Undefeated New Jersey native 🥈🇺🇸Shakur Stevenson 13-0-0, 7KO👊) is now a Champion, as he dominated #2 World contender 🇺🇸Joet Gonzalez (23-1-0, 14KO👊) on Saturday night to give him his first loss with a master performance to win his first Title, that being the vacant WBO Featherweight Title, and won this contest via virtual shutout.
The bad blood 🍲spilling over fight night from their well-chronicled beef concerning a family, a sister/girlfriend caught in between a situation, and with two very good fighters going at it, you’d expect something closer, but Stevenson took it to the next level through his impeccable defense and composure, leaving very little for Joet to hit all night. From the onset, Shakur took command, and stayed behind a responsible right jab and kept Joet out of range as he tried multiple looks throughout the rounds to get inside. Every time that Joet would take a hard step inside, Stevenson would pivot out twice, and Gonzalez would end up in the same position he started in, leaving him to get picked off with a good selection of jabs, and crosses, both upstairs and downstairs throughout the fight. Gonzalez grew increasingly frustrated after the 6th round and offered up his best round in the 7th, but that was the only round in the bout where you could make the case of him winning. Shakur got back to utilizing the movement, and capitalized more and more Joet got aggressive, desperately trying to land the one punch that could change the tide of the fight. The moment never came for Joet, and Shakur cruised on to a Unanimous Decision victory.
Stevenson was in a celebratory state, while Joet and his corner looked completely dejected afterwords, and there was no warm embrace, or real embrace at all between the two fighters or their camps. During the 🎤post-fight interview, Shakur Stevenson called out IBF Featherweight Champion 🇬🇧Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington once again, citing Warrington’s words that he would only entertain fighting him if he had a World Title belt, so Shakur made his claim to trying to get the Unification match going now that he had the burgundy belt in his possession, with hopes of obtaining two belts at the weight class in just 14 fights. Shakur also became the second fastest to win any major portion of a Featherweight title (14 fights), only second behind 👑♛🥇🥇🇺🇦Vasiliy Lomachenko (3 fights) achieved back in 2014. The 22 year old Stevenson inside of the ring definitely looks like one of boxing’s 💡brightest young talents and next vanguards for the sport going forward. Let’s just hope his presence outside of the ring catches up to his impressive fighting acumen as he goes along the journey in establishing himself in the boxing world.