Stevenson On Warrington vs Xu: “I Have No Choice But To Go To 130!”

Shakur Stevenson Is Done Chasing Josh Warrington!

Shakur Stevenson, Josh Warrington and Xu Can
From left to bottom right: Shakur Stevenson, Josh Warrington and Xu Can.

Shakur Stevenson talks about moving on from Josh Warrington!

After months of calling him out, WBO featherweight champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (13-0, 7 KO’s) is giving up his pursuit of IBF featherweight champion Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington (30-0, 7 KO’s).

Stevenson has openly chased this fight and even captured a belt as Warrington requested. However, even with the WBO strap it appears that the IBF champ was not sufficiently enticed to tangle with Fearless.


As could only be assumed, Stevenson was disappointed that he did not get the nod when Team Warrington selected their next in-ring assignment. As he told to IFL TV, he felt that he was the perfect next out for the Leeds Warrior.

“I was hoping that now that he was with Eddie Hearn that they would be smarter and make the best decision as far as who he fight. I’m a top guy, I ain’t got no interim title like Xu Can.

“I ain’t got two losses! I got zero losses! I’m undefeated, young, hungry!

“I thought that would be like a no-brainer. Me and him have been in talks and all the fans wanted to see that fight. Like that was the fight that all the fans kept talking about.

“I thought that was a no-brainer but now I keep hearing this Xu Can and even Eddie Hearn said it on live with him so I think I ain’t go no choice but to go to 130.”


The situation has proven to be rather frustrating for Stevenson who was willing to do just about anything to make the fight a reality. Although it can be a daunting task for fighters, Fearless was very vocal about his willingness to stage the bout in Warrington’s on UK backyard.

Nevertheless, Team Warrington was still not willing to agree to dance.

“Yes, I was willing to come to the UK still. I was willing to fight in March and then come right back in May if that’s what I had to do. Come right back in May or June, I was willing to work with him.

“I just didn’t want to wait all the way until May to fight when it’s like I fought in October. That’d be like a real long time since my last fight, so.”

If he was not able to obtain the Warrington bout Stevenson has consistently said that he would move to 130 and now that appears to be the case. So now we’ll just have to sit tight and see what notable name Shakur Stevenson can make a big splash with in the new division.

By:Bakari Simpson

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