Shakur Stevenson Vows To Shine Against Artem Harutyunyan

Shakur Stevenson is determined to show his best when he boxes Artem Harutyunyan on July 6.

The WBC Lightweight Champion has been criticized for his last performance against Edwin De Los Santos. Shakur was booed for fighting off the back foot, making it a dour spectacle. Although Shakur had a hand injury and still won the vacant WBC belt, his brand was damaged. He is in the last fight of his Top Rank deal, which makes him a free agent.

This increases the pressure on Stevenson to perform if he wants the best deals. A deal with Matchtoom and Eddie Hearn allows him to target the Devin Haney fight. There may also be opportunities to work with the Saudis due to Matchroom’s close ties.

A PBC deal makes a Gervonta Davis fight possible. PBC is known for trying to make fights only on their networks. That is a fight Shakur has wanted, with Davis stating Stevenson is on his hit list. Although Shakur could remain a free agent without a long-term contract, he does not have the commercial value to do that. So, the focus is on trying to put on a dominant display.

“I’m that guy, and I can’t wait for that day. So, I can’t focus on the people that try to downplay my last performance. It’s not going to be action-packed when it’s one-sided. When you’re putting hands on people and beating people up, that’s enough. I feel my last performance is a testament to how great I really am, even on a bad night. Even on a bad night, I could come out on top against a really good fighter,” Shakur said 

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