NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) – Shakur Stevenson came ready to put on a show in his hometown.
He delivered with a big knockout (KO) – and a promise of big fights at home to come. Stevenson stamped his homecoming fight with a third-round knockout of Alberto Guevara, keeping the New Jersey fighter and 2016 Olympic silver medalist undefeated and in line for a featherweight title fight.
From Newark, Stevenson was never challenged in the brief time he was in time in the ring in front of thousands of his hometown fans last Saturday night at the Prudential Center.
“That was a great performance I put on for the city of Newark,” Stevenson said.
The 22-year-old Stevenson (12-0, seven KOs) had the crowd of 5,150 on its feet and pointing phones towards the big screens to film his ring entrance. Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr was about drowned out by applause during his introduction of Stevenson as “making his hometown return, as he proudly represents Newark, New Jersey”. Stevenson, his trunks trimmed in sparkling purple, battered Guevara from the start in the main event of the Top Rank card and dropped the Mexican with a body shot late in the second round that might have ended the fight had it not been for the bell.
No worries. The celebration was moments away, and Stevenson connected on a left at 2:37 in the third to score the knockout on a wildly overmatched Guevara (27-5).
“Top Rank, you all have to give me better competition. I want the IBF and WBO (belts),” he said.