Shakur Stevenson aiming for unification after July 13 return!
Undefeated WBO featherweight contender Shakur Stevenson has a message for the rest of the division while making future plans.
3kingsboxing reported earlier about his upcoming bout against Cuban boxer Hairon Socarras.
However, the always-confident southpaw boxer took time out after the press conference to promote the homecoming fight to answer some questions.
The Newark native was asked about which champion he most likely would fight. Along with answering the question, he added why it may not happen.
“Oscar Valdez. Honestly, I heard Valdez is gonna move up. Then probably me and [Carl] Frampton can square off. I’m fine with that.”
Stevenson would further elaborate about his thoughts on the former two-division champion.
“If I was him [Frampton], I won’t get in the ring with me at all. No disrespect to him. He was a great fighter when he had his moment, but his moment is over now and he’s a small featherweight.
“I wouldn’t get in the ring with me at all.”
Looking forward, the 2016 silver medalist would provide some insight about his hopeful future plans.
“My plan, what I want? Specifically, I want to win that WBO belt that Oscar got, and then I would rather unify with [Josh] Warrington.”
“That would be perfect for me. We could go to England and unify the belts. That would be fun for me. I think Warrington is gonna beat him [Kid Galahad].”
This is a reference to the upcoming title defense between IBF champion Warrington and challenger Kid Galahad. It’s worth noting that Queensbury Promotions CEO Frank Warren represents Warrington.
They have a co-promotional deal in place with Top Rank/ESPN and this would provide a smooth transition when attempting to make the fight. Should Galahad be victorious, this would not deter a unification from taking place given recent news of Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum working together to make a big fight.
This proves that both entities can come together and work out a deal to make big fights.
The featherweight division is long overdue for a unification match-up. This is why fans should be excited and hopeful things go according to plan.
By: Garrisson Bland