Featherweight sensation Shakur Stevenson will go for his first world title when he faces Joet Gonzalez in the headliner of a Top Rank on ESPN+ card at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. The undercard will air at 6:30 p.m. ET, additionally on ESPN+.
Stevenson (12-0, 7 KOs), 22, has won five of his previous seven battles by stoppage, including a third-round KO triumph over Alberto Guevara in July.
Stevenson, of New Jersey, has battled multiple times as of now this year (3-0, 2 KOs).
Gonzalez (23-0, 14 KOs), 26, appeared to have discovered his capacity starting late. In the wake of beginning his profession with only four stoppage triumphs in his initial 10 battles, the contender from Glendora, California, has scored eight KO/TKO triumphs in his previous 10, incorporating a KO in Round 6 against Manuel Avila in July.
ESPN boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna, alongside previous title holder Timothy Bradley Jr. will call the battle from ringside, with correspondent Mark Kriegel giving inside data from warriors, mentors and directing meetings.
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Where can I watch the Stevenson-Gonzalez fight card on Saturday?
The Stevenson-Gonzalez fight broadcast on ESPN+ will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday. The main card also includes the Joshua Greer vs. Antonio Nieves 10-round bantamweight battle.
Stevenson vs Gonzalez preview: Unbeaten featherweight prospects fight for first world title
Stevenson (12-0, 7 KO) and Gonzalez (23-0, 14 KO) have a type of individual meat selling this battle, something about Stevenson dating Gonzalez’s sister or whatever. I don’t have the foggiest idea, I haven’t gave that much consideration to it in light of the fact that during a question and answer session for this battle, Stevenson appeared as though he needed to recall to “talk crap,” instead of it leaving him normally, and from that point forward I’ve discounted that perspective. That is to say, I’m as guileless a dumbo as anybody, I’ll become tied up with boxing’s 17,000th THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL story for entertainment only, however not if your garbage talk falls off like somebody needed to remind you to incorporate it toward the end.
All the more significantly, in any case, is this is for the empty WBO featherweight title and pits a couple of genuine possibilities. The 22-year-old Stevenson is viewed as an honest to goodness happy, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, advanced by Top Rank and oversaw by Andre Ward. The associations are there, the promotion that he will be a pound-for-pound fellow is there, and ESPN are purchasing in, as this is Shakur’s second headliner on their wireless transmissions.
Be that as it may, I’m not by and by altogether sold on his significance. Doubtlessly he’s gifted and that he has the right to be viewed as a top possibility, yet I have probably some waiting uncertainty about how high he can truly fly when the challenge gets harder. He’s breezed through the tests up to this point, yet we haven’t seen him in against a best 10 contender yet, either.
Gonzalez, 26, is likewise not a main 10 warrior, at any rate not coming in here, yet he’s a decent prospect, as well — not viewed as on Stevenson’s level, yet he’s an engaging weight contender with some better than average successes over Rafael Rivera, Rodrigo Guerrero, and Manuel “Tino” Avila, which isn’t generally any more terrible a list of references than what Stevenson’s done against any semblance of Viorel Simion, Jessie Cris Rosales, Christopher Diaz, and Alberto Guevara.
This battle should come down to styles. Stevenson is intended to be a class fighter with some pop, and the kind of timing that can make his KO capacity considerably more noteworthy than simply the unadulterated power of the blows. Gonzalez, once more, likes to pressure, appears to have a great engine, and doesn’t down from a piece.
Stevenson is and ought to be the top pick, however this is represent the moment of truth for both folks as of now in their professions. The victor, clearly, nets the WBO belt, and the failure needs to reset a tad, which neither one of the men needs to do, having worked their way to this spot.