Shakur Stevenson: “I’m Down For A Vasiliy Lomachenko Struggle, I Don’t Duck No Motion”

Posted on 05/03/2022

By: Hans Themistode

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Though Shakur Stevenson continues to be within the infancy levels of his profession, the previous Olympic silver medalist believed that the world would quickly notice his greatness.

Following his most up-to-date efficiency, Stevenson is now satisfied that his title ought to now be talked about amongst the very best fighters on the planet. This previous Saturday night time, on the MGM Grand Backyard Area in Las Vegas, Nevada, Stevenson simply outboxed Oscar Valdez. Within the course of, Stevenson efficiently unified the tremendous featherweight division, including Valdez’s WBC crown to his WBO title.

With Stevenson now rising as considered one of boxing’s premier abilities, the now unified champion is having fun with his time within the highlight. Presently, Stevenson believes he has a bevy of choices for his subsequent ring look. Nonetheless, seemingly on the high of his record, is present pound-for-pound star and former two-time Olympic gold medalist, Vasiliy Lomachenko.

“I’m down for a Vasiliy Lomachenko battle,” mentioned Stevenson on the DAZN Boxing Present. “I don’t duck no motion. I don’t care who it’s, I’m gonna hold the identical vitality. I’m down for that kind of battle.”

Lomachenko, 34, has bounced again properly since struggling defeat by the hands of Teofimo Lopez in 2020. The a number of division star made it look extremely straightforward in opposition to Masayoshi Nakatani, stopping the tough and rugged Japanese native within the ninth spherical. Shortly after, Lomachenko closed out his 2021 marketing campaign with a one-sided victory over Richard Commey.

With Lomachenko returning to his profitable methods, the 34-year-old was chosen by present unified 135-pound titlist, George Kambosos Jr., as his subsequent opponent. Whereas Lomachenko was honored, he elected in opposition to taking Kambosos Jr. up on his supply. As an alternative, Lomachenko opted to remain in his homeland of Ukraine to assist fend off assaults from the continued Russian invasion.

Presently, it’s unknown when Lomachenko will return to the ring. Nonetheless, he has given his ideas on a potential showdown in opposition to Stevenson prior to now, stating on quite a few events that he would solely be keen to drop down in weight to tackle his fellow Olympian if and provided that, Stevenson turned an undisputed champion.

If, for no matter cause, Lomachenko adjustments his thoughts and decides to return to 130-pounds to face Stevenson, the previous Olympic silver medalist wouldn’t be so fast to face Lomachenko although. Whereas Stevenson loves the considered dealing with the previous Olympic gold medalist, changing into an undisputed champion has all the time been a longtime dream for him.

“Reality be informed, I’m torn between all of the belts and a giant battle.”

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