Is Shakur Stevenson Boxing’s Next Superstar? Some Experts Think So

After scoring a TKO over Jamel Herring for the WBO junior lightweight belt, one question some fans are asking is: is Shakur Stevenson on his way to superstardom?

Five experts answered the question on Boxing News Online and they all said yes.

“With his skillset, Shakur will be a very hard man to beat for anyone,” Irish boxer Michael Conlan said. “He’s not the biggest of punchers, but he has enough power to hurt or at least gain respect.”

“He showed another level of maturity on Saturday against Jamel Herring,” he added.

Stevenson, 24, said he wants to become a household name. He is looking to move up to 135 pounds after he unifies the belt against WBC 130-lb champion Oscar Valdez.

He added that he wants to put on more shows like Saturday where he basically dominated 35-year-old Herring a majority of the fight before the referee called it off.

There was an average of 1,233,000 viewers who tuned into the Stevenson-Herring matchup, which didn’t start until 12:09 a.m. ET Sunday morning. Viewership peaked at 1,264,000.

Boxing commentator Andy Clarke said he thinks the undefeated junior lightweight is on the right path and the goal is not impossible.

“He’s a two-weight [belt-holder] at the age of 24, has personality and a ton of ability, so the world is potentially at his feet,” Clarke said. “The market around his weight is there for the taking by a fighter who insists on making the big fights happen. That could be him.”

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