Shakur Stevenson Claims He’s ‘Retiring’ From Boxing

Shakur Stevenson has claimed he has retired from boxing in a shocking turn of events.

The news follows after his victory over Edwin De Los Santos to become the WBC Lightweight Champion. The performance was not the best, with Stevenson being booed for his defensive style. But Shakur reportedly had a hand injury before the fight began, limiting what he could do.

After the performance, Shakur spoke of his desire to do better. With one fight left on his Top Rank deal, Stevenson wanted to explore his free agency. Signing with DAZN or PBC could have increased his chances of securing a Devin Haney or Gervonta Davis fight. Both of those fighters are aligned with DAZN and PBC, respectively.

Stevenson’s reason for his retirement was not made clear, but it did follow the WBO’s decision to order Emanuel Navarrete vs. Denys Berinchyk for the vacant lightweight belt. Since Stevenson was targeting the Navarrete fight, the chance of unifying the division has now gone. Stevenson was frustrated with the sport, so he turned his attention to giving back to the next generation of fighters.

Teofimo Lopez did the same after beating Josh Taylor to pick up the WBO Junior Welterweight Title. Lopez reversed that decision, later claiming it was a publicity stunt, after initially demanding nine figures to come out of retirement. It is unclear if Stevenson is waiting to secure the best deal, but Floyd Mayweather was known for doing something similar, having retired and returned on more than one occasion. The news has left boxing fans in shock, given Stevenson’s potential, whilst others were not convinced he was retiring.

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