59 seconds as he planted Herrera on the mat with a combination for the paunchy count from referee Lee.
“I used to be very confident in my preparation, so I felt admire I had to scoot in there and assemble what I had to assemble,” Rodriguez acknowledged. “That is what [the fans] admire about me. When they advance here, they stare a command.”
• Junior welterweight John Bauza (13-0, 5 KOs), 21, of North Bergen, Fresh Jersey, beat and battered the game Angel Sarinana (10-9-2, 4 KOs), 26, of Mexico, in a shutout resolution victory. There used to be quite a lot of chase, but Bauza won 80-72 on all three scorecards.
• Dapper middleweight Vijender Singh (11-0, 8 KOs), 33, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from India and his nation’s greatest boxing medalist, returned from a 19-month layoff to rating a fourth-round knockout of Mike Snider (13-6-3, 8 KOs), 38, of Flemington, West Virginia.
Singh with regards to dropped Snider within the 2d round, and as he hammered him all the contrivance thru the fourth round, referee Shada Murdaugh stopped it at 1 minute, 23 seconds.
“It used to be ideal getting again within the ring after a lengthy fracture day. It is worthy to be here within the US and to accept the remove. It used to be undoubtedly titillating,” Singh acknowledged. “It took me about four rounds to come once more within the swing of things. I anticipated it to take two or three rounds, but it completely took me four. I felt truthful.”
• Gentle-weight prospect Joseph Adorno (13-0, 11 KOs), 20, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, knocked out Adriano Ramirez (10-4, 6 KOs), 35, of the Dominican Republic, within the 2d round of their scheduled eight-rounder. Adorno despatched Ramirez to the canvas with a left hook after which dropped him once more with a custom-up combination, and referee Lee waved off the battle at 1 minute, 12 seconds.