Shakur Stevenson Stops Carballo In Boxing’s Return
Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8KOs), brought boxing back with a bang as he stopped Felix Caraballo (13-2-2, 9KOs), in the sixth round in front of an empty ballroom at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, broadcast on ESPN, in boxing’s return after COVID-19 pandemic.
Stevenson who dropped Carballo in the first round showed off numerous aspects including a solid inside game, controlling distance with a jab and straight left hand as well as a highly accurate power punching.
Stevenson finished the night with a dramatic sixth-round knockout that left Caraballo on the canvas and unable to get up.
Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (4-0, 4KOs) stopped Johnnie Langston (8-3, 3KOs) in the third round of the co-main event of boxing’s return in the bubble on ESPN.
Anderson targeted the body well early as Anderson’s body attack had Langston breathing heavily by the second round. The end came in which Anderson battered Langston as the total 68 power punches that had landed on Langston and called a halt to the bout.
Anderson has no started his career with four knockout victories.
“Just being around great fighters, like Keyshawn Davis, Shakur Stevenson, Albert Bell, Troy Isley, Tyler McCreary, they all go to the body,” said Anderson. “It was about showing where I come from, thank you to everyone who got me here, because without them I wouldn’t be here.”
2016 Italian Olympian Guido Vianello (7-0, 7KOs) stopped Don Haynesworth (16-4-1, 14KOs) by way of a first-round technical knockout after a right hand floored Haynesworth.
Vianello landed a right hand when Haynesworth shot a jab to the body, Haynesworth got up, but referee Jay Nady called a stop to the bout.
“I expected a man with more experience than me,” said Vianello. “Italy needs to come back after the virus, and I stayed in America to train for my fight.”
Middleweight Quatavious Cash (12-2, 7KOs) upset Calvin Metcalf (10-4-1, 3KOs) in a six-round unanimous decision as Metcalf’s constant pressure was not enough for Cash’s sharper boxing skills.
In round one, Cash fought well from the outside, but a lack of bodywork, as well as constant pressure, kept Metcalf in the bout. The second round, saw the quarters begin to change as Metcalf was cut from a head clash, and began to fight more reckless to fight in tight quarters.
The third saw the beginning of a dog fight as the two fought in close quarters which was more of Metcalf’s fight. The fourth saw Metcalf working all three-minutes of the round forcing Cash to engage, the same with the fifth as the bout was halted in the sixth as Metcalf’s cut was deemed too harsh to continue, and they went to the scorecards.
In short, the bout was close and hard to judge, the judges saw it 60-54 60-55 59-55 for Cash.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and current Top Rank featherweight Robeisy Ramirez (3-1, 3KOs) of Cuba has now won three fights in a row after losing his professional debut as he stopped Yeuri Andujar (5-4, 3KOs) in 0:54 of the first round.
In the first round, Ramirez who now trains with Ismael Salas, dropped Andujar with an overhand left hand that Andujar walked right into. A few seconds later, a second lead overhead left, sent Andujar down, and referee Tony Weeks waved the bout off.
After the fight, Ramirez said the following.
“I know that the fights fans would be really looking forward to the return of boxing,” said Ramirez about his performance to ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna. “I have been working with Ismael Salas and have been working on sitting on my punches.”