Shakur Stevenson Ends Retirement, Set To Make June Comeback

Shakur Stevenson has come out of retirement as he expects to return in June. 

Stevenson’s initial decision was a shock, and it came shortly after the WBO mandated Emanuel Navarrete vs. Denys Berinchyk for the vacant 135-pound title. This meant Shakur could not unify. His chances of getting the big fights had already been damaged following his performance against Edwin De Los Santos. Despite winning a unanimous decision for the WBC Lightweight Title, Shakur’s defensive style was booed. But Stevenson did state he would come out of retirement if the right fight presented itself.

“I’m waiting for the opportunity for me to come out of retirement. I got a WBC belt. So all roads to undisputed, being at 135, it come through me. We can already see them unifying, Lomachenko and a Navarrete fight. They can’t become the undisputed champion without coming to get the WBC strap off of me. They can do whatever they want, but I’m still going to be right here waiting on everybody. My opportunity got to come,” Stevenson said 

Now, fans can expect to see him back in June.

Bob Arum echoed those words as he expected Stevenson to return very soon.

“I talked to Prince and Antonio at the fight [Thursday] night. Shakur’s gonna fight in June and we’ve gotta figure out an opponent for him,” Arum stated 

Boxing fans were not surprised by Stevenson’s remarks, as they were not convinced by the retirement in the first place.


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