All eyes had been on Shakur Stevenson as boxing returned in the United States and the growing star did not disappoint.
The WBO featherweight titleholder made a mess of Felix Caraballo in their headline bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas now, justifying his rave reviews as the hype coach all around the talented 22-year-old picks up steam.
Stevenson extended his unbeaten streak to 14 fights, adding an eighth knockout to his resume as he fully overpowered a helpless Caraballo, exhibiting the variety and energy that has the boxing entire world salivating about what his foreseeable future retains.
The American was faultless as he ended the fight in the sixth round with a bruising appropriate-left blend to the ribs that noticed his Puerto Rican opponent sink to his knees in agony, unable to continue.
Stevenson’s precision was most outstanding as he hardly missed a punch, landing a significant blow each time he permit his arms go.
Veteran overcome sports activities reporter Kevin Iole was in awe of what the younger gun was dishing up.
“Stevenson is just surprisingly speedy and he’s landing so lots of really hard pictures,” Iole tweeted.
“Just astounding distinction in hand velocity among these two fellas. Stevenson is a blur. And people punches are H-A-R-D.
“This dude is the true offer. I know his opposition is not elite, but this is extraordinary and outstanding stuff.”
Immediately after three rounds of the a single-sided contest, Stevenson had landed 66 punches to Caraballo’s seven. And the beatdown only bought even worse from there as the mismatch among the fighters was made painfully very clear.
“I arrived right here to get him out of there,” Stevenson explained. “My attitude was targeted on finding him out of there.
“I strike him with every little thing I could early, I wobbled him a bunch of instances, and I started out realising the head pictures weren’t likely to do it, so I went to the physique.”
Some in the boxing entire world have already when compared Stevenson to Floyd Mayweather, but he was not acquiring into that speak.
“We’re two distinctive fighters, we’ve bought distinctive variations,” he explained. “I’ve stolen stuff from his recreation, but I have also stolen stuff from Pernell Whitaker, Terence Crawford, Andre Ward.
“I’ve stolen stuff from a good deal of fellas. It is not just Floyd that I try out to put in my recreation. It is a substantial compliment, but I’m nonetheless my own fighter.”
Social media went wild for Stevenson as a great deal questioned how Caraballo managed to endure as long as he did.