“I Am One of the Smartest Boxers”- Shakur Stevenson Channels His Inner Floyd Mayweather

Published 06/09/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 09: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Shakur Stevenson celebrates after defeating Felix Caraballo (not pictured) by TKO in the sixth round of their super featherweight bout at MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom on June 09, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


Undefeated pugilist Shakur Stevenson has clearly made a name for himself, as he continues to grow as a professional. However, several people often compare him with the great Floyd Mayweather, which thrills the 23-year-old boxer.

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Already a former featherweight champion, Stevenson has aimed at the 140 lbs belts in his next fight. Ahead of the fight, he opened up about the comparisons with Mayweather, revealing his similarities with the five-division world champion.

“I seen something, Floyd say that ‘I am not the fastest, I am not the strongest, but I am the smartest’. And that’s kinda fit me too. I am one of the smartest boxers in boxing. I like the comparison to Floyd but at the end of the day, I’m my own fighter,” said Shakur Stevenson.

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That said, he has been close to Floyd Mayweather and has had the chance to learn from the G.O.A.T. While Mayweather seemingly had his worst boxing performance on June 6 against Logan Paul in a SHOWTIME PPV, Stevenson will appear on June 12 in an Interim title clash. On bagging a win, the young puncher would advance himself towards becoming a two-weight-class world champion.

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It’s still early to compare ‘Fearless’ and ‘Money’. One has just begun his career, while the other has ended his on a brilliant note. Hence, Stevenson would have to walk a long path to attain a similar stature as Floyd Mayweather.

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However, he has already begun making big moves. Akin to ‘Money’, Shakur Stevenson, who is still undefeated in his career, has already held the world championship. As he continues to evolve as a prime pugilist, we might see the youngster turn into an all-time great ahead.

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Going forwards, Stevenson would have to continue expanding his reign. ‘Fearless’ may have to go to several other weight classes to attain the tag of an elite. He has already done so and will look to begin his ascent at junior welterweight.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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