Stevenson became a three-division champion with a victory over De Los Santos to become the new WBC lightweight champion. However, the manner of the win drew a lot of criticism. Stevenson appeared more focused on avoiding De Los Santos’ power rather than trying to take the fight to the Dominican boxer.
And since Stevenson fought off his jab to grab the unanimous-decision win, he alienated a proportion of the boxing community, one of which was Garcia. The latter responded by saying how Stevenson needed to humble himself due to the disrespect he had shown other fighters, including Garcia himself. This was despite the fact that news of Stevenson having a hand injury came to light after the fight.
“He’s an arrogant person, and he’s arrogant in real life. That’s why I don’t like him, and I don’t say that about a lot of people. I love a lot of people, and I’m cool with everybody, but man, that guy, he’s been ticking me off since the amateurs. I want to just kick his a**. There’s enough of the talking. I’m here to kick his a**. If he wants it, I’ll beat his a**. I’m tired of him,” Stevenson
In response, Stevenson indicated his desire to make it happen at a catchweight. Since the former has only had two fights at 135, expecting him to move up to 140 may be too soon. As for Garcia, his struggles with the 136-pound weight for the Gervonta Davis fight shows that any real chance of a fight would have to be at 140. Nevertheless, Stevenson was keen on a catchweight.
We could do a catch weight or he can come to 35 if he want to finally become a world champion lol https://t.co/0IHBhAeUWP
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) November 29, 2023
We could fight next weak ass nigga @RyanGarcia I’m gone stand in front of u all night long I promise
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) November 28, 2023