Shakur Stevenson Accuses Josh Warrington’s Team of Ducking, Gives an Update on His Return, and More

Shakur Stevenson

Former WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson gave an update on his return, his future at 130 pounds, and the Oscar Valdez fight. He also accused Josh Warrington’s team of ducking, warned Vasyl Lomachenko, and more on this week’s The Last Stand Podcast.

Stevenson last fought Toka Kahn Clary in December 2020. “Sugar” outclassed Kahn in every single round to win via a unanimous decision. As of now, he is one of the hottest prospects in boxing with a bright future.

Bored by being on the sidelines, the former champion is looking forward to returning to the ring soon.

“We’re looking at a date,” Stevenson told Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. “Probably like June, we should be back. Like I said, I’ve always been training. I’m still doing my thing, training, and I’m just ready to fight. So, I think in June we should be back for sure, though.”

In August 2019, then-WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez vacated his title and moved up to the super featherweight division. Per Valdez, he wanted to become a multi-division champion and preferred to fight at a higher weight class. His former WBO mandatory challenger, Shakur Stevenson, then fought Joet Gonzalez to claim the vacant featherweight belt.

Shakur Stevenson vs. Toka Kahn Clary (Top Rank/Mikey Williams)

Valdez fought twice at super featherweight and captured the WBC title in his third fight against Miguel Berchelt on February 20, 2021. Meanwhile, Stevenson also vacated the WBO featherweight title in July 2020 and followed Valdez to the super featherweight division.

Stevenson expressed his desire to fight Valdez on multiple occasions, but nothing really happened. However, that changed when Valdez finally responded to Shakur’s call-out.

Shakur replied to Valdez by saying he was not sure whether the latter really wants to fight him.

“I want the Valdez fight a lot more just because I think Valdez is the better fighter out of everybody else in the division. I think that he established himself as one of the top fighters in — I feel still the number one fighter in the division. So, I want Valdez more for sure. I think Valdez was a little excited after the fight. I think that he was feeling good after his knockout. I don’t know if he really wanna fight me. Our team’s talking, and we gonna see.”

Shakur Stevenson Talks Jamel Herring vs. Carl Frampton; Future at Super Featherweight

In an ideal world, Stevenson wants to fight thrice this year. He plans to take a tune-up bout and then compete with Valdez or the winner of Carl Frampton vs. Jamel Herring.

Herring will defend his WBO super featherweight title at The Rotunda at Caesars, Bluewaters, Dubai on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

“That’s actually the plan, getting both fights. Actually, I don’t know which one will be first. It depends on what Valdez wanna do. But honestly, I would rather fight Valdez first if I can. But I don’t know if Valdez wanna come straight off a Berchelt fight to a Shakur fight that quick. He might want a tune-up fight in between. So, it’s all depending on Oscar Valdez.”

When asked to predict Herring vs. Frampton, Shakur said:

“I think Jamel’s gonna win. But I think Jamel is planning on moving up to 135, so it will be a vacant title, anyway.”

Shakur Stevenson then revealed that he does not have much time left in the super featherweight division.

“Probably like two more years. I’m a big kinda fighter. I was next to Devin [Haney] a couple of days ago. Devin is not that much bigger than me. He fights at 135, and he’s like a big 35 too. He’s not that much bigger than me… I’m not that far from 135.”

Shakur Stevenson Reveals Why He Calls Himself the “Boogeyman” and Responds to Chris Colbert

Stevenson claimed that fighters don’t want to fight him. He even accused Josh Warrington’s team of ducking him.

“When I was the champion [at featherweight], and he [Josh Warrington] was the champion, and it’s a unification fight, and I’m flying to his hometown, and they trying to give me basically nothing. I ain’t respect that. I think that was like a duck or a way out for their fighter.”

Moreover, he pointed out that Valdez moved up to 130 pounds without fighting him.

“Like I said, I had opportunities for big fights, I haven’t got a chance to get in the big fights because of the other fighters. Not because of me. So, I just felt like they finding a way out and I feel like I’m the Boogeyman.”

Furthermore, Stevenson responded to Chris Colbert’s (formerly went by the nickname ‘B-Hop’) call-out and narrated a sparring incident with the latter. Long story short, Stevenson said he beat Colbert up.

“I could definitely see that fight, that would be a big fight. ‘B-Hop’ has been putting on great performances, I don’t take nothing away from him. I think a lot of people are going to have trouble with ‘B-Hop,’ I think ‘B-Hop’ is a real good fighter, I just think [there are levels] when it comes to boxing. I know what he don’t know, that’s all I’m going to say.”

Chris Colbert and Shakur Stevenson sparring session. The video depicts Shakur as the superior boxer. However, the footage has been edited.

Stevenson Says Vasyl Lomachenko Will Never Beat Him

The “Boogeyman” has called out former unified lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko in the past. He said “Loma” would be in for a bad night if they ever fight. In his interaction with Custer, Stevenson doubled down on his stance and claimed that Lomachenko would never beat him.

“There’s no way he can beat me. It’s impossible, I would not let him beat me. Ain’t no way a scared man can beat me, I feel like there was a lot of fear in that Teofimo fight, and I just don’t think a scared man can beat me!”

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