Former featherweight titlist Shakur Stevenson was able to display another tactical performance in earning a 10 round unanimous decision over Toka Khan Clary on Saturday night at the Bubble at the MGM Grand Arena. live in ESPN.
Stevenson was able to Boss Khan Clary around the ring, dominating the fight with movements that saw him rarely getting hit. He was able to earn himself a wide decision with scores from Judges Lisa Giampa, Dave Moretti and Don Trella , 100-90 all in favour of Stevenson.
Stevenson didn’t need much time to settle into the fight, establishing his jab early in the round and was able to rock Khan Clary in the mid rounds and later a big left before the end of the round. Khan Clary was almost in serious issues in the second round, when he tried untracking his offense and was rocked again with an uppercut, which he took well but didn’t reply.
After being dominated throughout the early rounds the Providence-based Liberian southpaw had his moments in the sixth, bursting out with some kind of offence that prompted the intervention of the referee for a Phantom foul.
Stevenson was very focused on his punches and landed some more left hands but Khan Clary kept stalking the former featherweight titlist and made it looked like he was a point away from winning the fight. The opportunity to shock the world never came as he was far beyond getting a win on the scorecards.
The fight was so one sided at one point that there was a debate on whether his corner will throw in the towel but that never came from Freddie Roach, whom he worked with due to his trainer Hector Bermudez tested positive to Corona Virus.
Khan Clary used his Jab in the final round but Stevenson was no longer serious as he played more and ran around the ring in celebration of his already certain victory. Stevenson dominated the fight both physically and tactically with his defensive techniques, which limited Khan Clary to just 48 punches in 529.
Stevenson, who won his second fight at Junior lightweight since abandoning his title at featherweight would have loved to get another knock out to compliment his sixth round KO win over Felix Caraballo in June. However, he is greatful for another 10 rounds in the ring against a good and experienced fighter.
“You got an experienced fighter who know how to survive. I knew him since back I nthe amateurs. He knew how to survive and that’s what he did.”
Khan Clary saw his three fight winning streak snapped by the loss and was defeated for the first time since losing a competitive unanimous decision to Kid Gallagher back in 2018.