Jamel Herring will face Shakur Stevenson in Saturday's main event on a Top Rank card at the State Farm Arena, Atlanta (ESPN and ESPN+, 10:30 p.m. ET. Undercard fights will take place at 7:25 p.m. ET. ET on ESPN+).
Herring (23-2-1, 11 KOs), 35 will defend his WBO junior lightweight title, which he won against Masayuki Ito in 2019. After capturing the WBO featherweight title in 2019, Stevenson (16-0-8 KOs) will attempt to be a two-division champion.
You can also view live undercard results and analysis here.
Round 1: Shakur Stephenson had complete control of his lead hand. It landed flush on the champion several times. The champion, however, sat tentatively at the end. Shakur connected with an impressive 1-2 and fought much more aggressively than usual for at least one round. 10-9, Stevenson.
After an uninspired win last month in junior middleweight, Xander Zayas was unbeaten with a fourth round TKO of Dan Karpency at the ESPN co-feature.
Karpency was not present for Round 5, as he is the brother of Tommy Karpency who was a former title challenger.
Zayas (11-0-8 KOs) dominated Karpency in a mismatch that was meant to show off the 19-year old's talents. Zayas, an offensive fighter who can put together combinations and change levels to the head and body, is already a prodigious one. The Puerto Rican fighter was ranked as No. 19.
On his way to the prospect of being named Prospect of the Year, he could be back in New York Dec. 11.
Zayas stated, "I stopped a man who was never stopped for eight years." "I just want the best."
Karpency (9-4-1 and 4 KOs), a Pennsylvanian 30-year-old, has lost two fights in succession.
Ali Walsh wins, Westley is stopped in Round 3.
Right, middleweight Nico Ali Walsh won a third round KO over James Westley II to remain unbeaten. Brandon Magnus/Getty Images
In his second professional fight, Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali II, stopped James Westley II in the third round.
Ali Walsh (2-0-2, 2KOs) knocked Westley down with a stiff right-hand in round 2. He then scored another knockdown during round 3. Westley won the count once more, but Ali Walsh (2-0, 2 KOs) dropped Westley with a stiff right hand in the second round. His corner then came to the apron and stopped the fight.
Ali Walsh, 21 years old, is from Las Vegas. He made his pro debut in August, with a first-roundKO. CompuBox reports that he beat Westley 42-20.
Ali Walsh stated after the fight, "I know that the crowd was excited to see him land a punch but I didn't feel the punch." "Maybe it's my energy, my adrenaline but I owe him and his team my hats.
"I feel blessed to be following the legacy of my grandfather. This legacy is something I cherish and I am continuing it."
Westley, a 36-year old from Toledo, Ohio was also fighting for the second pro fight.
Holyfield defeats Stanford in Round 2, to remain unbeaten
Evan Holyfield is the son of Evander Holyfield who was a former heavyweight champion. He scored his largest win with a highlight-reel knockout of Charles Stanford in Round 2.
Holyfield (8-0; 5 KOs), from Atlanta, Georgia, connected flush. He used a left hook and followed it with a right cross. Stanford was then spread flat on the canvas. After a while, he finally made it to his feet. At 30 seconds into the second round, the ref counted 10.
Holyfield (6-4, 3KOs) from Cincinnati saw Stanford push on the ropes. He let his hands go wild but missed his shots and left himself open for counterpunching.
The elder Holyfield spoke highly of his son, who turned 24 on Saturday. "I know he's talented, but it's beautiful every time."
In the first round, Isley defeats Navarro
Troy Isley (right) needed just one round to beat Nicholi Navarro via KO. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images
Troy Isley won a first-round KO over Nichols Navarro, his middleweight opponent in his pro debut since representing the United States at Tokyo's Olympics.
Isley (3-1, 2 KOs), dominated his opponent with a barrage punches starting at the first bell. Navarro (2-2, 2 KOs), was not interested in the punishment and turned his face away from Isley, who continued to give him a beating. Finally, Navarro (37-year-old Denverite) fell on the ground as the referee waved it off at 2 hours 48.
Isley, a 23 year-old Alexandria native, was defeated in round 16.
Livsey upset by Palmer in split decision win
Eric Palmer, a former boxer who had a losing record, gave Roddricus Livsey, Roddricus' hometown favorite, his first professional defeat.
One judge scored the bout in favor Livsey at 59-55. However, two tallies of 56-56 were able to overrule that score.
Palmer (13-5, 1KO) put pressure on Livsey. He was able time him using overhand rights. The 30-year-old Pennsylvanian was just coming off a loss by TKO in August.
38-year-old Livsey (7-1-1, 5KOs), was fighting his fourth fight this year.
Brady beat Negrete to win the decision
Right, Welterweight Haven Brady Jr. won a decision against Roberto Negrete. Brandon Magnus/Getty Images
Haven Brady Jr. was tested in his fourth professional fight. He ate plenty from Roberto Negrete's right hand, but all judges gave Brady a shutout (40-36).
The Georgian 19-year-old featherweight tried to beat Negrete (3-1-1, 1KO) from the outside, while Negrete, a native of Corpus Christi (Texas), applied constant pressure. Brady (4-1, 3 KOs), was effective with his jab. Negrete (22) seemed to land cleaner and harder shots.
Cobb is KO of year candidate for Campbell
Antoine Cobb made his professional debut with a stunning knockout of Jerrion Camp.
Cobb, 25 years old, from Chicago, Illinois unleashed an overhand right, sending his foe sprawled out on the canvas with his head resting against the bottom rope. The stoppage took 58 seconds.
Campbell (2-2, 0KOs) was stopped by the referee for his first professional fight. The native German of 29 years old has lost two consecutive fights.
Mederos wins, but doesn't shine
Right, lightweight Harley Mederos won a decision win over Deljerro Revelello. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images
Deljerro Revelo defeated Harley Mederos in a unanimous decision after four rounds. This was to kick off the Herring Stevenson undercard.
The fight was deemed a complete shutout by all three judges, scoring it a 40-35 victory. Although the lightweight prospect was knocked down in the first round, he failed to impress in his second professional fight. Mederos, a 21-year-old Brooklyn native, was recklessly head-hunted throughout the fight, but he surely gained valuable experience.
Mederos (1 KO, 2-0) won a TKO in the first round of his pro debut in August. Although the fight was expected to be fast, Mederos made little adjustments once it became clear that he was not going to score a KO.
Revello (0-2), a Colorado-born 25-year-old, was eliminated in his pro debut in July.