Shakur Stevenson Issues an Apology After an Unsatisfying Performance: “ I Didn’t Feel Good Tonight”

Published 06/13/2021, 12:47 AM EDT
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – May 25: Team USA boxer Shakur Stevenson hits the bag during a demonstration at the U.S. Olympic Training Center May 25, 2016. Stevenson had sensors in his gloves that contained 3-d accelerometers and 3-d gyroscopes that measured frequency, force and effort exerted. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Undefeated American Shakur Stevenson is the self-proclaimed ‘Boogey-man’ of the lighter weight classes in boxing. However, the new WBO interim super-featherweight champion could not show this in his most recent fight despite the dominant victory.

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Stevenson took on Jeremiah Nakathila as the main event of an exciting card. And throughout the build-up of the event, Stevenson said he would make light work of Nakathila and prove why he deserves to be on the biggest stage. However, he has now apologized for his performance.

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The 16-0 boxer took to his Twitter to address his lackluster performance on the night. ‘Fearless’ apologized by writing, “I apologize to all my fans I didn’t feel good tonight but I did what I had to do to win.. Thank you for all da support I promise better for further fights to come.”

Thus, this statement from Stevenson showed he is aware that his performance was below par. However, rather than being critical of himself, ‘Fearless‘ is happy that he got the victory and promised better things in the future.

Shakur Stevenson needs to deliver on the big stage

The undefeated American now holds the interim title and will be next in line for the title. However, he will have to deliver on his word if he wants to attract big numbers. This is his second main event and once again, he has not backed up his words.

Stevenson has promised he can cut it with the other lightweight superstars like Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, and others. However, his resume and performance tonight will have many fans questioning this.

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)

Thus, if ‘Fearless’ wants to be in the same conversation as the other superstars, he needs to fight better quality opponents and show why he’s the real ‘Boogey-man’ in the division. And he will get the perfect opportunity if he fights for the title next.

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However, considering Stevenson has admitted that it wasn’t his best performance, fans can expect him to make the necessary changes for his next fight.

What do you make of this statement from Shakur Stevenson? Do you think he can deliver on the big stage again?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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