By Tré Berry III🖊️|06/09/2020
The adaptations to the overall scope of the event was immediately evident. From reporters live-casting from their homes, boxing personnel present all wearing 😷masks, and tailor-made ring entrances to the sound of 🔇silence with no audience in attendance – the scene at first struck me as an oddity, however the love for boxing coming back after being shut-down for approximately 4 months (aside from a few small venue events) overthrew the initial feeling, and euphoria sets in as many of us sees boxing both instrumental as an escape from reality, and it being a favorite sport to many of us.
As the main event, WBO Featherweight Titlist 🥈🇺🇸Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson (14-0-0, 8KO👊) emerged from his dressing room to Tupac’s song “Changes”, and entered the ring, to his opponent 🇵🇷Felix “La Sombra” Caraballo (13-2-2, 9KO👊) awaiting his entry. Caraballo immediately jumped out to show Shakur that he wasn’t afraid of him, and meant business, trying to get to the ribcage of the slick southpaw. Stevenson stuck to his desired pace and distancing, peppering the overaggressive target with jabs, check-hooks and uppercuts. A lefthook to the body put Caraballo down to a knee for the 8-count administered by 🗣️Referee Tony Weeks. Shakur towards the end of the round established who was boss in the ring, and set the tone for the rest of the fight.
Stevenson beautifully mixed up his punches, and changed his speed up very effectively, befuddling the brave Puerto Rican opponent. A sharp cross from Stevenson wobbled Caraballo in the second round, but stayed behind a patient approach to systematically pick away at the target. As the fight progressed, Stevenson gained more confidence in putting together 3-4-5 punch combinations, and did so responsibly while nullifying Caraballo’s chances for return fire. It was pretty clear what would happen, given the wide dichotomy between the fighters skill-set, so it became a matter of whether Carabello could get to the 🛎️final bell, or if Stevenson would close the show early. The latter came to fruition in the 6th round, when Stevenson landed a beautiful shovel left hook to the liver (pictured above), the same hand that he had injured a couple of rounds earlier after landing a cross. Caraballo curled up on his way down to the canvas. With no crowd in attendance, you could hear the full effect of the punch, as Caraballo groaned repeatedly in excruciating pain during the 10-count, with him unable to get up to continue.
Stevenson would pick up his 14th victory in a tune-up fight that actually showcased an improved and more 🔧fine-tuned skill-set. It is safe to say that he had put in the extensive work during boxing’s hiatus, and indicates his seriousness as a prizefighter going forward. The 📈sky seems to be the limit for the young 22 year old budding star, and he will play the waiting game at this point to see if he and his team can secure any major opponents for his next outing.