Shakur Stevenson Announces His Retirement
Shakur Stevenson has announced his retirement from the sport, stating that he will focus on the next generation of fighters.
The news is understandably a shock, given that Stevenson is one of boxing’s biggest stars around. So far, he is a three-division champion, having recently beaten Edwin De Los Santos to win the WBC Lightweight Belt. Although that may have been the case, the performance was heavily criticised. Stevenson was booed during the fight, and when he left the ring due to his defensive style.
He fought off his back foot, but reports stated he had a hand injury coming into the fight. The performance lowered his commercial value, making it much more difficult to get those big fights. Bouts with Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney appeared further away.
Davis’ coach, Calvin Ford, was vocal about how Stevenson’s style did not make sense for Tank to make such a fight. Meanwhile, Haney had offered Stevenson 25 percent when he was at 135, but Shakur turned it down, stating that it did not reflect his current value. That has now all been enough for Shakur to walk away.
“I’m officially retiring from the sport of boxing I’ll be in the gym forever perfecting my craft and helping the next generation become great and chase they dreams but I ain’t fw this weak boxing game,” Stevenson revealed
Nevertheless, there are still several factors that could change things. Teofimo Lopez announced something similar after he beat Josh Taylor to win the WBO Junior Welterweight Title. The victory made him a two-weight world champion and a two-time lineal champion.
But the Takeover announced his retirement, suggesting that he would vacate his belt. Lopez would backtrack on those comments. He called it a publicity stunt after initially stating he would only come out of retirement if given nine-figure paydays. But Stevenson’s announcement comes just as he enters the final fight of his contract with Top Rank. The boxer said he would explore his free agency once that was up to get the biggest fights.
“I’m going to talk to everybody. I’m still in contract, but I’m just letting you know as far as the promoters and everybody that works in boxing. Just pay attention to what I just told y’all. The influence that I have on the next generation is insane. I’m going to talk with everybody. I’m going to explore all options. Top Rank is still an option. It’s not like they’re not an option. They done put me in a great position,” Stevenson said
There were suggestions that Shakur could sign with DAZN or PBC since they could offer him a big fight. Signing with PBC makes the Devin Haney fight more likely, given that The Dream fought on DAZN. Meanwhile, a deal with PBC makes the Tank Davis fight possible since PBC keeps their fight in-house. Either way, boxing fans are not going to see this anytime soon.
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