The former featherweight stalwart, Shakur Stevenson moved up to 130 pounds last year to take on some real challenges in the sport. But so far, he hasn’t struck the right chord to finalize a worthy opponent for his move up.
Recently, Stevenson expressed his frustration pertaining to the same on Twitter. He wrote, “I be doing everything in power to get these bigger name guys in the ring. All seriousness I’m the real boogeyman in the sport of Boxing. Let’s be real what big-name fighter even mentioning my name at or around my weight?”
The ‘Fearless‘ won the WBO featherweight title in 2019 by beating Joet Gonzalez. He held the title until June 2020, when he moved up to compete at the super-featherweight division. Until now he has fought twice in the 130-pound division and won both of them.
His last win came in against Toka Clary by a unanimous decision.
Stevenson debuted in the sport in 2017 and within no time, he stormed into the top of the featherweight division. He has his eyes keenly set on the super-featherweight strap, but for now, he will have to persevere to secure an opponent for his third super-featherweight fight.
Ever since his last win, the ‘Fearless’ has expressed his interest in fighting the winner of Carl Frampton and Jamel Herring. The duo will fight for the WBO super-featherweight title on February 27. There are high possibilities of Stevenson taking on the winner of this fight as he’s backed with substantial wins and an impressive track record in the sport.
His promoter, Bob Arum, even hinted at his move to the 135-pound division by the end of 2021.
The 23-year-old will look forward to solidifying his place in his current division for now. Once he gets his hands on the ultimate title, he will unquestionably move up in order to fight some sturdy contenders in the stacked lightweight division.
For now, he will wait and watch the outcome of the February 27 bout between Frampton and Herring. Post that he’ll be in contention to box against either of them for the WBO gold.
What do you make of Stevenson’s statements? Should he wait for a title fight at 130-pounds or move up to 135?