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Shakur Stevenson Praises Joe Cordina, Dismisses Archie Sharp

Shakur Stevenson says he would love to face Joe Cordina in the future.

The American (18-0, 9 KOs) is widely regarded as one of the best boxers in the world and proved just as much when he became unified super-featherweight champion on April 30. His unanimous decision win over Oscar Valdez sealed his status as the number one at 130lbs earning him the WBC title along with his WBO strap.

Cordina has his own world title challenge coming up on June 4 against IBF champion Kenichi Ogawa.

Should the Welshman win then a fight against Stevenson could happen.

“I would love to do that,” Stevenson told talkSPORT’s Fight Night.

“I know Joe Cordina, I’ve known him since the amateurs. We don’t talk or nothing like that, but I know who he is, and I’ve been paying attention to him as a boxer, and I’ve seen him fight.

“I knew who he was already, and I’ve been telling people Cordina is the best boxer and he would be the best test, so I would be down for that and it’s a big fight for me.”

Stevenson though has dismissed Britain’s Archie Sharp. The WBO number one contender has been vocal about facing the champion but was described as ‘not a good fighter’ by the 24-year-old.

“I look at skills rather than somebody like Archie Sharp, where he’s not a good fighter to me, he’s just social media talking and acting like he’s going to do a bunch of stuff that he really isn’t going to do.

“Whereas Joe Cordina, when I look at him, I see a real challenge and a real test, because I don’t take anything away from him, he’s got the size the skills, a good jab.

“I beat him, don’t get me wrong, I know I beat him, but it would be good just to be in front of another skillful fighter who can box.

“Maybe he needs to build his fanbase first because I don’t know how big he is, a lot of people talk to me about Archie Sharp more than Cordina, even though he’s a better boxer, so I feel like he should fight Archie Sharp just to build up a big fight with me.”