ONE of boxing’s time-honoured traditions is for a star amateur to build steadily before being pitched into a big test. Once that might have been for a minor belt, but now they’re for world titles. Thus it is that Shakur Stevenson, brilliant young silver medallist for the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics, takes professional experience of just 12 fights (all wins, seven early) into a fight on Saturday (October 26) for the vacant WBO featherweight championship, relinquished by Oscar Valdez, who moved up to super-feather.
Venue is the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada and opponent is Glendora, California’s Joet Gonzalez, also unbeaten at 23-0 (14).
Stevenson, a skilled southpaw from Newark in New Jersey, is with Top Rank, who promote this show and have a long-established history of developing their prospects at just the right pace.