Saturday, October 1, 2022

Shakur Stevenson: The next great American fighter


What’s more pressurised? Fighting an acclaimed rival champion in a world title unification, or proposing to your partner? Shakur Stevenson decided to do both on the same night.

In April in his most high-profile contest to date, Stevenson defeated Oscar Valdez to add the WBC title to the WBO super-featherweight belt he already held. Afterwards kneeling down in the ring he asked his girlfriend to marry him.

“Proposing was more pressure than fighting Oscar Valdez,” he smiled.

He insisted that the fight itself panned out just as he intended. “I’m very confident in myself,” he told Sky Sports. “You’ve got to realise, I put the work in. So once I put the work in, I know what I’m going to do come fight night.”

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