Shakur Stevenson Has An Ominous Message For Vasiliy Lomachenko
Shakur Stevenson(14-0, 8 KOs) is one of the more talented young fighters in the sport. The 23-year-old southpaw from Newark, New Jersey returns to the ring on December 12 to face Toka Kahn Clary (28-2, 19 KOs). The bout will take place at the MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas live on ESPN.
The 23-year-old from Newark, New Jersey is a former WBO World Featherweight champion who has moved up to the junior lightweight division with eyes on winning a world title at 130-pounds. He is currently the #1 contender at 130 by the WBO and mandated to fight the winner of the upcoming fight between current WBO World Junior Lightweight champion Jamel Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) and Carl Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) at some point in 2021.
During an appearance on the Morning Kombat YouTube show, Stevenson told co-host Brian Campbell that he understands he is in line for the WBO belt. However, he at some point would love to face WBC World Junior Lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KOs), a man he cheekily called “the big, bad killer of the division”.
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The young man also mentioned Vasiliy Lomanchenko (14-2, 10 KOs). Although, he claims that bout would not be a good one for the former three-division world champion who was once called the best Pound-4-Pound fighter in the sport. Stevenson considers himself the man at junior lightweight and warns Lomachenko not to step in his direction.
“130 is my weight class, and I just feel like if he comes down here, he’s gonna get something that he don’t want. He shouldn’t do that. I’m gonna give him a fair warning that he shouldn’t do that, that’s all.
I feel like if me and Lomachenko fight, I think I’d beat him worse than Teofimo (Lopez). And not saying anything against Teofimo, he put in a dominant performance. I just feel like I’d win every round. It’d be hard for him to win any rounds.”
Well, you can not say that the young man lacks confidence. If pure ability and talent is any indication, Stevenson can fight with anyone from 126-135 pounds. Both he and Lomachenko happen to be under the Top Rank banner. So, you could see Stevenson and Lomachenko fight at some point down the road. But before even thinking about his goal at 130, or how he fares against Lomachenko, he must handle his business against one Mr. Clary.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.