Stevenson: “De La Hoya I Still Haven’t Heard About Zepeda!”

Stevenson Expresses Doubts on Facing Zepeda

Shakur Stevenson waiting to hear from Oscar De La Hoya on facing William Zepeda
Shakur Stevenson calls out Oscar De La Hoya and William Zepeda (credit: Mikey Williams)

Shakur Stevenson Questions Oscar De La Hoya on William Zepeda

For the time being, we know that WBC lightweight champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (21-0, 10 KO’s) will be fighting this July 6. Now against whom, well that is still a mystery. Fearless has patrolled his social media outlets calling out fighters and expressing his need for an opponent. In one of his most recent posts, Stevenson took the time to call out William “Camaron” Zepeda (30-0, 26 KO’s).


Zepeda is certainly shining after stopping his latest in-ring foe, Maxi Hughes, this past March 16. In that encounter, Zepeda launched a nasty body attack that chewed away on Hughes guts like a malignant cancer. Hughes withheld the corrosive assault for several rounds before retiring on his stool following four periods of pain. It was a confidence boosting win for Camaron and a great addition to his highlight reel. And somewhere in the world, Shakur Stevenson was watching.

For quite some time now, Stevenson has had more trouble finding a name brand opponent than Bill Murray did escaping Groundhogs Day. Fearless first had a harsh door immediately slammed in his face when pursuing bouts with Vasiliy Lomachenko and George Kambosos. Then he flubbed the opportunities to face Frank Martin and Devin Haney, which was also a shot at undisputed.

More recently he jumped on a Ryan Garcia live feed to nail down a dance date. After first snubbing #4 (WBA) ranked Floyd Schofield and attempting to redirect him to Abdullah Mason, Stevenson has doubled back and is looking to mix it with the young gun. Yet, in an effort to cast a wide net, the New Jersey native is now calling Zepeda, ranked #1 (WBC), #1 (WBA), #3 (WBO) and #6 (IBF), to the field of battle.


Only time will tell if Shakur Stevenson gets any of the fights that he wants; the road, of late, certainly has been rocky. No matter who his next opponent turns out to be, there is no doubt that Stevenson better look spectacular in his next duel! In the meantime, stick close to 3Kings Boxing for all things related to the sweet science.

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