Shakur Stevenson is ranked as the best active super featherweight in the world by BoxRec, ESPN and the Transnational Boxing Rankings and is looking to extend his perfect record against Shuichuro Yoshino this weekend.
|Shakur Stevenson v Shuichiro Yoshino
|Prudential Center, New York
|Saturday 8th April
|How to watch:
|Sky Sports Main Event/Action
|Shakur Stevenson 1/16, Shuichiro Yoshino 15/2
Shakur Stevenson’s bout with Shuichiro Yoshino is set to take place in the early hours of Sunday 9th April.
The ringwalks for the bout between Shakur Stevenson and Shuichiro Yoshino are due to take place at 04.00, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The fight between Shuichiro Yoshino and Shakur Stevenson is at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey in the United States.
The venue is the home of the New Jersey Devils NHL franchise, as well as hosting a large number of UFC events.
The first UFC event was held at the Prudential Center in 2007 and has a capacity of 19,500 for mixed martial arts or .
Shakur Stevenson is the heavy favourite to win this bout, priced up at 1/16, with Shuichiro Yoshino a 15/2 shot and the draw a 22/1 chance.
Stevenson is 12/5 to win by knockout and 2/5 to win on the judge’s scorecards, while Yoshino is a 10/1 for a knockout victory and 22/1 to be victorious by decision.
There are no belts on the line in this clash but it is a lightweight title eliminator.
Shakur Stevenson was originally ordered by the WBC to fight Isaac Cruz in aeliminator, who refused to enter negotiations, as did William Zepeda and George Kambosos Jr.
Shuichiro Yoshino was the highest fighter in the rankings to accept the fight.
Shakur Stevenson has a perfect record of 19 wins from 19 professional fights, with nine of those wins coming by way of knockout and 10 of the wins coming by decision.
Stevenson won the WBO featherweight title in 2019 against Joet Gonzalez and then won the against Jamel Herring in October 2021.
The 25-year-old followed that up with a victory over Oscar Valdez to secure the WBC and The Ring super-featherweight titles.
In his latest clash, Stevenson missed weight against Robson Conceicao so despite his victory did not win the WBC, WBO and The Ring super-featherweight titles that were on the line.
Shuichiro Yoshino has a perfect record of 16 wins from 16 professional fights, with 12 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
The Japanese bruiser has never, though, fought outside of his home country before this bout.
Yoshino took home the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF lightweight titles in October 2019 with a win over Harmonito Dela Torre before retaining those belts in a number of subsequent fights.
His two biggest victories have come against Masayuki Ito in April last year, where he retained his belts, and last time out against Masayoshi Nakatani in November where he was a sixth-round knockout winner.
The undercard for the bout between Shakur Stevenson and Shuichiro Yoshino sees seven other fights in what should be an entertaining night of action.
Topping the undercard is the clash between heavyweights Jared Anderson and George Arias.
Earlier, former Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis faces Anthony Yigit, while Polish fighter Damian Knyba takes on Curtis Harper.
Bruce Carrington and Brandon Chambers are set to do battle, along with Kelvin Davis and Nelson Morales.
Antoine Cobb and Jaylan Phillips’ bout, along with the clash between Troy Isley and Roy Barringer, rounds out the undercard.