Shakur Stevenson fought Saturday evening, and even though he took the fight on only five week’s notice, he had little trouble in victory. Stevenson defeated Toka Kahn Clary via decision, winning a unanimous 100-90 on all three judges’ scorecards. A Stevenson decision win was favored among winning method odds at +125.
There are some concerns that he didn’t finish Clary via stoppage given the differences in talent. However, the fight came together as a main event replacement for Miguel Berchelt vs. Oscar Valdez after that that fight fell through when Berchelt tested positive for COVID. He’ll get a bit of a pass for the time being and critics will look to see how he performs in 2021.
Stevenson improved to 15-0 with the victory and the coming year should bring a step up in competition. He comes out of the fight as the No. 1 contender to Jamel Herring’s WBO title and the No. 2 contender for Miguel Berchelt’s WBC title. Berchelt will eventually fight Valdez, while Herring has a fight in January against Carl Frampton. The WBO previously ordered the winner of Herring-Frampton to fight Stevenson within 90 days of their title fight.