Shakur Stevenson was furious in his unification match against Oscar Valdez. It may have taken longer to materialize than he hoped, but on April 30, 2022, he was officially given the opportunity.
Despite being battle-tested in multiple divisions, Valdez proved to be few to match the former Olympic silver medalist, losing in a lopsided unanimous decision. With a big smile on his face, Stevenson tried to defend the unified throne against Robson his conceiton just a few months later.
What was supposed to be his moment of jubilation turned into an expected struggle when Stevenson would lose both the WBO and WBC Super Featherweight titles. Shortly after surpassing the former Olympic gold medalist, Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) declared that his body would no longer allow him to compete at 130 pounds and he was officially promoted to lightweight.
With many options looming in front of him, Stevenson hopes to finally jump to the front of the championship line and face Devin Haney, the undisputed champion of the division. , is negotiating a showdown with Vasily Lomachenko.
Meanwhile, the WBC has ordered the former 130-pound champion to participate in the title eliminator. So far, some of the top names in the lightweight division are ostensibly reluctant to take his offer. As Stevenson continues to sift through the sanctions body’s top contenders, he admits Frank Martin caught his attention.
The 28-year-old from Detroit, Michigan has had multiple victories during his 2022 campaign, but his most recent victory over Michelle Rivera has Stevenson nodding in agreement. Martin could end up being the one to have to trade fists for, but that didn’t stop Stevenson from highlighting what makes Martin such a great fighter.
“I think he’s a great fighter,” Stevenson said on Thaboxingvoice. “He had great timing, speed and great reflexes. He’s definitely a great fighter and I don’t take anything away from him.”