Shakur Stevenson vs. Toka Kahn Clary: Fight prediction, card, odds, start time, how to watch, undercard

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The rising star Stevenson will look to get some experience opposite the southpaw Clary on Saturday night in Las Vegas
Saturday night inside Top Rank Boxing's Las Vegas bubble, Shakur Stevenson will face off with Toka Kahn Clary in a junior lightweight main event (10 p.m. ET, ESPN). The fight was put together on short notice with Top Rank looking to fill a main-event void left when Miguel Berchelt was forced out of his junior lightweight title defense against Oscar Valdez due to a positive COVID-19 test.

The situation could have led to a showdown between Stevenson and Valdez, but Valdez chose to wait for his title shot and avoid risking his status as a title contender by taking on a rising and talented star in Stevenson (14-0, 8 KO). That left an opening for Clary (28-2, 19 KO) to step in and attempt to derail the 23-year-old former featherweight champion's attempt to strike gold in a second division.

Clary is the B-side in the fight, of course, and Top Rank's Bob Arum is not engaging in promoter-speak to try and sell the fight as competitive. Instead, watching Stevenson ply his trade is the attraction.

"No, he's got no chance," Arum told BadLeftHook.com of Clary's odds in the fight. "But I don't think anybody has a chance against him. I don't think he gets tested until he goes to 135 pounds, where Teofimo Lopez is."

While the idea of Stevenson vs. Lopez seems far-fetched, with Lopez likely growing out of the 135-pound division before Stevenson arrives, there are still some huge fights on the horizon for Stevenson -- many of which feature southpaw opponents. That's where Clary brings extra value to the fight with Stevenson, providing the…
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