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Shakur Stevenson v Artem Harutyunyan Odds: Stevenson 4/6 to retain title

Unbeaten pound-for-pound star Shakur Stevenson is the odds-on favourite to make a successful first defence of his WBC lightweight world title against Artem Harutyunyan in New Jersey this weekend.

Shakur Stevenson v Artem Harutyunyan Odds

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There's no doubting that Stevenson is one of the most talented and skilled operators in the business, and he will want to serve a timely reminder of his credentials after labouring to a points success over Edwin De Los Santos in November.

Of course, that victory secured him his first world title - the WBC lightweight strap - but it was a performance that still drew criticism from certain quarters.

The New Jersey native has vowed to be at his best this time around however, and is clearly targeting a stoppage success in his maiden title defence.

The 27-year-old, who has dispatched of 10 of his 21 opponents inside the distance, has been priced up at 4/6 to end the tough and durable Harutyunyan's hopes inside the distance this weekend, and 6/5 to get the job done on the scorecards.

Harutyumyan - born in Armenia and fighting out of Germany - succumbed to his first professional defeat at the hands of Frank Martin last summer, and will be keen to upset his 13/1 odds in what will be his first ever bout for world honours.

Shakur Stevenson v Artem Harutyunyan

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