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Shakur Stevenson-Artem Harutyunyan live updates: Card, analysis for WBC title

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The World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title belt is on the line tonight with undefeated champion Shakur Stevenson taking on challenger Artem Harutyunyan in a 12-round bout from Newark, New Jersey.

Stevenson (21-0-0, 10 KOs) enters the bout nearly a year removed from winning the vacant WBC world lightweight title over Edwin De Los Santos on Nov. 16, 2023. He’s continued his undefeated run to start his career despite moving up to the stacked lightweight class last year. His last fight in the super featherweight class was a unanimous decision win over Robson Conceicao, but Stevenson was stripped of his WBC and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles for missing weight.

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Harutyunyan (12-1-0, 7 KOs) is a rising challenger in the lightweight class. The Armenian-born German fighter made his debut in November 2017 and racked up five knockout wins in his first six bouts. He won the vacant WBC International Lightweight title on Sept. 25, 2021 but lost it by unanimous decision in his most recent bout against Frank Martin last July.

Will Stevenson keep his title or will Harutyunyan take it? Follow along for live updates.

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  • Date: July 6
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET; main event start time at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET
  • Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
  • TV: N/A
  • Streaming: DAZN
    • DAZN monthly subscripton: $19.99 on a 12-month contract or $24.99 month-to-month in U.S.
    • DAZN annual subscription: $224.99 in the U.S.

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Stevenson is the heavy favorite to retain his WBC World Lightweight title, per BetMGM’s latest boxing odds.

Odds as of Saturday afternoon.

  • Moneyline: Shakur Stevenson (-2500), Artem Harutyunyan (+1100)
  • Stevenson method of victory:
    • KO/TKO/Technical Decision/DQ: -135
    • On points: +120
  • Harutyunyan method of victory:
    • KO/TKO/Technical Decision/DQ: +1400
    • On points: +3300
  • Tie: +2500

Bleacher Report: Stevenson via eighth-round TKO

Alex Ballentine writes: “[Harutyunyan] was aggressive to a fault against Frank Martin. He brought the fight to the American but also left himself vulnerable to counters. Martin was able to pick him off with regularity and his counterpunching carried his performance. Stevenson is an even better counterpuncher than Martin. His defense, quickness and mobility should carry the day and the added incentive to prove his worth before hitting free agency should be enough to accelerate the whole process.”

The Sporting News: Stevenson via unanimous decision

Tom Gray says: “Harutyunyan is guilty of going a bit wide with his punches, and against a sharp-shooting southpaw like Stevenson that could spell doom. The American’s feet are incredible and he just operates on a completely different dimension in terms of speed and reflexes. While this promises to be a long night for Harutyunyan, I do see him reaching the finish line before dropping a lopsided points decision.”

Forbes: Stevenson via unanimous decision

Josh Katzowitz writes: “Stevenson is going to make this look like an easy fight. It doesn’t seem likely that Stevenson is going to showcase his knockout power more now that he’s moved up in weight to 135 pounds, but his boxing skills are outstanding. He’ll win a decision, somewhere in the 118-110 range.”

Tickets were still available for tonight’s bout on multiple third-party sites. Ticketmaster‘s options start at $66 before fees as of Saturday evening.

Tonight’s card is full with eight bouts, including two WBC title fights: Stevenson vs. Harutyunyan in the lightweight category and O’Shaquie Foster vs. Robson Conceicao for the super featherweight title.

The event starts at 8:30 p.m. ET but with that many fights ahead of their bout, Stevenson vs. Harutyunyan will likely start at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET.

DAZN is carrying tonight’s WBC title fight stream and offers two subscription levels in the U.S. The monthly subscription is $19.99 on a 12-month contract or $24.99 for a month-to-month subscription. They also offer an annual subscription for $224.99.

Tonight’s fight will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The defending champion Stevenson will have a guaranteed purse of at least $1.5 million for tonight’s bout. He will also earn a larger share of the pay-per-view revenue. Harutyunyan is a bit lower at $400,000 guaranteed for the bout and a smaller pay-per-view share.

Stevenson weighed in at 134.1 pounds yesterday at weigh-ins.

Harutyunyan weighed in slightly heavier than Stevenson at 134.8 pounds.

  • O’Shaquie Foster (c, 22-2-0) vs. Robson Conceicao (18-2-1); WBC super featherweight title
  • Keyshawn Davis (10-0-0) vs. Miguel Madueno (31-2-0); lightweight
  • William Foster III (17-1-0) vs. Eridson Garcia (18-1-0); super featherweight
  • Kelvin Davis (12-0-0) vs. Kevin Johnson (12-3-0); welterweight
  • Abdullah Mason (13-0-0) vs. Luis Lebron (20-5-1); lightweight
  • Ali Feliz (2-0-0) vs. Robinson Perez (2-0-0); heavyweight
  • Keith Colon (debut) vs. Hunter Turbyfill (4-1-0); featherweight

Stevenson is 21-0-0 with 10 KOs in his professional career. He’s won title bouts at the featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight classes.

Harutyunyan is 12-1-0 with 7 KOs in his professional career. He’s won one title as a professional: the BDB International Super Lightweight title.

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