Of Chris Williams: Shakur Stevenson could debut at 135 in March or April against former lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr.
Shakur has been complaining 24/7 about Pitbull Cruz and William Zepeda, after turning him down for a match for over a month. Stevenson has overdramatized the fact that Pitbull and Zepeda will not fight him.
It was fine the first time Shakur mentioned it, but won’t let it go. It’s almost like listening to an old person who can’t accept the bad decisions they made in their youth.
You’d think Stevenson would have moved on mentally by now, and not continue to dwell on the past.
It’s not a good sign that Shakur is still harping on the two big fish that got away. He has to be bigger than this and move on when there is no interest.
“I should be back in March, probably even April. It could be Kambosos because Pitbull rejected meand [William] Zepeda rejected me. I know from the rankings that Kambosos is next, so I think it will be a Kambosos fight,” Shakur Stevenson told Fight Hub TV.
“I think the fans and everyone let them down. I don’t think anybody really got on top of them in that way that if I were to do something like that or Devin or anybody in the sport.
“I think Kambosos has nothing to lose. I think he will be the first person to take the fight. He is tough; he didn’t mind fighting Teo, he didn’t mind fighting Devin, so I don’t think he’ll back down from a challenge.”
If Stevenson wants to get fighters like Cruz and Zepeda to fight him, he needs to become a superstar where these guys will make big money fighting him.
The way to do that is for Shakur to become a more entertaining fighter and take chances on offense. Unfortunately, Stevenson has the nasty ‘pull-back’ fighting style, which he constantly pulls back to avoid getting hit. It’s boring to watch.
The unbeaten Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) says he believes Kambosos Jr (20-2, 10 KOs) will agree to the fight because he has “nothing to lose” at this point after being beaten in the back-two -back games against Devin Haney in 2022.
Shakur, 25, was visibly upset last Saturday night as he talked about how his attempts to get fights against the top-ranked lightweight contenders Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz and William Zepeda was unsuccessful.
Both fighters showed no interest in facing former two-division world champion Stevenson, leaving him in the position of turning to his third option, Kambosos.
Stevenson’s defensive fighting style would make it difficult for Pitbull Cruz and Zepeda because they are offense-oriented fighters who use a lot of pressure to win fights.
If Shakur can get the fight with Kambosos, it’s still an excellent fight, as the former three-belt champion is known in his native Australia and the United States.