Shakur Stevenson Plans to Fight Three Time in 2021: Oscar Valdez on His Hit List

Published 03/16/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Shakur Stevenson celebrates his TKO win against Oscar Mendoza in their Featherweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


Following a successful 2020 with two wins, undefeated Shakur Stevenson has some bigger plans this year. He envisions himself fighting twice or more, touting the best matchups available in the division for himself.

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The former featherweight champion seems to have set his sight on the super featherweight title. While there are several more undefeated champions present in the division, Stevenson has gone straight after them. He has connected with Brian Custer to reveal several ongoing aspects of his boxing career, inclusive of an update on his nearing plans. When asked about his next appearances, ‘Fearless’ gave a straight answer.

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“Yeah, I see twice this year if not three times. If I can fight three times, I will,” said Shakur Stevenson.

Meanwhile, he has aimed at the top-dogs of the division and has billed Oscar Valdez and Carl Frampton as his possible options. Although both the boxers have more experience than Stevenson, that still didn’t intimidate the ‘Fearless’.

Speaking on it, he added, “Realistically, I see a fight for, probably I don’t know, probably like a Toner fight or something and then Valdez, or Frampton, Herring this year. Realistically, it should be right after that I fight, whichever one. I don’t need any in-between fight. I will go straight after Valdez, to Frampton, or whoever.” 

Newly crowned WBC super featherweight champion, Oscar Valdez, is on a meteoric run and looks invincible at this stage. Akin to Stevenson, he is also unbeaten and holds a record of 29-0 with 23 KOs under his belt. Meanwhile, Carl Frampton, 28-2, will face Jamel Herring for the WBO title in April. So Shakur Stevenson seems to have targeted the right ones in the division.

Shakur Stevenson- A look back at his glorious 2020

In May last year, Stevenson notched a sensational win against Felix Caraballo with a Knockout. Turning himself 14-0 on Pro, it was a lopsided dominance coming from the 23-year-old. After overpowering his opponent for the first five rounds, Shakur Stevenson closed the show with a brutal body shot in round six.

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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)

He returned to action in December and unleashed a tactical performance against Toka Kahn Clary. Going till the final bell, Stevenson dominated Clary for most of the fight, and despite facing some minor problems, it was Stevenson’s night rightfully.

As he is eyeing a return in 2021, we can expect him to extend his clean record and don a world title soon. But will it be an easy task?

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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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