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Shakur Stevenson wants Jamel Herring in his first fight next year

Shakur Stevenson. Photo credit: Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Former WBO featherweight champion Shakur ‘Fearless’ Stevenson 14-0 (8) wants to fight for a world title in his next bout if he is successful against Toka Kahn Clary 28-2 (19) at ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

“I was really hoping to get another fight in 2020, so I jumped at this date when it was offered to me,” the 23-year-old southpaw from Newark, New Jersey said.

“I started training camp the next day and am preparing for another stellar Shakur Stevenson performance on December 12.

“I’m putting the 130-pound division on notice. I’m the best junior lightweight in the world and my first fight of 2021 will be for the WBO title.”

The WBO 130-pound belt is held by Jamel Herring 22-2 (10) who is expected to face former world champion Carl Frampton 28-2 (16) first-up in 2021.

“I have no doubt Shakur Stevenson will put forth another tremendous performance as he prepares to challenge for a junior lightweight world title in 2021,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

“Toka Kahn Clary is a highly skilled southpaw boxer, and I expect him to be in top form. With Felix Verdejo and Edgar Berlanga in action as well, this is a great card to close out 2020.”

Kahn Clary, a one-time top prospect from Providence, Rhode Island, is an eight-year pro who turned around his career following a stunning first-round knockout loss as a 19-0 prospect in 2016.

He lost a close decision to Kid Galahad in an October 2018 featherweight world title eliminator and since that defeat, he has won three straight at junior lightweight. Kahn Clary last fought in October when he knocked out veteran Jonathan Perez in two rounds.

“I want to thank Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment for giving me this opportunity to showcase my talent,” Kahn Cleary said.

“There is no doubt that Shakur is a great fighter. He’s fast and very skilled, but so am I. Come December 12, boxing fans will see the difference between a man and a boy. I’m in the best shape of my life, and the world will see Toka Kahn Clary shine.”

On the undercard Felix Verdejo 27-1 (17) will face Masayoshi Nakatani 18-1 (12) over 10-rounds at lightweight.

“Before my last fight, I promised my fans and followers of boxing everywhere that I would shine again. And I did. Now, on December 12, I have before me the most important challenge of my career,” Verdejo said.

“I won’t make the mistake of looking past Masayoshi Nakatani because I know a world championship opportunity is at stake. That is my motivating force.”

The card will also feature knockout artists Edgar Berlanga and Elvis Rodriguez in separate bouts. Super middleweight Berlanga 15-0 (15) will face Ulises Sierra 15-1-2 (9) while lightweight Rodriguez 10-0-1 (10) will lock horns with

“Top Rank has given me another huge opportunity to showcase my skills,” Berlanga said. “I’m just grateful for this big platform and to everyone who made it happen. On December 12, you’re going to see the Puerto Rican monster at it again.”

Rodriguez said: “I am grateful for the opportunities that Top Rank has given me and the effort of my team to keep me fit and ready.

“I would like to be recognized as Prospect of the Year. It would be a great recognition of my talent, effort, sacrifice and discipline. I believe that I would be the first Dominican boxer named Prospect of the Year. Representing the Dominican flag is a source of pride for me. I feel committed to bringing a world title to my country.”

Arum added: “I have not seen a more talented prospect this year than Elvis Rodriguez, and with the incomparable Freddie Roach in his corner, he is in wonderful hands.”