Shakur Stevenson says it’d be a baaad mistake for Vasyl Lomachenko to step in the boxing ring with him … telling TMZ Sports he’ll straight up whoop his ass!!
23-year-old Stevenson — one of the most talented, young boxers in the world — is fighting Toka Kahn Clary Saturday night (more on that later) … a fight Shakur says is a warm-up for Loma.
Of course, 32-year-old Loma lost to 23-year-old Teofimo Lopez — a big-time upset — in October … but is still considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
Shakur only has 14 pro fights (14-0, 8 KO’s) … but believes if he ends up in the same ring as Loma, he’ll “beat him worst than what Teofimo did.”
Why’s he so confident about beating a guy who will go down as a legendary fighter??
Shakur thinks Lomachenko lacks heart.
“I don’t even think [the Lopez loss was about] power. If I’m gonna be honest with you, I ain’t think the power play a part in the fight. It had to do a lot with heart,” Stevenson says.
“If we being real, ain’t no fighter can win no fight going in for 6 rounds straight and not throwing no punches at all. I think that’s heart.”
First, Shakur has to beat Clary this weekend, which — according to Stevenson — ain’t gonna be an issue … ’cause SS told us there’s NO WAY he can lose to the dude.
“I think there’s levels to this thing. I just feel like I’m on a high level. I feel like the level that I’m on — he’s a solid opponent, like, if he was fighting anybody else, he’ll be a solid opponent, but I just feel with me, I’m like on a whole ‘nother level!”
Shakur Stevenson exclusive: ‘I’d love to be the person to retire Frampton’
In an explosive exclusive interview, speaking to Marc Gatford via the MyBetingSites.co.uk blog, unbeaten American prospect Shakur Stevenson reveals his plans for Carl Frampton, ahead of his matchup with Toka Khan Clary on December 12.
“His punk a** doesn’t want to fight me, that dude, I think he’s scared to fight me. If he comes through [against] Herring I’m going to f** him up.
“I don’t think he’ll fight me, I think even if he wins he was talking about retiring, I don’t think he really wants to fight me.”
“I would love to come to the lions den in Belfast and beat-up on Frampton. I’d love to be the person to retire Frampton.
“Frampton has got the perfect style for me, the sit back and box, looking for hard, big punches – that s**t won’t work. Over the course of the fight, I’ll stop him.”
“I think Jamel will beat Frampton, I think Frampton is too small. I think Jamel will out box him and use his reach and range against Frampton, I can’t see him finding a way to hit or reach Jamel. Herring is a really big 130-pounder.”
“I haven’t forgotten about [Josh] Warrington, I don’t think he’ll be at 126 for too much longer. I think Warrington is a decent fighter, better than people give him credit for. He’s a pressure fighter but he’s made for me as a boxer.”
“Tune in December 12, i’m going to put on an amazing performance and i’m going to show why everybody believes why I’m one of the best young fighters in the sports. It’s going to be fireworks.”