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Stevenson dominates Gonzalez to pick up WBO title

Stevenson calls for unification with IBF titlist Josh Warrington after claiming WBO strap

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Shakur Stevenson could be an option after claiming the WBO title against Joet Gonzales Credit: BT Sport Boxing
Shakur Stevenson could be an option after claiming the WBO title against Joet Gonzales Credit: BT Sport Boxing

Shakur Stevenson won the WBO Featherweight world title with a unanimous points win against fellow unbeaten, Joet Gonzalez in Reno, Nevada.

22-year-old Stevenson won what was a family affair, as Gonzalez sister is Shakur’s partner, but there was no room for sentiment as Stevenson picked up the vacant WBO Featherweight Title, freed up following Oscar Valdez’s vacation of the belt.

Stevenson used his speed and timing to perfection to frustrate Gonzalez, and did what he needed to do to outbox his opponent for the duration of the contest.

Judges Eric Cheek, Glenn Feldman and Dave Moretti all tallied 119-109 for Stevenson, who extends his winning run to thirteen without defeat.

The pair were kept apart after the final bell, with the two corners spilling out into the ring, as Gonzalez said “It was personal.

“It was between me and him, the disrespect he was putting out, he said a lot of things,” said Gonzalez, who clearly was unhappy with Stevenson, and refused to talk to the new Champion post fight.

“I don’t know how he can say he has no hard feelings when the whole time he was disrespecting our family.”

Stevenson has called out IBF champion Josh Warrington for a unification battle Credit: Josh Warrington
Stevenson has called out IBF champion Josh Warrington for a unification battle Credit: Josh Warrington

Stevenson also wasted no time to calling out IBF champion Josh Warrington post fight, claiming immediately he wanted to unify the belts within the division.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medallist is now up and running on the World Title scene, and will certainly be one to keep an eye on through 2020 and beyond.

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