Bryant Jennings vs. Oscar Rivas
Bryant “B.Y.” Jennings was itching for another Heavyweight world title shot. The 34-year-old Philadelphia native had won five consecutive bouts, four by knockout, and was hoping to make an emphatic statement on Friday night when he put his IBF International and NABO Heavyweight belts on the line in a 12-round showdown against the unbeaten NABF champion Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas.
The bout, which took place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., was an exciting Heavyweight clash which saw Rivas score the 12th-round TKO victory over the favored Jennings.
Shakur Stevenson vs. Jessie Cris Rosales
In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated Featherweight sensation and 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson took on Jessie Cris Rosales for the vacant International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Featherweight Title and vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Featherweight Title.
Stevenson was impressive in scoring the stoppage win in Round 4 behind a series of hard, straight left hands.
While Rosales did recover and stand up, the referee decided that Rosales was not in any condition to continue the bout.
The TKO victory for Stevenson came at 1:29 of Round 4 as he improves to 10-0, 6 KOs.
“I want to show everybody that I can fight,” said Stevenson. “I’m a beautiful boxer, but I’m a fighter too.”
Although Stevenson said he wants to follow Top Rank’s lead in guiding his career, he said he feels he is ready to step up and fight for a title in 2019.
The 126-pound division is filled with talent, but Stevenson has his eyes set on one particular champion.
“I want Josh Warrington,” said Stevenson. “I want to go to England and let those fans watch me.”
Bob Arum also spoke in regards to a possible title shot for Stevenson.
“If he’s ready for Warrington I think I can make that fight,” said Arum.
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