Teofimo Lopez On Stevenson Exiting Top Rank: “Good Riddance”

Lopez Believes Stevenson Has Overestimated his Value

Teofimo Lopez is happy to see Shakur Stevenson depart Top Rank
Teofimo Lopez bids Shakur Stevenson good riddance after Top Rank exit (credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

Teofimo Lopez Slams Shakur Stevenson on the Way Out

WBO junior welterweight champion “The Takeover” Teofimo Lopez (21-1, 13KO) isn’t sad to see former Top Rank stablemate Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson (22-0, 10KO) depart the brand.

When Fearless left the ring after defeating Artem Harutyunyan on July 6, he officially became a free agent as his contract with Top Rank ended. In addition, he reportedly turned down a 5-fight, $15 million deal, believing his value was higher.


Lopez is no stranger to having issues with Stevenson. While speaking with the media alongside Shane Mosley Jr. following his win over Daniel Jacobs, The Takeover used the opportunity to kick the man on the way out the door.

“Ain’t nobody watching that shit.”

“It’s his last fight with Top Rank, so good riddance.”

When asked about his thoughts on the WBC lightweight champion’s value as a fighter, Lopez was very candid with his response.

“Do what they give me – two million dollars. That’s where his value is at. My value should be on the opposite end. But, he got a great management team . . . but they pay me great value.”


Although what Lopez said was harsh, several pundits and fans feel the same way. Stevenson is in a tough spot because his fighting style isn’t appealing to fans. He has been hit with the ‘boring fighter’ tag, as sometimes he can be too defensive, resulting in lackluster performances. This was the case with the fight against Edwin De Los Santos.

Even in the fight against Harutyunyan, the belief from pundits is that Stevenson should have done more, especially knowing another major promotional company needed a reason to sign him.

Nonetheless, he must find a home to remain in the public eye and hopefully land a big fight.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."