Shakur Stevenson was supposed to get a real test tonight, or at least that was the idea sold for his matchup with former title challenger Christopher Diaz. But Stevenson, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, pretty much wiped out Diaz tonight over 10 rounds, winning a wide decision.
Stevenson won on scores of 98-92, 99-91, and 100-90, and the toughest thing to figure out is where one of the judges found two rounds for Diaz. Bad Left Hook scored the fight 99-91 and 100-90 for Stevenson, who improves to 11-0 (6 KO).
Stevenson was, simply put, too fast, too skilled, and too good for Diaz (24-2, 16 KO), who came in as the best opponent of Stevenson’s career and showed us that it’s going to take someone pretty significantly better than himself to really test the 21-year-old featherweight.
After the fight, Stevenson once again challenged IBF featherweight titleholder Josh Warrington. Warrington (28-0, 6 KO) is set to defend his title on June 15 against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad. The good news for Stevenson and his challenge is that Warrington is promoted by Frank Warren, who works well with Top Rank’s Bob Arum. Both promoters have fights through ESPN networks in the United States, so the deal should be doable at some point.
Statistically, CompuBox saw Stevenson land 165 of 445 total punches (37%), and a fantastic 111 of 226 (49%) power punches. Diaz landed 76 of 345 (22%) total punches and 68 of 262 (26%) power shots.