Shakur Stevenson takes shots at trainer James “Buddy” McGirt
In his last fight, on December 12, 2020, “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (15-0, 8 KO’s) defeated Toka “T-Nice” Clary (28-3, 19 KO’s). The completely one-sided win marked the super featherweight’s fifteenth professional victory. For ten rounds, Fearless stalked and relentlessly chopped-up Clary like camp counselors at Crystal Lake. Fresh off that showing, Stevenson is looking for all the smoke. Apparently, that includes trainers too!
Obviously, Stevenson did not take kindly to some comments from former fighter and chief second James “Buddy” McGirt. McGirt is also the head coach of featherweight boxer Adam “Blunose” Lopez (14-2, 6 KO’s). Let Buddy tell it, not only does Lopez have the physical tools, he has the perfect game plan to do Fearless in.
“[would you take a Lopez v Stevenson fight?] In a heartbeat! At 126 or 130, or 130…Listen, I’ve known Shakur a long time, I know what it takes to beat him!”
GIVE EM BOTH BARRELS!
Lopez has already lost his two step-up fights against Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton (18-0, 8 KO’s) and then later to Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KO’s). For this reason alone, Stevenson would be heavily viewed as the favorite. Yet, rather than dissect his fighter, the New Jersey native targeted the man on the mic. In a handful of tweets, Stevenson poked fun at the numerous losses that McGirt’s fighters have accumulated.
Not stopping there, Stevenson broadcast his feeling that Buddy was actually nothing special. To him, he was an average coach at best and easily replaced with a local trainer from Any City, USA. Pretty harsh stuff!
DON’T GET EXCITED
In the end, it is unlikely that a Stevenson v Lopez prizefight would even take place. First and foremost, they are not in the same division. Sure Lopez could move up, as Buddy offered, but this still does not help Stevenson. Similar to WBC world lightweight champion Devin Haney (25-0, 15 KO’s), Fearless is still searching for his breakout marquee win, and ‘beating a guy coming up,’ with two losses, will not provide the glory he is looking for.
Stevenson has already been very vocal about his desire to dance with WBC world super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KO’s). Yet the fight he wants most would be against the winner between WBO world super featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring (22-2, 10 KO’s) and Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (28-2, 16 KO’s). Unfortunately for Fearless, the two have yet to declare a fight date.
So, perhaps Blunose may get that action that he is looking for in the meantime. Yet, the smart money is on this remaining just another session of social media trash talk.
By: Bakari Simpson