Sunday, December 5, 2021

Shakur Stevenson makes his way to the 10th round by TKO over Herring

ATLANTA (NWN) – Shakur Stevenson made his way to his second world title early Sunday morning by defeating Jamel Herring by TKO in the 10th round of their bout for the junior lightweight title.

The former featherweight champion was constantly under pressure, while Stevenson (17-0) relied on the jab that helped him win the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

Herring (23-3) never fell, but in the course of the fight he received significant damage over both eyes. The bout was briefly stopped at 2:35 to 10th place, so his severely bleeding right forehead could draw attention from his corner.

When action resumed, Stevenson began to press mercilessly. Herring’s eye was bleeding profusely, and the fight was finally stopped at 1:30 on the 10th.

“He’s a great boxer, very cool,” Stevenson said. He also said that he is confident that he will win by the fifth round.

Both fighters acted cautiously in the first round when Herring scored a few jabs.

Stevenson picked up the pace in the second and third rounds, and his punches became more effective the more often he threw them. Herring suffered an injury around his left eye and found it harder to dodge punches as the fight continued in sixth.

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Although Stevenson never came close to registering a knockout, he dictated the fight starting in the second round. While he was giving out reach, the 5’7 ” native of Newark, NJ was pinned to the ropes 5-10 by Herring just a few times.

On the undercard, junior middleweight and Atlanta native Evan Holyfield went 8-0 as a pro with a second round knockout to apprentice Charles Stanford.

One of the loudest applause that night came immediately after that fight, when his father, four-time former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, was pictured on the scoreboard around the arena with a big smile on his face.

Shortly thereafter, Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, technically knocked out James Westley II in the third round in a second pro for each fighter.

Walsh sent Westley to the canvas first in the second round, and with another combination put him in the third, en route to a 33-17 advantage in power shots.


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