Shakur Stevenson returned to the ring tonight in Reno and put in a solid shift to come out with a wide decision.
The 2016 Olympic silver medallist won an easy unanimous decision against Juan Tapia with all three judge’s scorecards reading 80-72, 80-72 and 80-72 in his favour.
He fought an intelligent, tactical fight that suited his style which the purists out there will surely appreciate.
Although, not everyone is quite sold on him just yet:
Shakur Stevenson is a technically sound boxer, but I still see a lack of real physical strength with him. Its why I think Top Rank doesnt move him that quickly #boxing
— Stream Kim (@steveucnlive) February 17, 2018
Shakur Stevenson talented, no doubt, but the “Ah, ah, ah!””sound effects get a tad irritating after a while.
— Graham Houston (@fightwriterone) February 17, 2018
He hasn’t fought anyone. Still not impressed.
— Flex Luger (@19delta4life) February 17, 2018
@ShakurStevenson do you think you hit harder than Marlen Esparza? I think you grunt louder but not sure about the power?
— ray sanchez (@realraysanchez) February 17, 2018
You needed to knock that bum out to prove you’re something. All you proved is; You can’t crack an egg.
— Kenny Robinson (@kennyrob_The2nd) February 17, 2018
kid needs to learn how to throw with his body to create power. Arm throwing bunny shots aren’t gonna get him very far when he gets to better competition.
— Frank Finkral (@FFinkral) February 17, 2018
Perhaps some of this feedback is a little harsh though, in all fairness.
He is still very, very young and is only going to improve fight to fight. He has all the ability and talent to become the future of American boxing if he remains focused and improves fight to fight.
Rome wasn’t built-in a day.