By Chris Williams: Newly topped WBO tremendous featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs) is concentrating on a future big-money struggle in opposition to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis following his tenth spherical knockout victory over 130-lb champion Jamel ‘Semper Fi’ Herring (23-3, 11 KOs) final Saturday evening on the State Farm Area in Atlanta.
Stevenson needs to struggle 5 of the six lightweights within the division above him in Tank Davis, Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr., and Ryan Garcia.
Shakur not mentioning Lomachenko’s identify
Curiously, Shakur leaves out Vasily Lomachenko’s identify when speaking concerning the fighters he needs to face at 135, although Loma is with the identical promotional firm as him in Prime Rank.
It’s apparent why Stevenson isn’t mentioning Lomachenko. Even now, Shakur is astutely conscious of his limitations as a fighter, so Lomachenko can be handled because the equal of the harmful third rail in a subway.
If Stevenson touches that third rail in a struggle with Lomachenko, he might get jolted into actuality. Don’t maintain your breath ready for Stevenson to instantly begin exhibiting curiosity in dealing with Lomachenko until he will get outdated.
“I believe all of these guys are actually good, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis, Jojo Diaz, Ryan Garcia, and there’s going to be massive fights between all of us,” mentioned Shakur Stevenson about future fights for him after his win over Herring. “However I really feel like me and Tank down the road can be an incredible struggle.”
A struggle between Shakur and Gervonta possible gained’t occur for a few years, and even then, it’s questionable. Stevenson might want to transfer as much as 140 on the very least for him to struggle Tank (25-0, 24 KOs), and it’ll come right down to the negotiations.
Shakur confirmed extra offense
“This was precisely what Shakur Stevenson wanted to indicate the world that the expertise has at all times been there,” mentioned Chris Algieri to Fight Hub TV on Stevenson’s win over Herring. “I don’t suppose we’ve ever seen him step up.
“I mentioned this after his final struggle. We had been speaking concerning the [Jeremia], and I mentioned, ‘Throw him in a giant struggle as a result of he’s going to do the identical factor’ as a result of he’s going to dominate and he’s going to manage.
“We noticed extra offense from him [Shakur] tonight, which was actually, actually spectacular in opposition to his greatest opponent so far. The youngsters for actual.
“I believe it was the very best that we’ve seen up to now, however I don’t suppose it was the very best but,” mentioned Algieri when requested if Jamel Herring introduced the very best out of Shakur Stevenson.
“I nonetheless suppose there are issues that he [Shakur] hasn’t proven. “That’s arduous to inform as a result of followers are humorous,” Algieri states when requested if Stevenson will promote tickets for future fights after his efficiency in opposition to Herring.
“You actually don’t know what sells on a regular basis, and it’s not simply nice performances. A number of instances its consistency and persona and issues like that.
“So we don’t actually know, however I wasn’t very arduous on Shakur’s final struggle [Jeremia Nakathilia]. He gained each spherical, each second and he had a troublesome man.
“He mentioned he didn’t like his efficiency and I perceive that. It’s best to really feel sure methods, however he silenced all of the critics tonight,” mentioned Algieri.
Shakur nonetheless has a lot to show
It’s going to take greater than a win over 35-year-old Jamel Herring to persuade the boxing public that Stevenson has improved his recreation.
Herring seemed nearer to 45 than 35 in a bodily look final Saturday evening, and his energy was nowhere close to the extent of the highest guys like Oscar Valdez, Tank Davis Ryan Garcia, or Teofimo Lopez.
Chronologically, Herring is 35-years-old, however he seems a lot older than that, seemingly in his 40s.
For that motive, you may’t get all that enthusiastic about Stevenson beating an outdated man with no punch, who occurs to be promoted by the identical Prime Rank firm that he’s.
This was an in-house struggle final evening, and it wasn’t a case of Shakur taking over the BEST at 130, and undoubtedly not somebody on the extent of Vasily Lomachenko, Tank Davis, Devin Haney, Teofimo, or Ryan Garcia.
You’ll be able to argue that Herring was a step down from Stevenson’s final opponent Jeremia Nakathilia, who’s a murderous puncher, and Shakur was utilizing his ugly ‘pull-back’ fashion of combating your entire contest after getting a style of Namibian’s energy early within the struggle.
Stevenson = subsequent Floyd Mayweather Jr?
“It was his hand-eye coordination, his decide of vary, and his punch choice,” mentioned Algieri when requested what he likes about Stevenson’s efficiency in opposition to Herring.
“He was so exact. Jamel has nice protection. Most fighters can not hit him, and Jamel couldn’t defend himself in opposition to the mixture punching of Shakur tonight.
“Was it too early when Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] mentioned he was going to do it? I imply, you by no means know,” Algieri mentioned on being requested if Shakur’s efficiency reveals that he’s the subsequent Mayweather. “That’s a part of the story.”
Chris Williams doesn’t see Shakur as being something like Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the kind of expertise that he possessed at an identical age.
You’ll be able to argue that Stevenson is a poor man’s model of Mayweather, however nowhere close to the fighter, he was when he was 24.
A greater comparability can be somebody like Pernell Whitaker or David Reid. I don’t see Shakur being on the identical galaxy talent-wise as Mayweather until we’re speaking about him in his 40s.
The true query is, can Shakur Stevenson turn into common like Mayweather was and make the identical type of dough as he did.
Sadly, don’t suppose that’s going to occur until Stevenson strikes as much as 147, and it’s uncertain that his physique can pack on one other 17 kilos with out him shedding his velocity.
If you happen to threw Stevenson within the ring with Terence Crawford, Jaron Ennis, or Vergil Ortiz Jr final evening, he would have been butchered by all of them.
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