Shakur Stevenson dominates but doesn’t excite in 12 round decision

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Shakur Stevenson (16-0, 8) wanted to make a statement with his big fight in Las Vegas tonight against Jeremiah Nakathila (21-2, 17). While he dominated the fight and picked up the victory, Stevenson hasn’t quite convinced the fickle boxing faithful he’s the next “it” guy.

Stevenson pulled off a clean sweep as the judges gave him the fight (120-107 x 3) in the unanimous decision. He showed his superb boxing ability and impressive defense.

There is no doubting the skill of the Olympic silver medalist, but he seems to, at times, ease off or not step on the gas as many fans and pundits would like. Shakur landed a light hook to score a knockdown but didn’t follow up to the disdain of many watching the fight. He has a great amateur background was a world champion early in his career and moved up in weight in search of his second World title. Again, what gets the kudos and convinces the pundits and fans is the knockdowns, combinations, and knockouts. Shakur is currently not doing that, and we all see he has the capability of it.

Shakur Stevenson by the numbers

Punch total percentage for the fight was Shakur Stevenson overall at 38 percent overall – 23 percent jabs and 46 percent power. Total shots landed was 114 and 30 jabs and, in every round, but one did he allow more than three punches to land. Nakathila, for his point, landed nine percent overall, two percent overall, and 15 percent power. Total shots landed were 28 and two to the body. It was an overall dominant performance, but with Shakur Stevenson calling for a fight with WBC champion Oscar Valdez, and his dismissive talk of WBO champion Jamel Herring he needed to do more.

We know Shakur Stevenson is young, so he has time to get more offensive, but he needs to create a spectacle to get more eyes and fans to believe he’s the next “it” guy. This is especially true with him calling out the two other champs in the division who are both coming off career-best performances. We know he is young, but the fans will want more. The talk in the sport has Stevenson fighting Jamel Herring in the fall. They both know each other very well, and that will be an interesting fight, and the victor may be recognized as number one in the division after the fight.