Former two-division world champion Shakur Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) shall be coming dwelling to face unbeaten Shuichiro Yoshino (16-0, 12 KOs) in a 12 spherical light-weight combat within the headliner on April eighth in a High Rank-promoted combat on ESPN on the Prudential Middle in Newark, New Jersey. The cardboard begins at 10 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+.
The winner of the Stevenson vs. Yoshino combat shall be in an amazing place to problem for a world title later this yr. Stevenson is coming off a powerful 12 spherical choice win over Robson Conceição final September.
After lacking weight and shedding his WBC, WBO & Ring Journal tremendous featherweight titles, Stevenson took care of enterprise, outboxing Conceicao from begin to end.
Shakur’s promoter Bob Arum of High Rank, desires him to face the winner of the Might twentieth combat between undisputed light-weight champion Devin Haney & Vasyl Lomachenko. Whether or not that occurs will rely on which of the 2 emerges victorious.
The undercards have two tremendous fighters in separate bouts, with heavyweight Jared Anderson (13-0, 13 KOs) and light-weight Keyshawn Davis (7-0, 5 KOs) in a pair of 10 spherical fights.
Neither fighter has an opponent but, however Keyshawn reportedly faces Emmanuel Tagoe (32-2, 15 KOs). Ideally, High Rank will match the 23-year-old Keyshawn & Anderson towards high 15 contenders, in order that they have opponents that may assist them construct their fanbases.
Arum excited by Shakur’s potential
“Shakur Stevenson is without doubt one of the most gifted fighters I’ve had the pleasure of selling, and I stay up for seeing him as soon as once more combat in entrance of his unbelievable hometown followers in Newark,” stated High Rank chairman Bob Arum.
“Yoshino is a troublesome fighter and gained’t be deterred by the hostile crowd. Jared Anderson and Keyshawn Davis are two of the game’s rising superstars, and I can’t wait to see them again within the ring.”
Arum is transferring these three younger potential superstars shortly, figuring out that for them to turn out to be stars quick, they’ll must battle the massive names quickly in the event that they wish to catch them whereas they’re nonetheless on the peak of their recognition.
Keyshawn & Shakur wish to combat for world titles, however each might want to wait a short time longer earlier than they finally get their shot. The 2020 Olympian Keyshawn is coming off a career-best win over Juan Carlos Burgos final December in a powerful efficiency.
Final April, Shakur defeated WBC tremendous featherweight champion Oscar Valdez by a lopsided 12 spherical unanimous choice in a combat that was surprisingly simple for him.