US star Shakur Stevenson retains WBC lightweight boxing title

Unbeaten American Shakur Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council lightweight world title with a methodical unanimous decision victory over Artem Harutyunyan on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Stevenson improved to 22-0 with 10 wins inside the distance, making his first defence of the title he won with a narrow decision over Dominican puncher Edwin De Los Santos last November.

That made Stevenson a three-weight world champion, but it was a lackluster showing from both fighters and Stevenson did little on Saturday to quiet critics demanding more fireworks in his last fight under contract to promoter Top Rank.


Shakur Stevenson is all smiles after retaining his WBC light heavyweight title with a win over Artem Harutyunyan.
Shakur Stevenson is all smiles after retaining his WBC light heavyweight title with a win over Artem Harutyunyan. Getty Images

After a slow start that left fans at the Prudential Center in Stevenson’s home town restless, Stevenson began to wear down the Armenian-born German challenger with a series of body shots in the sixth round.

He maintained a measured pace through the 12th, the judges scoring it for the champion 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112.

Harutyunyan, in his first world title bid, fell to 12-2 with seven wins inside the distance.

On the same card, Brazilian Robson Conceicao dethroned WBC super featherweight world champion O’Shaquie Foster with a controversial 12-round split decision victory.

Foster’s jaw dropped in stunned consternation as the scores were read out after a fight in which he — and many onlookers — felt he had done enough against an opponent who didn’t appear to land any damaging blows.

But two judges saw the bout for Conceicao 116-112 and 115-113, while the third scored it 116-112 for Foster.


Shakur Stevenson delivers a left jab to Artem Harutyunyan during his WBC light heavyweight title win.
Shakur Stevenson delivers a left jab to Artem Harutyunyan during his WBC light heavyweight title win. Getty Images

“I do think I was actually the winner,” said Conceicao, a 2016 Olympic gold medallist who improved to 19-2 with one drawn and nine knockouts.

“I tried way more. He didn’t come to fight, he was actually running, running, running, I kept on striking, so I was the winner.”

Foster fell to 22-3 with 12 knockouts.

“I thought it was a shut-out,” Foster said. “I didn’t get touched but with a head-butt. I don’t know, man … I want a rematch.”

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