Hearn Responds To Stevenson’s Retirement – ‘Finish Your Tantrum’

Eddie Hearn has hit out at Shakur Stevenson, telling him to stop his ‘tantrum’ following the news of his ‘retirement.’ 

Stevenson made the announcement after the WBO ordered Emanuel Navarrete vs Denys Berinchyk for the 135-pound belt. This prevented Shakur from unifying after he picked up the WBC Lightweight Belt with a win over Edwin De Los Santos. But Shakur did not help himself with his performance. He was booed for his defensive style, even if it was put down to a hand injury coming into the fight. Since Shakur chose to go ahead with the bout, rather than pull out, Hearn called on Shakur to focus on his boxing game. 

“It’s ridiculous. Like I don’t even know why we give this kind of stuff airtime. Like Shakur Stevenson, one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet, he’s so boring. How old is the guy, 26. Of course he’s not retiring. Just say to him ‘Alright, mate. Bye. Come back to us when you’ve finished your tantrum,” Hearn said 

Stevenson’s conduct has not helped matters. He rejected a 25 percent offer to face Devin Haney at 135 pounds. That prevented him from fighting for the Undisputed Lightweight Championship. Shakur also struggled to make fights with those under the same banner.

George Kambosos Jr. and Vasiliy Lomachenko are also under Top Rank. But they will face off for the vacant IBF Lightweight Title, something Stevenson could have positioned himself for. Since Shakur has one bout remaining under his Top Rank contract, there is an incentive to make him a big fight, meaning Shakur can bounce back.  

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