Josh Warrington on Shakur Stevenson: “I want to fight him sooner rather than later”
IBF featherweight champion Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington (30-0, 7KOs) is ready to fight to WBO champion Shakur “Fearless” Stevenson (13-0, 7KOs) sooner rather than later.
The two have been linked for the past year and even had negotiations for a unification bout. However, they were unable to agree to terms. Needless to say, Warrington still craves a fight with the Jersey born Stevenson.
He went in depth in an interview with Sky Sports Boxing about Stevenson and their possible unification clash.
ON FIGHTING STEVENSON NOW RATHER THAN LATER
“I don’t worry about him getting better and better, you know. I want the best Shakur Stevenson. Is he the best Shakur Stevenson at this moment and time? Who knows? Some people peak early. I think you may be right with what you’re saying, as his career goes on and he gets better and better.
But he’s also a big featherweight, but more than anything I want to fight him sooner rather than later not because I’m worried about him and what he can do and him improving. But the fact is, he’s already mentioned it himself he wants to move up throughout the divisions. Like I say, he’s a big featherweight. So does that indicate he’s struggling? As he gets older, he’s going to have to move up anyway.”
The Leeds fighter is known for his outstanding stamina, endurance and pressure. He pushes on his opponents the daunting task of fighting his style of fight. Just ask Lee Selby and Carl Frampton.
So while it’s clear both men want the fight, whatever sticking points that prevented negotiations from being completed will have to be ironed out. Hopefully both sides can do just that and give these fighters the fight they want and the fans an intriguing clash of styles battle.
By: Jerrell Fletcher