Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Shakur Stevenson Will Aim To Impress in Homecoming Headliner

By Francisco Salazar 

After fighting near his hometown or abroad, Shakur Stevenson will finally fight in the city where he was born and raised.

Stevenson will face Hairon Sacorras on July 13 in a clash of unbeaten featherweight contenders, Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti confirmed to BoxingScene Thursday night.

shakur-stevenson (1)_18

The 10-round bout will take place at the Prudential Center in Stevenson’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Preceding the fight will be a 10-round bantamweight bout between bantamweight contenders Joshua Greer and Nikolai Potapov.

Both fights will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

The fight will mark the first time Stevenson will fight in his hometown as a pro. The 21-year-old Stevenson has fought across the Hudson River at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, along with Atlantic City, and Omaha, Nebraska, but never in Newark.

According to Moretti, Top Rank’s plan to have Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic Silver medalist, fight in Newark could be traced back to before his pro debut.

“We wanted Shakur to be the headliner in Newark, not as an undercard fighter,” Moretti told Boxingscene. “The city of Newark has been behind this 100 percent.”

In his last bout on Apr. 20, Stevenson (11-0, 6 knockouts) defeated former world junior lightweight title challenger Christopher Diaz by unanimous decision over 10 rounds. Stevenson has demonstrated more power in recent fights, having stopped his previous two opponents.

Stevenson, who is co-managed by Andre Ward, James Prince, and Josh Dubin, is already ranked No. 5 by the WBC and the IBF. The WBO has Stevenson No. 6 in its rankings.

Socarras (22-0-3, 14 KOs) was born in Cuba and now resides in the Miami area. In his last bout on May 10, the 26-year-old Socarras stopped former bantamweight contender Jesus Martinez of Colombia in the fifth round.

Socarras is ranked No. 7 by the WBA.

Greer (20-1-1, 12 KOs), who resides in Chicago, knocked out Giovanni Escaner in round eight of his last bout on Feb. 15 in Hinckley, Minnesota. Greer has knocked out his last seven opponents and eight of his last 10.

The 24-year-old Greer is ranked No. 4 by the IBF.

Potapov (20-1-1, 11 KOs) is originally from Russia and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. The 29-year-old Potapov has won his last three bouts since suffering his only loss as a pro at the hands of Omar Narvaez in October of 2017. He is ranked No. 4 by the WBO.

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by garfios on 06-14-2019

[QUOTE=Speedy1;19831239]Where did you see that the fight was off? I can’t find anything in my search via the Google Not doubting you, just wanted to read more about it. If you could post a link that would be great, thanks![/QUOTE]…

Comment by Speedy1 on 06-14-2019

[QUOTE=garfios;19830662]Fight off. shakur didn't do vada. I think he is off the rankings too.[/QUOTE] Where did you see that the fight was off? I can’t find anything in my search via the Google Not doubting you, just wanted to read…

Comment by garfios on 06-14-2019

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;19830674]Lovely. Thanks for the (bad) news.[/QUOTE]A least two alphabets soups, took him out of their rankings. The guy refuses to be tested. Smart move by Hairon, he is getting tested.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 06-14-2019

[QUOTE=garfios;19830662]Fight off. shakur didn't do vada. I think he is off the rankings too.[/QUOTE] Lovely. Thanks for the (bad) news.

Comment by garfios on 06-14-2019

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;19814687]I remember when Hairon first came up. He seemed promising, but the promise he showed early has begun to look limited. Stevenson is a rising star. His handlers took a chance in his last fight, putting the kid against such…

Top Headlines
Vitor Belfort on Training With Mike Tyson: Takes a lot of Courage To Return at 53 Jaime Munguia Continues To Train, Hopes To Return Very Soon Gervonta Davis is Motivated By Skeptics Who Underestimate Him Pascal: I Returned To Boxing To Not Leave Any Regrets May 30 Show in Santo Domingo To Adopt WBA Safety Protocol Arum Doesn't Want Stevenson To Vacate Title Unless He Knows He's Staying At 130 Jack Culcay Back on June 12 in Berlin, After Event Application Approved Tyson Fury Supports Ring Return of Mike Tyson, Explains Why Usyk Smiles: Chisora Can Throw All He Wants - He Needs To Land Javier Martinez, 5x National Champion, To Turn Pro Under Split-T Management Promoter: Otto Wallin Can Be Ready in Near Future For Whyte, Joshua Jose Ramirez: I Can See Josh Taylor Fight Happening At O2 Arena In London Charlie Edwards Inks Promotional Pact With Frank Warren Saunders: Main Goal Is To Get 'Ginger B-llocks' Canelo In The Ring Ellerbe: Tank Can't Look Past Santa Cruz; There's A Reason Why Leo Called Him Out Buatsi: I Have To Learn To Be Able To Hang With Beterbiev, Bivol Olympic hero/nursing school grad? Trials champ Fulghum chasing peculiar double dip Kieran Gething Making The Best of Things in Lockdown Mike Tyson Explains How Wild Lifestyle With Women Cost Him His Fortune Whyte Warns Chisora: You Want To Get Brutally Knocked Out Again? Tyson Fury: Wilder Will Be More Dangerous Than The Last Fight! Canada's Boxing Gyms Are Carefully Weighing How To Reopen Munguia Has Good Chance To Knock Golovkin Out, Says Beltran Carlos Baldomir Files Appeal, Attempts To Get Out of Prison Hearn Believes Fury Will Retire After Two-Fight Series With Joshua Wanderlei Silva Claims $10 Million Offer From BKFC For Mike Tyson Joseph Parker Ring Return Might Land in Queenstown Holyfield: If Mike Tyson Throws Bombs, I'll Throw Bombs Right Back Whyte: Ngannou Reminds Me of That Other Deluded Coward Wilder Pacquiao Hits Back at Mayweather: He's Envious Because He's Retired! Diego Magdanelo Excited By PBC Pact, Eyes Gervonta Davis Zayas: Amazing Experience Graduating HS, Completed What I Promised My Mom Martin: Kownacki Was Pretty F--ked Up; Don’t Know If He Can Come Back From Loss Danny Garcia: If Spence Ain't Better, Don’t Get In The Ring; Don’t Want No Excuses Michael Conlan Tips Crawford To Beat Spence Should They Fight Boxing Without Boxing: Greb - Live Fast, Die Young TJ Doheny: It's All About Coming Back, Winning Impressively David Price: I've Earned The Right To Decide When I Retire! BKFC To Up $20 Million Offer To Mike Tyson For Bare Knuckle Fight Barrientes Twins Celebrate High School Graduation
Latest Forum Threads