Shakur Stevenson Makes Pro Debut, Beats Brito in Five Rounds

By Francisco Salazar

StubHub Center, Carson, California - In a six round featherweight bout, 2016 Olympic silver medal winner Shakur Stevenson (1-0, 1 KO) made his professional debut with a fifth round technical decision over of Edgar Brito (3-3-1, 2 KOs).

Stevenson is managed by the trio of unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, James Prince and Josh Dubin.

The fight was a mismatch of class. Stevenson was beating him up in the first with quicker, sharper punches. Stevenson displayed defensive skills and a punching style that was very similar to his manager, Ward. The second round was more of the same, with Stevenson landing his punches at will and busting up the overmatched Brito.

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In the third round, Brito suffered a cut and lost a point for an intentional head butt. It was the second time in the round that he came in with his head. In the fourth, Stevenson continued to punish Brito with punches to the head and body.

In the fifth, the action slowed down a bit but Stevenson was picking his punches, landing well and controlling the entire contest.

After the fifth round, the ringside doctor stopped the fight. He felt the cut, which didn't look that bad, was too severe on Brito to allow the fight to continue and sent the contest to the scorecards.

All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Stevenson.

"I was a little nervous, but I did what I had to do," said Stevenson. "I'll get better from this." 

Making his first defense of the WBO super bantamweight title, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) blew away Adeilson Dos Santos (18-3, 14 KOs) in two rounds.

Magdaleno capture the title last November, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas undercard.

Dos Santos won two in a row since getting knocked out by Fabian Oscar Orozco in two rounds last March.

Dos Santos, who was fighting in the United States for the first time, had a height and reach advantage, but Magdaleno neutralized those immediately. Midway through round two, a right hook staggered Dos Santos.

Moments later, a left hand dropped Dos Santos hard to the canvas. Dos Santos was able to get up and tried to fight back, but was overwhelmed by Magdaleno's offense. A left-right to the top of Dos Santos' head dropped him to his knees, promoting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the fight at 2:51. WBO mandatory challenger Cesar Juarez was sitting ringside. 

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, RingTV, 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 FinitoxDinamita on 04-23-2017

He looks like a hippo with some big azz mouth.

Comment by Atwn on 04-23-2017

He's just a kid and it's just his 1st pro fight. really incredible all the hate getting thrown his way already. He clearly did something right to this point,having won a silver medal in the Olympics, aswell as having every…

Comment by Boxing Truth on 04-23-2017

[QUOTE=A.K;17612936]Don't invest in this kid[/QUOTE] The three stooges (Ward Prince and Jay) have as much an eye fir talent as they do for honor and ethics.

Comment by Boxing Truth on 04-23-2017

[QUOTE=A.K;17612936]Don't invest in this kid[/QUOTE] Just another great black hope that will be propped up until they cash him out.

Comment by Boxing Truth on 04-23-2017

[QUOTE=Jubei;17612472]Gift stoppage, fight shouldnt have been stopped, the opponent was game but Shakur wasnt able to get him out so they just stopped it after 5. Laughable.[/QUOTE] Andre son of judges Ward making sure the fix was in like his…

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