By Keith Idec
Shakur Stevenson continued the impressive start to his pro career Saturday night.
The 2016 Olympic silver medalist improved to 3-0 by easily out-boxing David Michel Paz in a six-round featherweight fight in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The 20-year-old Stevenson, a top prospect from Newark, New Jersey, won by the same score, 60-53, on all three scorecards at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Argentina’s Paz slipped to 4-4-1.
ESPN televised Stevenson’s victory as part of a tripleheader that featured a full 140-pound title unification fight between unbeaten champions Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo.
Stevenson displayed patience in the first and second rounds, when the southpaw mostly kept his distance and fired jabs at Paz. He began opening up on Paz in the third round, landed several hard body shots and connected with a left hand that knocked out Paz’ mouthpiece.
Stevenson wobbled Paz with a straight left hand with just under a minute to go in the fourth round. A straight left hand by Stevenson knocked Paz to the seat of his trunks with around 40 seconds to go in the fifth round.
The highly regarded prospect continued to out-land Paz in the sixth round, but appeared content to go the distance and win a convincing decision.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.