Shakur Stevenson: “I Really Want A Leo Santa Cruz Fight’

Stevenson Talks Tank and Cruz

Shakur Stevenson (left), Leo Santa Cruz
Shakur Stevenson (left), Leo Santa Cruz

Stevenson Talks Tank and Cruz

In feisty rebellion of the forced standstill that COVID-19 has thrust upon the world, WBO world featherweight champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (13-0, 7 KO’s) is determined to propel his career forward. It’s also his belief that any further pursuit of a showdown with Josh Warrington would only prove to be a fool’s errand.

When thinking about his potential options on the super featherweight landscape, Stevenson realizes that they are plentiful. However, out of all the names he could say, there are two that shine higher and brighter than the rest.


The trouble is, the fighters that he craves the most, WBA world lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KO’s) and WBA super world super featherweight champion Leo Santa “El Terremoto” Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KO’s) are presently negotiating a fight with each other. However, if for some reason the Davis v Cruz bout fell apart, Fearless would jump at the chance to square-up with either competitor.

“If Tank don’t get the Santa Cruz fight, that’s the main fight that I wanted at 130. That’s a fight I really want bad! If Tank don’t end up getting the Santa Cruz fight, maybe Bob and Al could work together again and create some kind of Shakur versus Santa Cruz and make it a big fight. I respect him as a champion too, so if that’s the case I’d go to LA where all his Mexican fans at and I’ll go beat him up right there. But that’s just a hope if he don’t fight Tank.”

“The only thing with Tank, see I actually been on the game with Tank too. We been on the game and stuff together, but the only thing with that is can he really make the weight again at 130? Like I know he could probably make 135 for sure, but can he make 130 to go fight Leo Santa Cruz? That’s really my question because it’s like he is 135 now. His last fight at 135, it was a little struggle to get to 135. So the question is can he make 130 again and if he can’t, then hopefully I can get that Santa Cruz fight.”

As it stands now, either of these two potential fights would make for great in the ring action! So let’s just sit back and see how this unravels and who Stevenson can secure a prizefight with next.

By: Bakari Simpson

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