Shakur Stevenson Feels He Has More Longevity Than Other New Generation Boxers
Shakur Stevenson believes he’ll outlast other elite boxers in this new generation.
Stevenson is just 23 years old but he’s already close to competing for his second world title. Teofimo Lopez, who is the same age as Stevenson, recently captured four major world titles at 135 pounds with his upset win over Vasiliy Lomachenko. Stevenson became the WBO Featherweight Champion back on October 26, 2019. He has decided to move up to 130 pounds and is the mandatory WBO Title challenger in that division.
Boxers such as Lopez, Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, Jaron Ennis, and Stevenson are considered to be a part of this new crop of elite talent with star potential. Some would argue that Lopez is already there, while Davis is looking to prove he’s a pay-per-view draw with his October 31 clash with Leo Santa Cruz.
Speaking to Brian Custer on The Last Stand podcast, Stevenson said he feels he will shine the brightest out of everyone in the new generation (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“I just feel like I’m that dude, them dudes (Tank Davis, Jaron Ennis) are all good fighters and I think we’re all going to carry the generation as far as the Devin Haneys, Teofimo Lopez’s are concerned. I think we’re all going to get better, better, and better. I just think that I’m going to be that one dude who’s the last one standing.”
The dilemma with Stevenson’s next fight has to do with the WBO Super-Featherweight Title picture. Jamel Herring is the champion and a good friend of Stevenson. Herring is looking to fight Carl Frampton next. Stevenson has said that capturing the title Herring holds is a part of his journey and it’s something he feels he has to fulfill. Herring has said fighting Stevenson will only happen as a last resort, which Stevenson appears to agree with.