Shakur Stevenson Hits Back at Critics, Says “I Know My Capabilities”

Published 06/09/2021, 11:30 AM EDT


Among all the astonishing young guns of boxing, Shakur Stevenson has made a place of his own. His prolific skill sets, ring IQ, and overall ability to tackle his opponents separates him from the rest. This is predominantly why he’s attracted mammoth attention and fame in the initial bouts of his boxing career.

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But with the colossal fame, there comes a lot of criticism too, regardless of the achievements. And Stevenson fairly knows how to handle the same.

In his recent interaction with Top Rank Boxing, he said, “People think that when I say certain stuff like that, I’m just saying it. But I mean every bit of it. Like I know my capabilities, I’ve been in the ring with the best of the best.”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Shakur Stevenson poses during the weigh-in for his featherweights fight against Christopher Diaz of Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Stevenson is one highly active fighter. Ever since he turned a professional in 2017, ‘Fearless’ has tried everything to stay relevant in the game. Furthermore, he’s locked horns with some ferocious opponents and has even tested himself in deep waters against them.

In his last fight, the 23-year-old fought and beat Toka Clary to improve his immaculate track record to 15 wins. Moving further, he will now contend with Jeremiah Nakathila this Saturday. The pair will go all out against each other for the WBO interim super-featherweight title.

Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila – What can the fans expect?

On Saturday night, ‘Fearless’ will get his first chance to fight for any title at the 130-pound weight class. That said, this bout can make or break the young force’s stint at this roster.

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On the other hand, his adversary, Nakathila, will be equally eager to claim the interim title. Considering that, both the fighters will undoubtedly bring in their A-game for this high-voltage 12-round war. Hence, fans can only expect a fierce tussle between the two.

Who do you think will win? What do you make of Stevenson’s comments ahead of his title fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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