Instantly following his silver medal end within the 2016 Olympic Video games, Shakur Stevenson refused to tackle innocuous competitors as a professional. To this point, his must face off towards the perfect fighters on the planet has ushered him into the pugilistic highlight.
With a number of championship trinkets unfold throughout two separate weight lessons, Stevenson’s unified run at 130-pounds got here to an sudden finish. Contemporary off a career-best displaying towards Oscar Valdez, Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) tried to defend his WBC and WBO tremendous featherweight titles towards Robson Conceicao. Nevertheless, after failing to make weight, Stevenson opted to ditch the 130-pound division in lieu of greener pastures at 135.
Whereas he hasn’t formally made his light-weight debut, Stevenson has openly said he would welcome a showdown towards present undisputed titlist, Devin Haney. In what may in the end assist facilitate his needs, Stevenson was given a transparent path to attain his lofty targets.
Because the WBC conference continues to maneuver ahead, a slew of bouts was lately ordered. Amongst them, a WBC title eliminator between Stevenson and Isaac Cruz was formally penciled in.
Though the dynamic star would a lot relatively tackle Haney, he overtly revealed that he can be greater than prepared to face Cruz, or anybody else for that matter.
“I don’t duck and dodge anyone,” stated Stevenson on his social media account when requested if he’ll battle Cruz.
After presenting Gervonta Davis with a tougher-than-expected bout in December of 2021, Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) noticed his inventory rise meteorically. The 24-year-old has since parlayed his star-making efficiency into back-to-back victories over Yuriokis Gamboa and Eduardo Ramirez.
With the WBC interim crown draped throughout his shoulders, the Mexican product has lobbied for a showdown towards Haney or a seemingly extra profitable rematch towards Davis. But, regardless of his needs, the come-forward slugger might be pressured to tackle Stevenson on his method to a matchup towards Haney.