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Newly crowned WBO Super Featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs) put to rest his sceptics with a performance ofContinue Reading

Newly crowned WBO Super Featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs) put to rest his sceptics with a performance of brilliance on route to stopping Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (23-3, 11 KOs) in the tenth round at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stevenson outlanded Herring by a total of 164 to 87, without seeing the fight you get a sense of its dominating nature. From the opening bell, the former Olympic Silver medalist took control using precision and speed.

35-Year-Old Herring who was making the fourth defence of his title tried boxing off the back foot early in the fight but decided to try to exert some pressure, all of which was found wanting against Stevenson who was not to be denied.

“I couldn’t be in that chess match with him, so I had to bite down and move forward,” said Herring, “He’s sharp and slick. His hand-eye coordination is very good. No excuses. He was just the better man tonight.”

Stevenson cut Herring over the right eye in the ninth, then put the finishing touches to his masterpiece with combinations that left the referee with no option but to stop the fight in the tenth.

“I smelled blood,” said Shakur Stevenson following his faultless display “I saw he was bleeding and was like, ‘OK, I have to attack the cut. I was trying to touch the cut to make the doctor try and stop it.”

Next on the hitlist?

Steven made it very clear who he wants, “There’s only one fight left at the end of the day. It’s the biggest fight at the end of the day. Oscar {Valdez} can’t keep ducking. It’s time for him to fight. There’s nothing else to look forward to. The 130-pound division needs to unify. Let’s get it!

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