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.
‼️ Shakur Stevenson claiming he’s now retiring from boxing after hearing that the WBO have ordered Emanuel Navarrete vs Denys Berinchyk for the vacant WBO lightweight world title. Shakur had previously called out Navarrete to challenge him for his WBC belt. pic.twitter.com/ybmi6YPNf6
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 30, 2024
I’m officially retiring from the sport of boxing I’ll be in the gym forever perfecting my craft and helping the next generation become great and chase they dreams but I ain’t fw this weak boxing game 💪🏾
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) January 30, 2024
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.
That is some major cap captain. There is no way that Shakur is in his prime at 26, calling it quits
— Pearse Fitzpatrick. (@CelticWolfsBane) January 30, 2024
This is really sad😭
— Samson (@Samrebell) January 30, 2024
Retirement, already? So much more left.
— missa❤️ (@SugarMissa1) January 30, 2024