Timothy Bradley Sees Shakur Stevenson As The Next Floyd Mayweather
Over the past few years, there have been a lot of conversations regarding Shakur Stevenson and Floyd Mayweather. Both Olympic athletes, they both started out in the featherweight division. Now, a top welterweight believes that Stevenson could equal Mayweather someday.
Speaking on ESPN’s State of Boxing, Bradley is excited at the prospect of Stevenson having a long and successful career.
“I’m actually looking forward to Shakur Stevenson,” stated, via Bad Left Hook. “He could be Mayweather’s successor. Why? He’s 13-0, okay, he’s a world champion, and he’s one of those guys that’s so hard to hit. He’s a master at distance, reminding me of Mayweather Jr.
“And I have to say this, if I was in my prime today and if I had to fight this young man, it would be horrible because I couldn’t get close to hit this young man. He’s one of those guys that’s just so hard to hit and he’s fantastic to watch.”
Steveson (13-0) made his professional debut in 2017 after winning silver in the 2016 Olympics. He won his first piece of professional gold to start 2019, beating Jessie Cris Rosales for the IBF Inter-Continental and WBC Continental Americas Featherweight Championship. Following a few more wins, Stevenson beat Joet Gonzalez in October for the WBO Featherweight Title, his fourth win in 2019.
Mayweather (50-0) won bronze in the 1996 Olympic games and made his pro debut the same year. In his 18th fight in 1998, Mayweather beat Genaro Hernandez for the WBC Super-Featherweight Title. His career then flourished as he won welterweight and light-middleweight gold. He ended his career by winning the lineal title in four different weight classes.
With seven wins via knockout, Stevenson has been compared to Mayweather. Top Rank’s Bob Arum sees the resemblance. Before his first professional fight, Stevenson stated he wants to be a legend in the sport of boxing and aspires to be as big, if not greater than Mayweather. As far as if it is possible, Mark Kriegel added onto Bradley’s statements.
“The only two guys that were younger than Shakur (to medal in the Olympics) — De La Hoya and the aforementioned Mayweather,” Kriegel stated. “The difference is, at this juncture in their careers, Shakur is actually more difficult to hit then Mayweather.”
Stevenson is set to return to action on June 9 for Top Rank. In a non-title affair, he will face off against Felix Caraballo in Las Vegas.