In the Main Event Tuesday over ESPN WBO World Featherweight champion in a non-title bout Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson, impressed stopping Puerto Rico’s Felix “La Sombra” Caraballo at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a Super Featherweight fight 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist and WBO World Featherweight Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson, 14-0 (8), #130, of Newark, NJ, scored an impressive knockout over a game Felix “La Sombra” Caraballo, 13-2-2 (9), #130, of Mayguez, PR, at 1:31 of the sixth round in a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first round Carabello came out pressing Stevenson who countered well. In the middle of the ring Stevenson landed half a dozen unanswered punches to the body. In what looked like a possible slip was ruled a knockdown by referee Tony Weeks after scoring by Stevenson who landed a pair of rights to the head and body. Stevenson showed his defensive skills along with a solid offense.
In the second round Stevenson continued out working Carabello who kept coming forward but had little offense. In the third round Stevenson landed 3 straight lefts to the head of Carabello in the first minute. Halfway through the round with Stevenson backed into a corner Carabello landed 3 body shots. Stevenson went onto completely control the round with his hand and foot speed to impress.
In the fourth round Stevenson seemed to set down landing more solid punches to the head and body of Carabello. Referee Tony Weeks warned Stevenson for coming in with his head during in fighting. Stevenson controlled the round easily. In the fifth round Stevenson at the first minute mark landed half a dozen unanswered punches mostly to the head. In the final minute Stevenson landed a 3-punch combination to the head hurting Carabello. During the round Stevenson shook his left hand possibly showing an injury. In the sixth round Stevenson was warned for a low blow by referee Weeks giving Carabello a short rest. Stevenson came right back landing a vicious left uppercut to the body of Carabello to the canvas for the count by referee Weeks.
“I came in with my mind to get him out of there. He was able to absorb a lot of punishment. I felt I had to go to the body more after hurting my left on his head,” said Stevenson. He is co-managed by former world champion Andre Ward.
Heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello, 7-0 (7), #239.25, of Roma, IT, out of Las Vegas, NV, stopped Don “Mr. JBT” Haynesworth, 16-4-1 (14), #294.5, out of New Rochelle, NY, at 2:16 of the first round after one knockdown in a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Haynesworth was the aggressor until Vianello landed several solid punches on the chin. Vianello used an effective jab setting up his right counter. At the two minute mark Haynesworth came in low landing a jab but was countered by a solid right from Vianello on the side of the head dropping Haynesworth. Though he beat the count referee Nady called a halt. Haynesworth hit the canvas quite hard on the back of his head that may have help make the decision to stop the fight.
“I practice my jab every day in the gym setting up my strong right hand,” said Vianello. This fight was originally scheduled in March in Canada. Vianello is a former Olympian who has worked with Tyson Fury.
In the first fight on the card Featherweight 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist southpaw Cuban Robeisy Ramirez, 3-1 (3), #126, out of Gulfport, FL, scored a pair of knockdowns stopping Yeuri “Dinamita” Andujar, 5-4 (3), #126.5, of San Cristobal, DR, at 0:54 of the first round in a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round after 30 seconds a lead left from Ramirez on the chin and followed by a left uppercut on the chin of Andujar dropped him. Seconds later it was a repeat left by Ramirez dropping Andujar for a second knockdown causing referee Tony Weeks to wisely call a halt.
“I knew fight fans would be looking for a knockout with the return to boxing after so long. I’ve been working on sitting down on my punches and felt I could jump on my opponent right away,” said Ramirez. Ramirez was the last boxer to defeat main event boxer Shakur Stevenson in the amatuers in the 2016 Olympics in the final round. He talked of meeting Stevenson again in the future but with only 4 fights in 4 years he has to be more active let alone ranked.
20 year-old Heavyweight Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson, 4-0 (4), #236.5, of Toledo, OH, stopped southpaw Johnnie Langston, 8-3 (3), #218.3, of Sarasota, FL, at 1:55 of the third round in a scheduled 6 rounds.
In the first round Anderson kept driving southpaw Langston to the ropes with a solid attack of body shots. A right to the body followed by a right to the head by Anderson was the highlight of the round. In the final 10 seconds Langston landed his best punch of the round a right hook to the head of Anderson who came right back with a combination.
In the second round Anderson continued forcing the action. He hurt Langston with a right to the body in the final 30 seconds of the round. In the third round several rights to the head from Anderson hurt Langston causing referee Nady to call a halt.
“It was amazing getting a couple of rounds. He landed a good uppercut to the body during the fight. I stay humble doing the best I can.
Middleweight Quatavious Cash, 12-2 (7), #160.5, of Atlanta, GA, defeated by technical decision over Calvin “The Great” Metcalf, 10-4-1(3), #158.3, of Kansas City, MO, in the sixth and final round due to a cut suffered by Metcalf at 0:35 of the round.
In the first round Metcalf chased Cash around the ring. In the final 30 seconds Cash landed his first solid punch a right on the chin of Metcalf. The rest of the round both exchanged punches. In the second round Metcalf was warned about coming forward with his head “like a billy goat” said referee Jay Nady. Cash was more active countering Metcalf who lost his mouthpiece. Midway in the round Metcalf suffered a cut between over his left eye brow caused by an accidental head butt caused by Cash.
In the third round again Cash knocked out the mouthpiece of Metcalf. The action picked up with Metcalf continuing coming forward to the point he is running to catch up to Cash. Cash out punching him when he did catch up.
In the fourth round the action continued mostly in the middle of the ring in the last minute of the round with Cash getting the better of it. In the fifth round Metcalf was busier in the first half of the round though blood from his previous cut was running down his face. Cash was doing too much holding.
In the sixth and final round with both mixing it up well referee Nady stopped the action bringing in the ring physician checking the cut Metcalf received. The fight was halted.
Scores at time of stoppage by judges Jarman 60-54, DeLuca 60-55 and Weisfeld 59-55 as did this writer.
Unbeaten Mikaele Mayer was to fight Helen Joseph but tested positive for virus to a disappointment from all including this writer.