Warrington-Stevenson Not Official

Josh Warrington knows that a fight with Shakur Stevenson is in the cards, the IBF featherweight champion isn’t certain that he and the WBO champ will face off next.

“I know that negotiations have started,” Warrington told Boxing Scene. “He’s a young lad, he has a lot of people around him who are going to build his confidence up. I did say to him ‘win a title and we’ll talk’, so he has won a title and we’ll see what happens.”

“Obviously there is Stevenson, there is Gary Russell (the WBC champion) and there is Can Xu (the WBA champion). I’d rather have Russell or Stevenson, I want the toughest fights.”

“If I could have my way, and it never goes my way,” Warrington said of the featherweight title picture, “I’d have Gary Russell next, because I believe his inactivity might force him to move up, then Shakur, because he is just a young whippersnapper, then go from there.”

“He is a safety-first kind of fighter, he is always on the back foot, he still has a lot of his amateur fundamentals,” Warrington said of the Newark, New Jersey native. “I have seen him fight a few times and some of the guys he fights are just tough guys who walk forward in straight lines. They are tailor-made for him, they make him look absolutely fantastic.”

“Don’t get me wrong, he can probably do stuff I can’t do, but I’m experienced at this level and I’ve experienced tough 12-rounders, I can do it at different paces and I can go forward without doing it in straight lines.

“The only way he is going to find out what that is like is through experience. It’s easy enough to say what you would do, but it’s a different story when you have to put things in place under the lights. Things are a bit different when you are faced with constant educated pressure. It’s the rough and tumble as well, going into clinches and not just holding on, but working away when you get an arm free. And facing that for the full 36 minutes.”

Report: Boxing Scene

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