Shakur Stevenson undeniably is a heavy favourite versus Toka Kahn Clary.
the former WBO featherweight champion nonetheless thinks Clary is extra formidable than Felix Caraballo. Stevenson dominated Puerto Rico’s Caraballo (13-three-2, 9 KOs) in his first battle on the junior light-weight limit, which the 2016 Olympic silver medalist gained by sixth-round knockout after landing a body shot June 9 at MGM Grand convention center in Las Vegas.
The 23-year-old Stevenson (14-0, eight KOs) approved this 10-round battle towards Clary (28-2, 19 KOs, 1 NC), of windfall, Rhode Island, on about 5 weeks’ word. Stevenson-Clary grew to be ESPN’s main event Saturday evening as soon as WBC tremendous featherweight champ Miguel Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs) proven positive for COVID-19 final month and withdrew from his title protection against #1 contender Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs).
“i know that he’s a fantastic fighter,” Stevenson informed BoxingScene.com concerning Clary. “It’s now not like he’s a cakewalk. I’m not going in there with a fighter that’s just stepping into there to lay down. He’s somebody with a nice, little pedigree. I watched him. I believe he a decent fighter. He received some issues he do respectable. He got some issues he do bad. but both method, I’m gonna go in there and do what I gotta do.”
Odds-makers have put in Stevenson as at the least a 33-1 favorite to defeat Clary.
The 28-12 months-ancient Clary has received three straight fights given that England’s child Galahad (27-1, sixteen KOs) defeated him by means of unanimous choice in their 12-rounder in October 2018 at TD garden in Boston. Clary stopped Colombian journeyman Jonathan Perez (38-26, 30 KOs, 1 NC) in his most fresh motion, October 29 on the Crown Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island.
“I believe [Clary is] a way stronger opponent than Caraballo,” Stevenson talked about. “That dude that I just fought, you put together for one issue, a guy who’s entering into there with nothing to lose and just trying the toughest he can to win. With Toka Kahn, you’ve got a guy who’s got some advantage. He got a little defense, he a southpaw, he’s a boxer. He try to punch and bang at the equal time, too, so it’s a distinct vogue and it’s in reality greater of an advanced fashion to combat.”
Stevenson expects a victory over Clary to lead to him facing the Jamel Herring-Carl Frampton winner in his subsequent battle. Cincinnati’s Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) is anticipated to make an optional protection of his WBO junior lightweight title against Northern eire’s Frampton (28-2, sixteen KOs) on a date to be determined early in 2021.
Stevenson, the WBO’s no 1 challenger for Herring’s title, realizes Clary is motivated to tug off an upset and knock the Newark, New Jersey, native off direction for one more title shot.
“[Clary] be aware of I’m just like the suitable dog,” Stevenson mentioned. “here is his probability right now, so he simply making an attempt to make a reputation for himself. So, we simply gotta wait and spot.”
ESPN will air two bouts earlier than Stevenson-Clary, beginning at 10 p.m. EST.
in the opener of itstripleheader, EdgarBerlanga (15-0, 15KOs), a knockout artist from Brooklyn, is scheduled to face San Diego’sUlises Sierra (15-1-2, 9KOs) in an eight-circular super middleweight suit. AfterBerlanga-Sierra,PuertoRican lightweight contender FelixVerdejo (27-1, 17KOs) will meet Japan’sMasayoshiNakatani (18-1, 12KOs) in a ten-rounder.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may also be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.