Shakur Stevenson Challenges MMA Fighters To “Get In The Ring”Ahead Of Edwin De Los Santos Fight

Published 11/08/2023, 10:04 PM EST

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In the marquee fight that took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury managed to secure a split decision victory over former UFC fighter Francis Ngannou. Despite losing, the 37-year-old Ngannou made a profound impact when he dropped Fury in the third round with an unexpected left hook. However, the results were controversial as the judges’ scorecards put forward a stark contrast of opinions.

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Only one judge sided with Ngannou at 95-94, while the other two had their decision in favor of Fury at 96-93 and 95-94. Notably, Fury’s WBC heavyweight belt wasn’t on the line in this enthralling showdown. After this bout, Shakur Stevenson also talked about indulging in a crossover fight, and how the results would be different than Fury-Ngannou.

Shakur Stevenson challenges the MMA fighters

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In his recent appearance on Bootleg Kev, Shakur Stevenson interrupted the host in between to talk about how he wants the MMA fighters, who are close to his weight class, to get in the ring with him. So that, he can show the true might of boxing. He said, “I would love for y’all to jump in the ring with me and try me out.” To this, DJ Bootleg Kev took the name of Conor McGregor.

It didn’t faze Stevenson one bit. He said, “Try me out, any of them. I don’t care which one it is.” After this, Kev again tried to test the claims of Stevenson and mentioned Colby Covington who’s about to go against Leon Edwards next month. But Stevenson was ready for it, he stated, “Whoever it is, that’s close to my weight, I would love for them to get in the ring and try me out.

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The rising boxing star only had one thing in mind, he wanted them to try him out inside the squared circle where he could prove them wrong. Currently, he’s preparing for his fight against Edwin De Los Santos, to grab the vacant WBC Lightweight title.

Stevenson is on his way to become a 3-division champion

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In the spotlight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 16, Shakur Stevenson will be looking forward to securing the vacant WBC lightweight title. He will challenge the formidable Dominican puncher, Edwin De Los Santos, in the pursuit to become a  three-weight division champion. Edwin De Los Santos, known for his pressure-fighting style and an impressive record of 16 wins with 14 KOs, aims to seize the opportunity by taking Shakur out swiftly.

However, Shakur Stevenson’s path to success lies in deftly using De Los Santos’s aggressiveness to his advantage. Evading his strikes and then expertly launching counterattacks. Although, many are in favor of Stevenson, a super featherweight boxer William Foster III believes De Los Santos also has a good chance of winning against him. He said, “I think that he has a legit chance to win.

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He also said if Stevenson can withstand the punches of De Los Santos, it’d get easier for him to face Gervonta Davis in the future. So this may not be the one-sided matchup that some people are expecting it to be. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments section.

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Chirag Radhyan

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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