Former two-division world champion Shakur Stevenson fresh off his victory over Robson Conceicao this past Friday in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, is not pleased with the credit he is getting for his accomplishments.
“I’m definitely proving that I’m a bigger star than everybody give me credit for,” Stevenson said in the post-fight press conference. “A lot of people try to act like I’m down here and all these 135-pounders is up here. But clearly, I just did a show in my hometown and did big numbers here.”
Stevenson after the fight called out Devin Haney as well as Vasyl Lomachenko, amongst other high-profile lightweights. It is clear - Stevenson has long been touted as one of the best fighters, but Stevenson wants to not just be seen as one of the best fighters, but one of the bigger attractions in the sport.
“Tickets sold extraordinarily good, a lot more than we anticipated,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum when speaking to BoxingScene.com about the event. “We [had to open up] some new sections because demand was so good.”
Stevenson is looking to target big-name fighters and focus on potentially ending up on pay-per-view by as soon as next year.
“So, I appreciate all my family and friends, and all the fans that came out to support me,” said Stevenson. “… It made me feel good. I’m glad that I got the support of my whole city. And I pray and hope that my city keeps supporting me the way that they do.”