By Ken Hissner: At the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Saturday over ESPN+ and ESPN Saturday, Bob Arum (Top Rank) in the Main Event previous WBC World and WBO World Super Featherweight champ Shakur Stevenson stopped formerly unbeaten WBO Asia Pacific champ Shuichiro Yoshino in 6 rounds.
In the Main Event previous WBC & WBO Super Feather champ southpaw WBC No. 3 ranked Shakur Stevenson, 20-0 (10), #134.4, of Alexandria, VA, stopped WBC No. 4 ranked Shuichiro Yoshino, 16-1 (12), #135, of Tokyo, JAP, at 1:35 of the 6th round of an arranged 12 rounds.
In the 2nd round Stevenson dropped Yoshino with a left on the chin for an 8-count from Referee Allen Huggins in the last minute of the round. In the 3rd through the 5th rounds Stevenson controlled. In the 6th round a left uppercut on the chest from Stevenson hurt Yoshino when Referee Allen Huggins sensibly called a stop to the inequality.
Light Keyshawn “The Businessman” Davis, 8-0 (6), #134.2, of Norfolk, VA, stopped southpaw Anthony Yigit, 26-3-1 (10), #134.8, of Stockholm, SW, at 0:21 of the ninth round of an arranged 10 rounds.
In the very first 2 rounds each had their minutes with Yigit tossing more however Davis more precise. In the 3rd round Yigit landed a low blow in the last seconds as Referee Benjy Esteves provided Davis a rest. In the 4th rounds midway point Davis hurt Yigit with a right on the chin.
In the 5th rounds last seconds Davis had Yigit in difficulty at the bell from a mix to the head. In the 8th round Davis knocked out the mouth piece of Yigit having him all however down. In the closing seconds Davis had Yigit all however stopped when an ideal hook to the body dropped Higit who was bleeding from the nose taking an 8-count from
Referee Esteves however was conserved by the bell.
In the ninth round Davis came out shooting punches without return when Referee Esteves sensibly called a stop.
Heavy WBC No. 11 ranked Jared “Big Baby” Anderson, 14-0 (14), #27.4, of Toledo, OH, stopped George Arias, 18-1 (7), #236.6, of DR and Bronx, NY, after 3 rounds of an arranged 10 rounds.
In the very first 2 rounds it was all Anderson driving Arias all over the ring. In the 3rd round Anderson landed punch after punch to the head of Arias was almost out on his feet as he wobbled back to his corner with a cut on his left eyelid at the end of the round when the ring doctor analyzed him. Referee was David Fields.
Olympian Middle Troy “Transformer” Isley, 9-0 (4), #159.2, of Alexandria, VA, beat Roy Barringer, 9-4 (6), #157.8, of Toledo, OH, over 8 rounds.
In the very first 2 rounds Isley had an edge. In the 3rd’s middle he landed a difficult right on the chin of Barringer. In the 4th round Isley rocked Barringer with a right to the chin a minute into the round.
The fifth through the 8th Isley continued out landing Barringer.
Referee Charlie Fitch.
Scores were 79-73 and 80-72 two times as did this author.
Heavy Damian “Polish Hussar” Knyba, 11-0 (7), #258.2, of Wudzyn, POL, stopped Curtis “The Hurt” Harker, 14-9 (9), #267.6, of Clarksville, TN, at 2:38 of the 8th and last round.
In the preliminary Knyba utilized a reliable jab and harming Harker with periodic rights to the chin. Referee Harvey Dock took a point from Harker for striking on the break. In the 3rd round Knyba the taller of the 2 kept that jab working taking another round. In the 4th round Knyba was cut on the left eyebrow from an overhand right from Harper. Knyba had Harper harmed in the last minute with a right on the chin.
In the 5th round Harper had his minutes landing overhand rights. In the 8th and last round’s last seconds Knyba landed near 10 unanswered punches Referee Dock called a stop.
Feather Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington, 7-0 (4), #126.4, of Brownsville Brooklyn, NY, knocked out Brandon Chambers, 9-1-1 (5), #125.6, of Gwyn Oak, MD, at 2:46 of round 2 of an arranged 8 rounds.
In the preliminary Carrington was all over Chambers chasing him down. In the 2nd round Carrington drew blood from the nose of Chambers. Carrington later on landed a flurry of punches dropping Chambers to his knees taking the complete count from Referee Harvey Dock.
Welter southpaw Kelvin “Night Night” Davis, 8-0 (5), #142 ¼, of Norfolk, VA, beat Nelson “Baby Face” Morales, 3-5 (0), #142 ¾, of DR and Scranton, PA, over 6 rounds.
In the very first 2 rounds the taller southpaw Davis was the assailant utilizing a great jab quickly outpointing Morales. In the 3rd round Davis drew blood from the nose of Morales with a strong left.
In the 4th round Morales returned well, being more aggressive. In the 5th round both fighters got cautions from Referee Charlie Fitch. Morales for being available in low and holding while Davis for leading down on him when he is available in low. In the 6th and last round Davis landed excellent uppercuts to the chin triggering Morales to clinch.
Scores were 60-54 two times and 59-55 as did this author.
Welter Antoine “No Question” Cobb, 1-0-3 (1), #143 ¼, of Chicago, ended it a bulk draw with southpaw Jaylan “No Playin” Phillips, 1-2-3 (1), #142 ¼, of Ebro, FL, over 4 rounds.
In the preliminary Phillips suffered a cut on his fight eyebrow. In the 2nd round southpaw Phillips returned well by out landing Cobb to even the rating. In the 3rd round Phillips continues to chase after Cobb taking a close round.
In the 4th and last round Cobb moves well countering Phillips till a minute staying when Phillips rocked him with a left hook.
Referee Charlie Fitch. In his 5 battles Phillips has actually combated 4 unbeaten and 1 debuting challengers.
Scores were 40-36, 38-38 two times as did this author.