Shakur Stevenson: Me, Crawford Are Going To Put on a Show

By Francisco Salazar

The six round featherweight bout between Shakur Stevenson and David Michel Paz will open the three-bout' ESPN telecast Saturday night, it was told to earlier this week.

The Stevenson-Paz bout, which is taking place at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, will precede the 10 round light heavyweight bout between Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Craig Baker.

In the main event, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will square off in a 12 round junior welterweight unification bout. The ESPN telecast will begin at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.

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There had been some confusion as to whether the Stevenson clash would air. The last ESPN telecast featured only two fights, which included Vasyl Lomachenko's knockout win over Miguel Marriaga and Ray Beltran's majority decision victory over Bryan Vasquez.

Stevenson (2-0, 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.

"This is my third fight (of my pro career), so I'm looking for a superb performance," said Stevenson during this past week. "I feel great. I put in great rounds of sparring during training camp in Colorado and logged a ton of miles running, so I'm fully prepared to fight."

"I am just anxious to get into the ring and perform and keep getting better and better."

The 20-year-old Stevenson is co-managed by James Prince and Andre Ward.

"This is my first time fighting in Nebraska. I heard the arena in Lincoln in beautiful and I know the Nebraska fans love boxing."

"Terence fought in front of our family in his last fight so I am excited about fighting in front of his family in this fight. I know we are both going to put on quite a show."

Paz (4-3-1) will be fighting for the first time outside of Argentina. He last fought on May 6, losing by unanimous decision to Luis Roberto Mato.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for 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,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 08-19-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17962081]:bottle::bottle:[/QUOTE] I've seen what you can do, and this is pretty good for me. It says you see my point, just wrong subject. Loma gets it too. Don't worry.

Comment by Kigali on 08-19-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;17961970]He's getting pushed, rushed. Not in competition, but television, celebrity pushed. You can't build greatness like that, it might even be counter productive. Fill his head with ginger bread cookies and diva demands. Look at Verdejo, all built up and…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 08-19-2017

Wanted to see him tonight, but think UKs gunna be shown bloody Whyte/Tann ffs

Comment by Corelone on 08-19-2017

He's getting pushed, rushed. Not in competition, but television, celebrity pushed. You can't build greatness like that, it might even be counter productive. Fill his head with ginger bread cookies and diva demands. Look at Verdejo, all built up and…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-19-2017

I'm glad this fight will get televised. Let's see how the kid is progressing.

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