Shakur Stevenson Successfully Adjusts to Pro’s
With Six Round Technical Decision Pro Debut!
By: David Colon
April 22nd, Stub Hub Center, Carson, California: Having the advantage of signing with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing, 19-year-old Newark, New Jersey 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson fighting on the Oscar Valdez and Miguel Marriaga undercard able to reflect on stablemate Vasyl Lomachenko’s style adjustment and put them into play putting aside mountains of pre-fight hype and press made a major headway in his first pro bout adjusting to all the rule and physical differentials scoring a sixth round one way, technical decision over Phoenix, Arizona’s rough and ready Edgar Brito.
Accompanied to the ring by Olympic Gold Medal winners Andre Ward and Claressa Shields Stevenson, who hadn't fought since his closely contested September 2-1 Gold Medal bout decision loss to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez got over the early nerves and went right to work using his superior speed and skills to measure and stick Brito with an active and accurate jab opening the way for rapid combinations.
Brito keeping true to his pre-fight trash attempting to make it a brawl, cut over his left eye in round from accidental headbutt in round two, frustrated by Stevenson’s mobile accurate arsenal was further discouraged by a cut over his right eye coming after a self-inflicted point deducting intentional headbutt. The fight turning into a one way slide the bout was sent to the judges scorecards when the ringside doctor ruled that Brito was unable continue making Stevenson, a 60-54 times three six round technical decision winner. Stevenson starts his journey to a world title at 1-0 while Brito missing on an early upset catapult to stardom evens up at 3-3-1, 2Ko’s.