One of boxing’s most promising prospects was back in action on Tuesday in what was a warm welcoming party for boxing’s return. Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8 KO’s), former Olympic Silver Medalist and current WBO Featherweight World Champion fought an almost perfect bout against Felix Caraballo (13-2-2, 9 KO’s) in what was mostly a stay busy fight.
In the first round, it was obvious that Caraballo’s strategy was going to be an attempt to smother Stevenson and make it a rough fight as opposed to a boxing match. It was quickly seen that was not to be the case, as Stevenson answered the aggression with his own quick defense and fierce counterpunches to the body. Stevenson dominated the fight with a body attack from all angles until he landed a punishing left hand to the body of Caraballo, which knocked him down and forced referee Tony Weeks to step in and end the one sided affair.
Although Stevenson is a world champion at 126 pounds, the bout took place at 130 pounds with Stevenson weighing in at the full super featherweight limit. At 22 years old and still growing in size and strength, it is yet to be seen if Stevenson will defend his WBO Featherweight Championship or move up to the super featherweight weight class where he could meet opponents such as world champions Miguel Berchelt, Leo Santa Cruz, and Joseph Diaz Jr. Stevenson was supposed to meet IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington earlier this year, but both sides were far away from ever making a deal.
Currently Shakur is under management of Top Rank Promotions who are not short of opponents for the young world champion at both featherweight and super featherweight world classes so it will be interesting to see what opportunities will be given to him in the coming years.
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