Shakur Stevenson vs Joet Gonzalez

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Shakur Stevenson vs Joet Gonzalez
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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, USA
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Vacant WBO Featherweight World Title


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I think Stevenson is one of the best prospects in boxing, has great talent, was a great amateur, and is adapting well to the professionals, improving with every fight, had a decent learning fight against Christopher Diaz in April, went 10 rounds, but he walked it, won almost a shut out.

Gonzalez is 23-0, good record, his opposition has not been bad, he is probably the underdog, doesn't have the amateur background Stevenson has, nowhere near, but he had at least 1 WSB fight, almost double the professional fights Stevenson has had, and he is more experienced than Stevenson overall.

Gonzalez hasn't established himself as a good world level fighter, he might not have peaked, but at 25, 23-0, he might be in his prime, he is definitely closer to his prime than Stevenson is, but I don't think he has the level of potential Stevenson has, so this is an interesting fight. Stevenson 22, only 12 fights, he is inexperienced, and obviously a good 2 years away from his prime, probably 3 or 4 years, he isn't ready for the top fighters in his division, I think he'd have lost to Valdez and it wouldn't have been close, not because Stevenson isn't good enough, but because he isn't ready, same against Warrington, but Gonzalez isn't as experienced as Warrington or Valdez.

Stevenson schooled Diaz, which is impressive, Diaz, not as good as he was supposed to be, lost wide agaimst Masayuki Ito, but with just 10 fights, Stevenson did well to beat him 8-2 or wider, and all his other fights have seemed easy, made a statement against Viorel Simion, stopped him in 1 round, Simion went 12 against Quigg, Selby.

Gonzalez has been impressive overall, knocked out Rodrigo Guerrero and Manuel Avila in the mid rounds, Guerrero had never been stopped, but he was moving up two weight classes when he fought Gonzalez. Gonzalez did well to stop Avila, Avila went 10 against Joseph Diaz, beat Rene Alvarado, Yoandris Salinas. Gonzalez beat Rafael Rivera, but that wasn't a great performance, it was an SD, and Rivera lost a landslide against Diaz, Santa Cruz, and Magdaleno, which makes you question whether Gonzalez is world level.

Both fighters have been 10 rounds, Stevenson once, Gonzalez twice, but neither have been 12 rounds. There is no record of either fighter has been knocked down in their careers so far, but both are at least somewhat untested in terms of having a good chin, especially Stevenson. Stevenson has 58% KOs, I think he hits harder than his KO ratio suggests, I don't think he has devastating power, but he has a fair bit of power, and he is very fast and explosive. Gonzalez has 60% KOs, decent KO ratio, and based on the opponents he's stopped and how early he's stopped them, I think he can punch, but I don't think his power is anything special. I don't think there is a significant difference in power in this fight.