Shakur Stevenson – Shuichiro Yoshino will be squaring off in a WBC lightweight title eliminator two months from now on April 8th in the main event to force their way to a title shot against undisputed champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney.

The clash between Stevenson and Yoshino, along with unbeaten heavyweight Jared Anderson and lightweight prospect Keyshawn Davis in separate bouts, will air live on ESPN (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

Stevenson-Yoshino will headline in a loaded Top Rank-promoted card at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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When is Shakur Stevenson vs. Shuichiro Yoshino?

  • Date: Saturday, April 8
  • Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 11:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 a.m. BST
  • Viewers in the U.S. can watch the fight live on ESPN+
  • The fight will take place at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, America.
  • The main card is set to get underway at 8:00 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. BST with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 a.m. BST. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights. 

Shakur Stevenson vs. Shuichiro Yoshino: What has been said?

Shakur Stevenson:

“I am taking over the lightweight division and my run will start on April 8 in Newark,” said Stevenson, who is currently not ranked at 130 or 135 pounds by The Ring. “Shuichiro Yoshino is an undefeated fighter who was willing to step up and fight me when so many fighters were scared. My last fight at the Prudential Center was just the start of what I’m building in (New) Jersey. We are going to pack the Prudential Center again and show the world who the future of boxing really is.

Shuichiro Yoshino:

“Shakur Stevenson is one of the most gifted fighters I’ve had the pleasure of promoting, and I look forward to seeing him once again fight in front of his incredible hometown fans in Newark,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Yoshino is a tough fighter and won’t be deterred by the hostile crowd.


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