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FSM Recap: Stevenson vs. Harutyunyan

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With his future with Top Rank on the line, Shakur Stevenson will return in his first defense of the WBC lightweight belt.

 

This Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, a battle for the WBC lightweight belt will go down. The undefeated WBC lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson (21-0, 1KOs) will make his first title defense. He’ll go against seventh-ranked WBC contender Artem “The Original” Harutyunyan (12-1, KOs 7) as he looks to play spoiler and pull off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. 

 

Main Event – Shakur Stevenson (-2500) vs. Artem Harutyunyan (+1100)

 

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In the lightweight division, three boxers have stood out from the rest of the pack. Those are Vasiliy Lomachenko, Gervonta Davis, and Shakur Stevenson. And though he’s the youngest and has the least experience, Shakur Stevenson has always been a star. From his early days as an amateur, he represented the US in the 2016 Olympics. Stevenson went on to have great success, making it to the finals, where he lost. This resulted in him winning the silver medal at featherweight. From there, he signed a contract with Top Rank

Stevenson would win by doctor stoppage in his pro debut, but he would win every round on every judge’s scorecard. That fight was just the beginning of what was to come. He would continue to win, beating everyone in his path going 12-0. He would ride this train of dominance to his first title fight against Joet Gonzalez for the vacant WBO featherweight title. Stevenson had a perfect fight, winning every round except one. This would earn him his first major title, but it wouldn’t last long as he moved to super featherweight.

In the new division, Stevenson would start racking up major win after major win. He would beat Jeremiah Nakathila for the WBO interim belt, Jamel Herring to unify the WBO belt, and Óscar Valdez for the WBC belt. Stevenson would hold two major belts until his first title defense, where he won the fight but came in overweight. After that, Stevenson made the move to lightweight. From there, he would still succeed and win his first two fights in the division, with one against Edwin De Los for the WBC lightweight belt. 

At 21-0, Stevenson has proven to be one of the best in the game. However, there are some concerns with the young fighter. To the eyes of many, Stevenson is considered boring. He’s dominant, but he’s not someone they want to watch. Plus, his last fight did not help. Stevenson had a lackluster performance without one round where he landed double-digit strikes. Now, with one more fight under Top Rank, both sides are fighting to get the upper hand in negotiations. Stevenson wants more money and bigger name fights, while Top Rank wants to pay him less. Both sides aren’t budging, and Stevenson is to become a free agent. So, with one more fight with Top Rank, they want to give him an opponent who will lower his value. One that is not a big name but good enough that Stevenson won’t perform at his best. That fighter will be Artem Harutyunyan.

 

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Though he’s coming in as a big underdog, Artem Harutyunyan is not someone to take lightly. Just like his opponent, Harutyunyan also started in the 2016 Olympics. Representing Germany, he would win the bronze medal in the light-welterweight division. After that, he took his first professional fight, which he won with PTS. He would continue to win and follow that up with four more victories, all by TKO. 

Harutyunyan kept winning his matches, going 9-0. From there, he would make a move from light-welterweight to lightweight. This change didn’t stop his success, as he would win his first three matches in the new division. From there, he was within arms’ reach of his first title fight. 

In his 13th pro fight, Harutyunyan had a title eliminator match against Frank Martin. With both fighters being undefeated, someone had to suffer their first loss to earn a title fight. Martin would ultimately be the winner by unanimous decision. Harutyunyan would still put up a close match, but it resulted in losing his perfect record. 

In boxing, losing one fight can lower your value. But with Shakur Stevenson having one more fight on his Top Rank contract, Harutyunyan is thrown in to lower Stevenson’s value. So Harutyunyan is given a title match, but no one expects him to win. Looking like a massive underdog, he sees it as an opportunity to play “spoiler.” Harutyunyan is looking to be the first to beat Stevenson and earn his first career belt. Plus, this could be the most significant upset this year. Though unlikely, we’ll have to wait and see.

 

Shakur Stevenson will face Artem Harutyunyan on Saturday, July 6th, in Newark, New Jersey. The main card is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm PT. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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– Ethan Kugler – Franchise Sports Media

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