Shakur Stevenson locked in on facing IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington
Shakur Stevenson is determined to get his hands on IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington.
The 2016 Olympic silver medalist returns January 18 against Jessie Cris Rosales. However, he hopes to get a crack at the IBF champion soon.
As the rankings stand, Stevenson is just outside the top ten (#11) with the IBF organization.
Stevenson, (9-0, 5KOs) is one of boxing’s brightest young prospects. Evidenced by all the attention he received coming out of the amateurs by the bigger entities within the sport.
Warrington (26-0, 8KOs) is now a much experienced champion who has recorded wins over two of the best men at featherweight in his last two fights.
The Young Prospect Speaks
“I’m feening for my [first] title shot to be against Josh Warrington in the U.K. I just watched him fight Carl Frampton and I’m feening so bad. I respect him and I think he’s a great champion.
I ain’t just saying that because I see flaws. I’m saying that because he’s tough. It’s not going to be an easy fight at all for anybody in that division, no matter who,” said Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey.
“He’s [Warrington] really like a sleeper, and most people will sleep on him and look at him like they can beat him. You look at him and you’re like, ‘I’ll dog this dude.’ But he’s real busy and while you’re throwing one or two punches, he’s throwing six.
I think he’s a great fighter, but I’m feening for that opportunity because I know that if ya’ll put him in front of me in England for a world title I will love every bit of that experience and I’m going to be able to showcase who I really am.”
While I love the enthusiasm from Stevenson, a matchup at this point with Warrington seems too far-fetched.
Once Stevenson gains more experience against better fighters, a match-up down the line between will be more feasible.
By: Jerrell Fletcher