Former WBO featherweight champion Shakur ‘Fearless’ Stevenson 15-0 (8) has made the bold claim that he can win world championships in five separate weight classes.
The 23-year-old southpaw is the mandatory challenger to WBO super featherweight champion Jamel ‘Semper Fi’ Herring 23-2 (11) who defeated Carl Frampton 28-3 (16) by sixth-round knockout in Dubai on Saturday night.
Herring said after the fight that he wants to face WBC 130-pound champion Oscar Valdez 29-0 (23) next but the WBO has given his team 30 days to declare in writing their intention to either face the winner of the Stevenson versus Jeremiah Nakathila 21-1 (17) bout scheduled for June 12 or vacate the title.
Undefeated Mexican Valdez dominated reigning WBC champion Miguel Berchelt 37-2 (33) in Las Vegas in February to claim the green belt by 10th round knockout.
Valdez remains another target for the ambitious Stevenson.
“Oscar Valdez got to get it though, seriously. He’s the best fighter at 130-pounds other than me. I thought Miguel Berchelt would kill him,” Stevenson said to The Sun.
“I’m a dominant person, I like to win. I don’t like nothing close, I don’t want competitive fights, I want to dominate my opponents.
“My style is defensive but I’ve got an all-round style, really. It’s defence first… but if you watch somebody like Erislandy Lara, that’s real defence. He’s moving backwards and around the ring all the time.
“With me, watch my last fight, I ain’t doing that, I’m right there in front of people but it’s just that they can’t hit me.”
Lightweight remains a marquee division with Teofimo ‘The Takeover’ Lopez 16-0 (12) leading the pack following his underdog win over unified champion and pound-for-pound level fighter Vasiliy Lomachenko 14-2 (10) in Las Vegas last October.
Young hotshots Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 24-0 (23), Ryan ‘KingRy’ Garcia 21-0 (18) and Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 25-0 (15) are also in the mix at the weight.
But Stevenson’s aspirations don’t stop at lightweight. He firmly believes he will grow into a fully-fledged junior welterweight and, eventually, a welterweight.
“I can go to 140-pounds, to 147-pounds, for sure. A lot of people think I’m little but I’m not. With my skillset, I know I won’t be outgunned going to the higher weights,” the 5-foot-8 Stevenson said.
“Maybe I’ll be the one on the back end at 135-pounds to be the last man standing. We’re going to have to see each other regardless. Tank [Davis] ain’t getting any bigger, I’m the one getting bigger. So we got to sit back and wait and see how things play out.”