Stevenson-Yoshino venue announced

Undefeated former two-weight world champion Shakur Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) will take on WBC #5 Shuichiro Yoshino (16-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round WBC lightweight title eliminator on April 8, at Prudential Center in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

“I am taking over the lightweight division and my run will start on April 8 in Newark,” proclaimed Stevenson. “Shuichiro Yoshino is an undefeated fighter who was willing to step up and fight me when so many fighters were scared…we are going to pack the Prudential Center again and show the world who the future of boxing really is.”

In the co-feature, heavyweight knockout artist Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (13-0, 13 KOs) aims for another stoppage in a 10-rounder against an opponent to be named. And, in the 10-round televised opener, rising lightweight and U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (7-0, 5 KOs) fights a to-be-determined foe.

Stevenson-Yoshino and the returns of Anderson and Davis will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Undercard action — streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ — includes undefeated Polish heavyweight prospect Damian Knyba (10-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-rounder and unbeaten featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (6-0, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets starting at $55 go on sale Friday, February 10.

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    • Watching Shakur fight is absolutely dreadful! Safety first fighter fights like he’s terrified of getting hit, shoot I’d much rather watch paint dry than watch this over rated clown fight.

  • They said Davis was fighting Emmanuel Tagoe and I am DAMN interested to see who they get for Anderson. Maybe that guy Zhan??

    • It feels like it’s time for Anderson to start taking some steps forward. I don’t know how real of a threat he is, but we’re starting to get to sink-or-swim mode. Zhan Kossobutskiy would be interesting, or maybe someone like Bakole. This kid is getting hype, but I’m not feeling it until he beats someone of note.

  • Makes sense for Stevenson to move up. The only interesting fight for him was Valdez and we all know the outcome of that. Maybe he’ll take kingry.

  • Must be a good payday for the Japanese fighter to go fight Stevenson in Newark. If Haney would have already vacated and went up to 140, this could be a vacant WBC title fight.

  • Can’t wait to see Stevenson and the undercard! Stevenson is one of my favorite fighters.

    • Stevenson is whiny, buck toothed, over hyped fighter. Let him go up to 140 and he will finally fight someone his size. Can’t wait to see him lose.

      • You will be waiting a long time. This
        kid can fight. He is not a big puncher but
        his boxing IQ is equal to Mayweather and
        Andre Ward. Coincidentally, both
        Mayweather and Ward were P4P best
        in their prime.

  • will baby anderson fight a decent heavy probably not ? nothing but set up fights no t a great card as for shakur fighting the japanese fighter who cares ?

    • Yoshino is coming off of back to back good wins. He’s a good top 10 Lightweight with decent power, but he’s also to slow for Shakur.

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