Two-division world champion, Shakur Stevenson, has revealed the man he expects to fight for the vacant WBC 135lbs title in November after Frank Martin pulled out of negotiations – and he believes this opponent will prove to be a sterner test than ‘The Ghost’.
With Devin Haney moving up to the super-lightweight division and vacating his WBC crown, Stevenson, being the number one contender., is owed a shot at the belt.
First, it seemed destined that he would face former pound-for-pound superstar, Vasily Lomachenko in a highly technical chess match affair, but the Ukrainian instead opted for some time away from the ring.
Then Frank Martin earned the respect of fight fans for stepping up to the plate to take on the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist, with Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, setting a date of November 16 for a showdown in Las Vegas.
However, Martin then dropped out of the bout – which was reportedly agreed and close to being signed – once again leaving Stevenson without an opponent.
The undefeated 26-year-old has now revealed that Edwin De Los Santos is poised to replace Martin, and he claimed that the Dominican power-puncher could cause him more trouble than Martin ever would.
This fighter got more heart then the rest of em and truthfully speaking I believe he is a better fighter then the bitch Nigga who got cold feet and pulled out.. but look u press up on me I will answer the phone call I don’t duck no smoke let’s get to it nigga @EdwinLaGranada 😤
— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) September 13, 2023
“This fighter got more heart than the rest ‘em and, truthfully speaking, I believe he is a better fighter than the b***h n**** who got cold feet and pulled out. But look, you press up on me, I will answer the phone call, I don’t duck no smoke, let’s get to it n**** [@Edwin De Los Santos].”
The fight date is expected to remain the same, as Stevenson sets about his goal of becoming a three-weight world champion and taking over the lightweight division on the Thursday night card in two month’s time.