Shakur Stevenson headlined the first post-pandemic demonstrate for high Rank and now has the honour of headlining the company’s closing card of the yr.
The 2016 Olympic Silver medalist and unbeaten former featherweight titlist faces Toka Kahn Clary (28-2, 19KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout at junior lightweight. each fighters made weight for his or her main event, which takes location Saturday night at the Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Stevenson weighed one hundred thirty pounds for his 2d combat in the junior light-weight division, where he aims to turn into a two-division titlist. The rising young celebrity made weight on his second attempt, stripping naked after firstly weighing one hundred thirty ½ pounds.
Kahn Clary checked in at 129 kilos. The 28-year historic southpaw from providence by means of Liberia aims to lengthen his three battle win streak considering an October 2018 loss to kid Galahad.
With a win, Stevenson might be suggested in opposition t a one hundred thirty-pound title, two of that are in handle of his promoter precise Rank—WBO titlist Jamel Herring (22-2, 10KOs) and long-reigning WBC beltholder Miguel Berchelt (38-1, 35KOs). His debut on the weight came within the very first display from the Vegas bubble, when he stopped Puerto Rico’s Felix Caraballo in the sixth circular this past June.
The evening’s chief guide pits San Juan’s Felix Verdejo (27-1, 17KOs) and Osaka, Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani (18-1, 12KOs) in a scheduled 10-circular light-weight contest. each boxers weighed a hundred thirty five pounds.
Verdejo has won 4 straight on the grounds that a tenth circular knockout loss to Antonio Lozada in March 2018. The 2012
by using his own admission, rising knockout artist Edgar Berlanga is desperate to end his 1st circular knockout streak and eventually go some rounds. His fans and handlers are only fine, although, with seeing if he could make it 16 in a row internal the opening circular in as many pro fights.
The unbeaten Nuyorican from Brooklyn takes on San Diego’s Ulises Sierra in a scheduled 8-round tremendous middleweight contest. Berlanga (15-0, 15KOs) weighed 169 kilos for his third battle in lower than six months. Sierra (15-1-2, 9KOs)—who has by no means been stopped or dropped in 18 professional fights—weighed 167.5 kilos for his first fight on the grounds that a features loss to Vladimir Shishkin this past January in Sloan, Iowa.
All three bouts air live on ESPN starting at 10:00 p.m. ET
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