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“You Can’t Tie My Shoes”: Shakur Stevenson Remains Unfazed by Ryan Garcia’s “Life Changing Money”

Published 11/20/2023, 9:58 PM EST

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It’s a Twitter war! Shakur Stevenson and Ryan Garcia are embroiled in a fiery Twitter feud. Given the intensity with which the responses are flying, many followers might as well be asking if Stevenson could have fought likewise in the ring. In many ways, that is how the verbal duel between the two rising stars of boxing picked up. Last week, Stevenson fought Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant WBC lightweight title. The former won unanimously. But he also bagged a stream of brickbats for the way he performed in the ring.

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From promoters such as Oscar De La Hoya to bitter rivals like Devin Haney and Rolando Romero, everyone took potshots at the Newark-born southpaw. Among others on the roster was Ryan Garcia as well. To many, it would appear that the Californian is eager to amp up the public feud Stevenson further. The latter responded following Garcia’s bare-it-all on Fight Hub TV. ‘KingRy’ posted his reply a few hours later. However, the three-division champion, it seems, was ready.

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Shakur Stevenson reminded Ryan Garcia that he won a third world title in a different weight category. Urging the latter to stick to the facts, the WBC lightweight champion emphasized that the Californian has yet to win a world title in his career. He said, “Won my 3rd world [title] in a different weight class, my guy. Let’s speak facts. [You] have never won a real world [title through] out [your] whole career.” Later, he congratulated Garcia on the money he made. But Garcia could barely stand at his level when it came to boxing.

Speaking on Fight Hub TV, Ryan Garcia recalled the amateur days. He said, “I don’t get ticked off at a lot of people, but he does talk some really arrogant sh*t, and he is a little bit like that in person.” Later, talking about the fight, ‘KingRy’ mentioned, “Honestly, he didn’t fight good at all…was scared. He didn’t fight, and it’s so biased.


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Shakur Stevenson wrote back early yesterday morning. Harking back to the incident that Garcia took from their amateur days, he insisted on just being honest. He never wanted Garcia and others to bother him. Finally, all said and done, Stevenson highlighted that he wins, even when he goes through a bad day. Ryan Garcia could barely get up after taking a body shot!

He took some time to respond. But the Californian boxer reminded Stevenson, in turn, how he made a life-changing fortune. On the other hand, with the fewest blows in a twelve-round fight in history, Stevenson made less than 10% of what he took home.

Surely a crowd must be swelling now, looking forward to Ryan Garcia’s response. More so, he has a fight coming up next week. He will take on the Mexican hard-hitter Oscar Duarte Jurado at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on December 2.

Circling ahead


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Many foresee it as a tune-up for the 25-year-old. He lost badly to Gervonta Davis early this year. Before the fight, he had been considered the most promising star of boxing, with millions of followers on social media. However, the defeat has had a lot of impact on perceptions. Garcia is returning after seven months. In between, he changed trainers and joined Derrick James’ stable. Fans would be looking to see whether Ryan Garcia is able to revert back to his old form.

Shakur Stevenson, on the other hand, as he mentioned during post-fight interviews, might go back to the drawing board. He might need a bit of self-introspection to revamp his game. There are chances the much-anticipated fight with Devin Haney could come up for good. Not to forget the mandatory challenge he might face in the coming months. Gervonta Davis remains the biggest name at 135 pounds. Hence, if Stevenson foresees a bout with ‘Tank’, then an overview of his offensive tactics might come in handy.


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Jaideep R Unnithan


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I’ve been a lifelong Karateka with immense respect and admiration for the sweet science. Now, for the first time, I’ve got an opportunity to be as close as possible to the sport. For the past year, my words have danced across the pages of boxing narratives, crafting tales in and around the ring for EssentiallySports.
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