Shakur Stevenson Believes Frank Martin Dodged a Loss
Two-divisional champion Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson (20-0, 10KO) has seen numerous fighters shy away from facing him. The latest fighter to decline a fight is top lightweight contender Frank “The Ghost” Martin (18-0, 12KO). Fearless believes one of the reasons why Martin turned down the fight was to avoid taking a loss.
The boxing public witnessed this drama unfold live on social media. After reaching an agreement to fight The Ghost for the vacant WBC title, Stevenson later took to Twitter, referring to Martin as a duck for turning down the fight.
WHY DID HE TURN DOWN THE FIGHT?
There is speculation within certain boxing circles that Martin walked away because of a possible bigger fight on the horizon. While speaking on The Last Stand, Fearless said Martin likely wants more money to risk suffering a defeat.
“I think that deep down inside, he knows that I’m one of the best fighters in boxing. Like I said, I don’t think he wanted to lose. I think that when it came down to it, if he was going to take an L, he wants to make ten times more than he ever made in his career.”
Stevenson didn’t have to search long for an opponent, as rumors suggest he will face WBC #6 ranked Edwin De Los Santos. With Martin out of the picture and Vasyl Lomachenko, Isaac Cruz, and William Zepeda not showing interest, De Los Santos appears to be next in line.
The two-divisional champion aims to take on the bigger names in his division. If unified champion Devin Haney relinquishes all the belts and Stevenson secures the WBC title, it could open the door for some of those marquee matchups to materialize.