Featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson kept looking like a blue chipper tonight in Verona, New York, scoring a fourth round TKO victory over Jessie Cris Rosales.
Stevenson (10-0, 6 KO) picked up his fourth stoppage in his last five victories, catching Rosales (22-2-1, 10 KO) clean and dropping him about halfway into the fourth round. The official time of stoppage was 1:29 of that fourth round.
Stevenson, 21, never had any problems here, clearly outclassing Rosales from the opening bell. The prospect fought on the inside in this bout, and said that he wanted to show he can do more than box in a slick fashion.
“Everybody, they see me box, I’m a beautiful boxer, but I wanna show people I can fight. I’m a fighter, too,” Stevenson said after the bout.
Asked about his aspirations, Stevenson said, “I know I’m ready for a world title right now, don’t get me wrong. But at the same time I’m still growing and I’ve got Top Rank behind me. They’re gonna get me on the right track. I’m just gonna listen to them.”
That said, Stevenson also threw out a respectful challenge to IBF featherweight titleholder Josh Warrington, and promoter Bob Arum seemed to back his fighter’s play.
“I talked with Frank (Warren) when I was in London. If he’s ready for Warrington, I think I can arrange that fight,” Arum said.