Adam Lopez says he defeats Shakur Stevenson
As fighters of this era are prone to do, recently featherweight contender Adam “Blunose” Lopez (14-2, 6 KO’s) and former world featherweight champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (14-0, 8 KO’s) got into a testy back and forth via their Twitter accounts. Fearless was swift to insinuate that Lopez was not in his league, while Blunose countered that of the two he had the meatier resume.
WHO’S THE MAN?!
Several days later, while appearing on the ThaBoxingVoice, the hard-boiled Californian found himself quickly presented with questions about his Twitter episode with Stevenson. In response, he let it be known that he did not have any personal gripe with the New Jersey slugger. Yet, this is not to say that he back-tracked in any way because that was not the case.
Blunose explained that he saw great merit and talent in Stevenson. However, he simply believes himself to be the superior combatant.
“If you break it down from who I fought and who he fought, I think I’ve taken the tougher fights on. And I’ve rose to the occasion every single time. Shakur is a great fighter, I’m not making anything personal with him.”
“He’s a great fighter; I think that he has a lot of talent but I just feel like I can do a little bit of everything and I can do it at the right time. I just believe that I can beat him, I honestly believe I can beat him.”
A BUMPY ROAD
Lopez fought this past June 6 in his first bout since suffering a loss to former WBO world lightweight champion Oscar Valdez (27-0, 21 KO’s). The defeat to Valdez, the second of his professional career, took place on November 30, 2019.
While he was not happy about it, nor his December 8, 2017 loss to Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton (18-0, 8 KO’s), Blunose was not broken up by them either. He understood that he was taking a risk facing such stiff competition, but was intrigued and attracted to the challenge. Yet, he regards the blemishes as growing pains and lessons rather than scars or set-backs.
I GOT THE JUICE
Adam Lopez would love to mix it up with Stevenson. If given a choice however, he openly admits it would not be in his next fight.
“Something to stay busy for the rest of the year. Then next year I want [Michael ] Conlan, I forgot [former WBO junior featherweight world champion Emanuel] Navaratte is coming up, that’s be a good one. And eventually, late in the year Shakur.
“…I don’t know if I can knock him out but I definitely would have to make it ugly and break him down. I do believe that I have what it takes to beat Shakur.”
By: Bakari Simpson