Shakur Stevenson will come out of retirement if he secures the right fight.
His ‘retirement’ was a significant surprise, just as he had become the WBC Lightweight Champion. His victory over Edwin De Los Santos secured the belt, but he was criticized for his defensive style, which was not helped by a hand injury entering the fight.
Stevenson was booed heavily, and his hopes of unifying suffered. Shakur was linked with facing Emanuel Navarrete, only for the WBO to order a fight with Denys Berinchyk for the vacant title. His announcement came shortly after, but Shakur hopes to return.
“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. There’s no way of becoming undisputed at 135 without one of those dudes coming to see me,” Stevenson said
A realistic fight is the winner between Vasily Lomachenko and George Kambosos Jr. Both boxers are with Top Rank and face off for the vacant IBF belt on May 12. That gives Shakur the chance to unify. But if he desires to become undisputed, he must face Gervonta Davis.
Tank is the current WBA Lightweight Champion. But Calvin Ford has dismissed a fight with Shakur, saying the spectacle would not make financial sense due to Shakur’s style. Shakur could equally remain active to sharpen his skills, but he risks losing a bout if he cannot motivate himself for mandatory or voluntary defense. But with one fight left on his Top Rank deal, Stevenson could explore other options.