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Shakur Stevenson Impresses in First Bout as Lightweight - wants the whole division

Former two-division world champion Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson made a solid debut as a fully-fledged lightweight when he knocked out undefeated Shuichiro Yoshino in six rounds at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday night. The hometown fighter showed impressive control over the tempo and range of the fight, sending his opponent to the deck with a left hand in the second round and completing the victory with a flurry of punches in the sixth.

“I had bricks in my hands," Stevenson said of his performance. "We did what we were supposed to do. We settled our business and now we’re going to enjoy it with the family.”

The 25-year-old fighter has previously won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight, but he proved he is now a fully fledged 135-pounder with this impressive performance. His control over the fight left no doubt that he is a serious contender in the lightweight division, where he will be looking to challenge other top fighters in the near future.

“Just tell all those other lightweights to get ready," Stevenson said. "I’m waiting for them. I can’t wait for them to finish the fights they’ve got going on, and then it’s my turn.”

Stevenson’s confident post-fight statement is sure to create plenty of buzz in the boxing world, with fans eagerly anticipating his next move. With his impressive record of 20-0 (10 knockouts) and his powerful display in this latest bout, Stevenson is definitely someone to watch in the coming months.


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