Even without a world title, Shakur Stevenson is taking on a champion mentality. Despite not having a belt to defend, the fighter who recently stopped Shuichiro Yoshino in the sixth-round of a scheduled twelve round bout in a homecoming bout for Stevenson in his native land of Newark, New Jersey.
Stevenson is now the WBC number one contender for the lightweight world title. The current WBC lightweight world champion is Devin Haney, who holds all four world titles and will put his title on the line against Vasiliy Lomachenko on May 20th, in Las Vegas, Nevada
“I feel like a superstar, I am performing like a superstar, and I just have to stay focused,” said Shakur Stevenson to the DAZN Boxing Show. “Anybody can get it [in the lightweight division], I think I am the best fighter in the division.”
Stevenson called out Devin Haney after his fight on April 7th, but insisted that it isn’t just Haney, who he wants next. Though Haney was the first name out of his mouth, Stevenson wants all the best fighters, and as a soon as possible.
Stevenson suggested an idea for how he finds his next opponent on the DAZN Boxing Show. Stevenson believes the easiest solution is simply putting the names of all the top fighters in a plastic bag, and simply picking a name.
“[If] They want to fight me, I’m ready,” said Stevenson. “I think we just get a bag, put [all the biggest names in the lightweight division in it]. You can put every name in a plastic bag and pull it out [and I’d fight them]."