Arum Expects Stevenson To Fight Despite ‘Retirement’ Comments

Bob Arum has responded to Shakur Stevenson’s alleged ‘retirement’, stating that he expects him to return.

Stevenson made the announcement following the WBO’s order to make Emanuel Navarrete vs Denys Berinchyk for the vacant lightweight belt. Before the order, Stevenson was linked with facing the three-weight world champion Navarrete. The fight never got made as Shakur missed out on unifying.

Stevenson had become the WBC Lightweight Champion after beating Edwin De Los Santos. His defensive performance, because of a hand injury coming into the fight, did not resonate with the public. Shakur was booed during and after the fight, as he damaged his chances of making a Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis bout. Despite his self-proclaimed retirement, Arum expects Shakur to return. 

“Well, you know, Shakur had an underwhelming appearance in his last fight. That happens, but we know he had a number of injuries training for the fight. People took him to the doctor every other day for ailments that he was undergoing. We think in his next fight, he’ll be terrific, and we’ll see,” Arum stated 

Stevenson’s decision could be a way to reevaluate his future. He has one fight left on his Top Rank deal, allowing him to explore other promoters. He could sign with DAZN to get the Haney fight or with PBC for the elusive Tank Davis bout. Teofimo Lopez’s retirement and subsequent reversal showed fighters are not immune to changing their minds. But for now, Stevenson’s future is unclear. 

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