Keyshawn Davis will face another durable lightweight in the first 10-round fight of his career.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the undefeated 135-pound prospect will encounter Emmanuel Tagoe on April 8 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. ESPN will televise Davis-Tagoe as the opener of a telecast that will feature Newark native Shakur Stevenson, who is expected to battle Japan’s Shuichiro Yoshino in the 12-round main event.
ESPN.com’s Mike Coppinger first reported Wednesday on Twitter that Davis-Tagoe was finalized.
ESPN’s tripleheader April 8 also will include heavyweight knockout artist Jared Anderson (13-0, 13 KOs) in the co-feature. An opponent for the 23-year-old Anderson, of Toledo, Ohio, hadn’t been solidified when this story was posted.
The bout between Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) and Yoshino (16-0, 12 KOs) will be a WBC lightweight championship elimination match, assuming it is finalized.
Davis, 23, dominated longtime contender Juan Carlos Burgos in his most recent appearance, December 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Norfolk, Virginia native was too fast, skillful and strong for Burgos, but Davis was disappointed that he didn’t become the first opponent to knock out Mexico’s Burgos in his 18-year, 45-fight career.
The 2021 Olympic silver medalist beat Burgos by the same score, 80-72, according to each judge and improved to 7-0 (5 KOs). The 35-year-old Burgos slipped to 35-7-3 (21 KOs).
Ghana’s Tagoe, 34, hasn’t been stopped inside the distance since another Ghanian, Lante Addy, beat him by fifth-round technical knockout in the pro debut for both boxers in June 2004 in Accra. Tagoe then won 32 fights in a row and became a 135-pound contender.
Ryan Garcia ended Tagoe’s long winning streak last April 9, when Garcia defeated him by unanimous decision in a 12-round bout at Alamodome in San Antonio.
Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs), of Victorville, California, dropped Tagoe in the second round, but Tagoe got off the canvas, went the distance and proved his durability against one of the hardest punches in their division. Tagoe lost by large margins on all three scorecards (119-108, 119-108, 118-109).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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