Shakur Stevenson Vs Franklin Manzanilla Scheduled For 7/13
Shakur Stevenson heads back to his hometown for the first time since turning pro to face former world title challenger Franklin Manzanilla in a 10-round featherweight at at Prudential Center on Saturday, July 13th.
Stevenson-Manzanilla will top a Card featuring a Bantamweight title eliminator Joshua Greer Jr. Vs Nikolai Potapov. The fight will be televised by ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.
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The WBO No. 1 rated Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs) has fought his way up from the level of a prospect to contender status by first knocking out veteran contender Viorel Simion in one round and recently dominating former world title challenger Christopher Diaz over 10 rounds, April 20th on Crawford – Khan fight Card.
“It doesn’t matter who I fight. I am ready to put on a show for my hometown,” Stevenson said. “Newark is going to be out in full force, and I know a victory on July 13 will move me closer to a world title shot, which is my ultimate goal.”
Manzanilla (18-5, 17 KOs) is coming off an impressive fight with unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion Vargas earlier this year. He knocked Vargas down in the second round but ended up losing a decision. He has only lost via knockout ones and owns a 2018 TKO victory over former WBC super bantamweight champion Julio Ceja.
“I fought for a world title against Rey Vargas in my last fight, and I let that opportunity slip away,” Manzanilla said. “Against Shakur, I don’t want that to happen to me again. It will be an honor to be in the ring with an Olympian on such a big stage. I am inspired to give the fans a great show and crash the party.”