American boxer Rashid Stevens made a successful start to his professional boxing career last Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he scored an easy victory over Jamaica’s Camion Goldson in the penultimate round of the preliminaries of the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 competition. Judges Lindell Allen and Peter Richards voted 49-46 for Stevens, while judge Owen Nelson scored it 50-45. Stevens was the second boxer from the USA team to make it to the next round and joins Demarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley in the mix. Boxers from the Caribbean team have won the other five places in the quarter finals that have been competed for to date. The preliminaries will end next week. Stevens came to fight, but Goldson seemed overwhelmed by the occasion because he, too, was making his professional debut. He forgot that to win a fight, the most important thing is to score points with punches to the target area. He did not do so enough and therefore lost the fight. Stevens started out quickly and showed good ring sense. Fighting from a south-paw stance, he moved a lot and scored with flurries to body and head. He made it difficult for Goldson to land any punches, and the Jamaican was not creative enough to find a way in. In the second round, Goldson was able to shorten the range and landed some good shots to the body of his opponent. There were some good exchanges in this round, and Goldson finished in a very positive way to take the honours. It turned out to be the only round that he would win. By the third round, a very confident and poised Stevens took control of the fight and scored with quick flurries to the head and body. His combinations were good, and Goldson just could not manage to launch a sustained attack. Stevens kept building momentum and cruised through the next two rounds comfortably as a somewhat bewildered Goldson could simply find no answers. It turned out to be as one-sided affair as the scores showed. After next week’s bout, the boxers will be seeded and the top four will select their opponents by using a draw. There should be some interesting matches in the next round as the boxers fight for the places that will earn them the major prize money. The winner will take home the Contender 2016 title and $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000.
1 Juventus are hoping to beat Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you last week about the Premier League pair’s interest in the Argentina international, who has scored over 20 goals for the second season in a row.Arsenal have been chasing the 27-year-old since the summer of 2013, while Manchester United are alert to the possibility they might need to replace both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.However, according to Sky Sport Italia, Juventus are hoping to win the race for Higuain’s signature.The former Real Madrid man is reportedly willing to leave Napoli after two years at the club as Rafael Benitez’s side look set to miss out on Champions League qualification.Juventus, who are also aware of interest in their other star hitman Carlos Tevez, have been linked with several strikers already, including Palermo’s Paulo Dybala and Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani. Gonzalo Higuain in action for Napoli