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Shakur Stevenson Stops Mendoza in Second Round

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Shakur Stevenson seemed determined Saturday night to display punching power his critics insist he doesn’t possess.

Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist, continued the solid start to his professional career by stopping Oscar Mendoza in the second round of a completely one-sided featherweight fight in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The 20-year-old Stevenson (4-0, 2 KOs) consistently landed to an overmatched Mendoza’s body and picked him apart until referee Sparkle Lee stopped the beating at 1:38 of the second round.

ESPN televised Stevenson’s victory as part of the Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux undercard.

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“Keep watching me,” Stevenson told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna in the ring following his win. “They’re gonna keep disrespecting me and I’m gonna keep picking it up.”

The southpaw from Newark, New Jersey, became the first of Mendoza’s seven professional opponents to beat him by knockout or technical knockout. The 26-year-old Mendoza, of Santa Maria, California, slipped to 4-3.

“Everything was working tonight,” Stevenson said. “Everything I threw landed. This week there’s been a lot said about me holding. I’m not a fighter who holds. I’m a fighter.

“Working with Vasyl Lomachenko [in training camp] really helped me a lot. He’s one of the best fighters out there and I learned a lot working with him.”

Stevenson went after Mendoza as soon as the second round started, seemingly intent to not allow their fight to reach the third round.

Stevenson’s left-right combination backed Mendoza into the ropes in the first round. Stevenson began opening up on Mendoza later in the first round with an array of body and head shots.

Before Stevenson’s victory, Mikayla Mayer remained unbeaten by soundly out-boxing Nydia Feliciano in a four-round women’s lightweight fight.

The 27-year-old Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), a 2016 Olympian from Los Angeles, won a majority decision, despite that she seemed in complete control throughout the fight. She defeated Feliciano (9-9-3) by the same score, 40-36, on two cards, but a third judge had it even (38-38).

“I hit her hard,” Mayer said. “She fought back. I thought I did a lot of things well in the fight. I’m ready to move on to six-rounders now.”

The Bronx’s Feliciano, 29, has lost five of her past seven fights. She still hasn’t been knocked out during a pro career that began May 2009.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-10-2017

Flawless Victory! Shakur is going to be a beast [B]once his body matures[/B]! He throws with bad intentions, great distance and balance! He's the whole package! Someone please put Devin Haney on TV!

Comment by Butch.McRae on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;18319177]I was going to make a critical comment, but I'm watching Conlan, and he's worse.[/QUOTE] Haha I was thinking the samething, but I'll support both

Comment by Corelone on 12-10-2017

I was going to make a critical comment, but I'm watching Conlan, and he's worse.

Comment by Ray Corso on 12-10-2017

No need to be ridiculously over protective for this kid, he can fight. He needs decent opponents to progress into the rounds so he can learn the pace of a fight. He's ready for 6 & 8 round calibers now!…

Comment by MrClutch85 on 12-10-2017

Stevenson landed 52 shots to Mendoza 4 the ref made the right decision

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