Ryan Garcia Advises Humility to Shakur Stevenson
After last gloving up to face Edwin De Los Santos, two-division champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (21-0, 10 KO’s) turned in one tortuously boring performance. As a result, given how loudly he proclaims to be the finest boxer on the planet, it was only natural for industry heads to air their opinions. Among this tidal wave of criticism and backlash, lightweight contender “King” Ryan Garcia (23-1, 19 KO’s) took his shots.
Even better, in this instance Stevenson provided a bit of resistance.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT?
On the surface, Stevenson versus Garcia is a solid boxing match-up and should be a good seller in the marketplace. Well, that was before the De Los Santos debacle. In the wake of the sleep-inducing contest, it’s extremely hard to believe anything outside of Stevenson having made himself a very hard sell.
Of course, he can redeem himself and go on to do more big things. For his very next fight however, Fearless might be back to the “show and prove” stage. No matter who he faces, the question will be: is he going to fight or slip on those world class roller skates and slide around the ring all night?
FANTASY FIGHT FOR NOW
Even though, technically speaking, Garcia versus Stevenson is a good match-up, it’s very unlikely to take place. To begin, King Ry resides at super lightweight whereas Fearless has set up shop at lightweight. At the current time, it doesn’t appear that either will easily shift divisions. This complication in weight is only compounded by the fact that Garcia and Stevenson have a tangible disdain for one another.
So, while this is a fun verbal spat, weight, beef and financial risk should all but guarantee that this particular prizefight is not announced anytime soon. That shouldn’t stop these two fighters from chucking verbal dukes via social media though. So, let’s see what does, or doesn’t, heat up over the next several days and weeks.