Warrington On Stevenson: ‘He Hasn’t Been In Deep Water Situations’
Over the last few months, all Josh Warrington has been talking about is winning more gold within the featherweight division. He wants someone that can challenge him. Flipping it around, Warrington is looking to be a true challenge to another champion.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Warrington (30-0) has expressed interest in taking on WBO Featherweight Champion Shakur Stevenson. The IBF Featherweight Champion believes Stevenson (13-0) hasn’t been fully tested yet as a fighter and wants to break in the 22-year-old Olympic medalist.
“Stevenson is a talent. He’s young, a former Olympian, he has a lot of people around him building him up. He’s looked good in all of his fights so far,” Warrington stated. “Everyone he’s boxed has been tailor-made for him. He hasn’t boxed someone who will close him down with educated pressure. People approach him in straight lines.
“I’m not saying he wouldn’t be a tough fight. But he hasn’t been in deep water situations.”
Warrington (30-0) won the European and WBC International Featherweight Titles under Matchroom Boxing. With his contract expiring in 2016, Warrington signed with Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions. He won the IBF Featherweight Title from Lee Selby via split decision in 2018, defending it three times. The last time he fought was in October, beating Sofiane Takoucht via second-round TKO. He has since returned to Matchroom, looking to prove he is the real deal.
Stevenson won four fights in 2019. The 22-year-old won silver in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and has quickly climbed up the ranks in boxing. He was supposed to face off against Miguel Marriaga on March 14 inside Madison Square Garden. The fight was postponed as a result of the coronavirus. Now, it is rumored he will be facing Rafael Rivera on June 9.
The goal of Stevenson has been to move up in weight while he can. Warrington does not want to see a match between him and Stevenson get thrown out so fast. Taking out a fast-rising star in Stevenson would be a great addition to Warrington’s resume.
“I don’t worry about him getting better and better. Some people peak early. He’s a big featherweight – I want to fight him sooner rather than later, not because I’m worried about him improving, but he’s mentioned that he wants to move up divisions,” Warrington went on to say.
“I want to keep fighting the big names, keep proving people wrong. People think: ‘Stevenson will give Josh a good fight, he’s a tricky southpaw’. Let me have that challenge!”
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