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Shakur Stevenson calls for Josh Warrington unification

Shakur Stevenson proves far too good for rival Gonzalez, writes Sean Nam
Shakur Stevenson
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Reno, NV • October 26

IT had all the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy — love, rancour, betrayal — brewing noxiously in the background, but in the end, the highly hyped featherweight title fight between Shakur Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center was nothing more than a lopsided, cardboard rout. 

Stevenson, the ace southpaw from Newark — and reputed boyfriend of Gonzalez’s sister — was responsible for sapping the drama out of the ring, bringing to bear instead the cold, antiseptic sheen of his superior boxing technique.

Working behind nothing more complicated than a hair-trigger right jab and stiff straight left to the body, Stevenson bedevilled Gonzalez, reducing the undefeated Mexican-American to a puppet en route to a unanimous 12-round decision victory and earning the WBO featherweight title vacated by former champion Oscar Valdez


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