Shakur Stevenson has continued his impressive rise by winning the vacant WBO featherweight title after dominating Joet Gonzalez in a grudge match at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada on Saturday. All three judges had it scored 119-109.
The title became vacant after Oscar Valdez announced that he was moving up to the super featherweight division.
The 22-year-old's speed and movement was too much for Gonzalez (23-1) too handle, with Stevenson improving to (13-0).
With the win, 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Stevenson became the first member of his team to capture a world title, and he also became the second youngest boxer in the sport to hold a world title behind Devin Haney.
There was a lot of hostility in the contest with Gonzalez, as Stevenson is romantically involved with the boxer's sister. After the fight, there was no end to the bad feelings - as both camps were kept apart from each other.
But Stevenson was very motivated to teach Gonzalez a lesson on his own side of the map.
"It's an amazing feeling," said Stevenson. "I came here to Reno close to his hometown and I wiped him out. It's an amazing feeling being that I grinded for this my whole life."
Stevenson is now targeting a unification with IBF world champion Josh Warrington. In past interviews, Warrington had expressed the possibility of facing Stevenson - if the unbeaten Olympian would capture a world title.
"Josh Warrington! You are a champion, now I am a champion. Let's do this! I want to unify titles," Stevenson said.