By Francisco Salazar, photos by Mikey Williams
The six round featherweight bout between Shakur Stevenson and David Michel Paz opened the three-bout' ESPN telecast Saturday night - with Stevenson winning a dominant unanimous decision.
The Stevenson-Paz bout took place at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Stevenson (3-0, 1 KO) stopped Carlos Gaston Suarez in the opening round of his last bout on May 20 in New York City.
A 2016 U.S. Olympian who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Stevenson trained for the fight in Colorado Springs, Colorado, away from his hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
The 20-year-old Stevenson is co-managed by James Prince and Andre Ward.
Paz (4-4-1) was fighting for the first time outside of Argentina. He last fought on May 6, losing by unanimous decision to Luis Roberto Mato.
In the main event of the card, Terence Crawford became the undisputed junior welterweight champion after a stunning third-round knockout of Julius Indongo.
Crawford, 29, improved to a 32-0 win-loss with his victory at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Nebraska, his home state, on Saturday.
The American landed a crushing shot to the body of Indongo (22-1) in the third round, unifying the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO titles.
Crawford - who held the WBC and WBO titles prior to the fight - was dominant from the outset, and he knocked Indongo down during the second round.
While the Namibian managed to get up on that occasion, Crawford landed a huge body shot in the third for the knockout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing