Shakur Stevenson is already a two-weight world champion, but the confident 25-year-old believes his abilities can take him all the way through four more divisions.
The 25-year-old won the WBO Featherweight title in 2019 before moving to 130lb where he currently stands as the unified champion following his terrific performance against Oscar Valdez on April 30th.
Stevenson goes home to Newark on September 23 to defend his two belts against Olympic Gold Medallist Robson Conceicao. And while he harbours ambitions of becoming undisputed champion there are marquee fights to be made one division north at lightweight.
Speaking on The Good Fight host Kate Abdo asked her guest if there was a timeframe for moving up to 135lbs.
“As long as it’s not too late, I’m cool.”
“I feel like I ain’t rushing to go to 135. We don’t know if any of the fighters are willing to fight somebody like me. I’m a difficult style to fight anyway.”
“I’m going to take my time. Maybe conquer my division even more than I already did.”
The lightweight division is one that contains not just fights for Stevenson but big pay-per-view events with the likes of undisputed champion Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, Vasyl Lomachenko and Ryan Garcia.
Stevenson was asked who gives him the toughest fight.
“I think definitely Tank (Davis) and Devin is the toughest fights at 135 just because neither of them lost.”
“Devin’s very dominant, just like me. We both dominate. I feel like that’s going to be a great fight.”
“With Tank he’s got some good skills, but his power is something you gotta watch out for. You can’t slip up at any moment with Tank. You can’t make no mistake because he’s got power from one to 12.”
“I feel like my skills are gonna carry me through these weights.”
Stevenson believes that right now he could take on the very best that the 140lbs Super Lightweight division has to offer. But the ambition doesn’t stop there.
“I feel like I’ll get to 147 and ‘54ish. I don’t think I’m gonna be that big, I’ll be small, but I think I’ll be so skilfully good where I can get in the ring with these bigger guys and dominate. I’ve been in the ring with these big guys before.”
“At the end of the day a fight for me is just like being in the gym. I feel like when I fight it’s me regular.”