Shakur Stevenson vs. Alberto Guevara Fight Results

Stevenson Stops Guevara

Ever since he turned pro following the 2016 Olympics, featherweight contender Shakur Stevenson wanted to return home to Newark.

In front of 5,150 fans at Prudential Center, Stevenson, the WBO No. 1 contender, knocked out two-time world title challenger Alberto “Metro” Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder.

“That was a great performance I put on for the city of Newark. Top Rank, y’all all have to give me better competition I want the IBF and WBO {titles}. I would love to go to England to fight Josh Warrington,” Stevenson said. “I surprised myself today. I was going to the body a lot. I saw him at the weigh-in. He didn’t look like he was in shape.

“There is only one way to describe tonight – amazing! Seeing all of my family, friends and everybody from the city come out to support me was incredible.”

Stevenson (12-0, 7 KOs) dominated the opening round, scored a pair of knockdowns in the second and finished things off with a knockdown in the third. It was a short, brutal and just what the crowd wanted.

Greer Jr. Edges Potapov

The knockout didn’t come, but bantamweight Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. ultimately got the job done. Greer (21-1-1, 12 KOs), the Chicago-born bantamweight puncher, bested Nikolai Potapov by majority decision (114-114, 115-113 and 116-112) to the earn the IBF No. 2 ranking and the NABO belt.

Greer swept the 12th round on all three judges’ scorecards to secure the win in what was a tactical affair. Potapov (20-2-1, 11 KOs) snapped Greer’s seven-bout KO streak, with some ringside observers believing he did enough to pull off the upset.

“He’s very awkward with the Russian style. But at the end of the day, this is the pros. And at the end of the day, I pulled it out,” Greer said. “The booing didn’t bother me. I know I won the fight. Every time I hit him to the body, I hurt him. I didn’t get the knockout, but I got the win. Next time out, you’ll see the pillow again.”

In other action:

— After nearly two years out of the ring, super lightweight Julian Rodriguez (17-0, 11 KOs) needed only 59 seconds to knock out Hevinson Herrera (24-18-1, 18 KOs) in front of his devoted Northern New Jersey fans.

Rodriguez, only 24 years old, was out of the ring due to assorted injuries.
“I was very confident in my preparation, so I felt like I had to go in there and do what I had to do,” Rodriguez said. “That’s what {the fans} like about me. When they come here, they see a show.”

— Vijender Singh (11-0, 8 KOs), a three-time Olympian and the fighting pride of India, had a successful United States and Top Rank debut, knocking out Mike Snider (13-6-3, 8 KOs) in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-round super middleweight bout.

“It was excellent getting back in the ring after a long time off. It’s great to be here in the USA and get the win. It was really exciting,” Singh said. “It took me about four rounds to get back in the swing of things. I expected it to take two or three rounds, but it took me four. I felt good.”

— Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno (13-0, 11 KOs) continued his rapid rise up the lightweight ranks, knocking out Adriano Ramirez (10-4, 6 KOs) in the second round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Adorno knocked down Ramirez a pair of times in the second, and referee Sparkle Lee immediately called a halt to the bout following the second knockdown.

— Josue “The Prodigy” Vargas (14-1, 9 KOs) won his eighth fight in a row, knocking out the rugged veteran Manuel Lopez (14-4-1, 7 KOs) in the seventh round of a scheduled eight-round welterweight bout.

— Super lightweight prospect John “El Terrible” Bauza (13-0, 5 KOs) was dominant in notching an eight-round unanimous decision over Angel Sarinana (10-9-2, 4 KOs) by identical scores of 80-72.

— Vito Mielnicki Jr., a 17-year-old high school senior from Roseland, New Jersey, knocked out Tamarcus Smith (2-3, 2 KOs) in 1:16 in his professional debut. A savage right hand put Smith down and out for the count in the scheduled four-round welterweight bout.

Stevenson vs. Guevara

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Shakur Stevenson vs. Alberto Guevara

New Jersey native Shakur Stevenson (12-0, 7 KOs) gave his hometown crowd something to cheer for as he completely dismantled Alberto Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs). Stevenson did whatever he wanted to as he toyed with Guevara. Three knockdowns ensued in just three rounds. Before Guevara could receive anymore punishment, the referee put an end to the contest.

Joshua Greer Jr. vs. Nikolai Potapov

In what turned out to be a robbery in the eyes of many, Joshua Greer Jr. (21-1-1, 12 KOs) managed to squeak past Nikolai Potapov (20-2-1, 11 KOs). When the scorecards were announced, 114-114, 116-112 and 115-113 in the favor of Greer, nothing seemed right. There wasn’t much action throughout, which was surprising seeing how Greer brung a pillow with him wherever he went, to symbolize that he was going to put his opponent to sleep.

He did not come close to accomplishing that. It was a lackluster performance as many in the crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey did not appreciate the effort. Its safe to say that no one left pleased after this performance.

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Josue Vargas vs. Manuel Lopez

Vito Mielnicki Jr. vs. Tamarcus Smith

A star may have been born in the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey. 17 year old high school student Vito Mielnicki Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) scored a first round knockout over Tamarcus Smith (2-3, 2 KOs). It was a left hook by the young Mielnicki Jr. that did the damage as his opponent hit the canvas face down and did not beat the count.

John Bauza vs. Angel Sarinana

John Bauza (13-0, 5 KOs) kept his perfect record intact as he scored a wide unanimous decisions victory over Angel Sarinana (10-9-2, 4 KOs). Not a single judge gave a round to Sarinana as the final scorecards were 80-72 across the board. Sarinana displayed his toughness but that wasn’t enough as Bauza was the much more active fighter throughout.

Julian Rodriguez vs. Hevinson Herrera

Julian Rodriguez (17-0, 11 KOs) returned from a layoff that lasted only two years at the Prudential Center, in Newark New Jersey. He proved that there was no need to worry about rust as he quickly knocked out his opponent Hevinson Herrera (24-18-1, 18 KOs) in the very first round.

Vijender Singh vs. Mike Snider

Vijender Singh (11-0, 8 KOs) proved to be to much for Mike Snider (13-6, 8 KOs) at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey. Singh unloaded on a barrage of punches that went unanswered in the fourth round. Snider never hit the ground but was clearly in position to continue fighting as the referee stepped in to put a halt to the contest.

Joseph Adorno vs. Adriano Ramirez

Undefeated Lightweight prospect Joseph Adorno (13-0, 11 KOs) made quick work of Adriano Ramirez (10-4, 6 KOs). It was Adorno’s hard hitting style that put an end to the contest in the second round.

 

In article photos by Marilyn Paulino/Top Rank

Header photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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