Stevenson: You can give me Selby and Warrington
The prospect feels like he’s ready for top featherweights.
After making it look easy tonight against Viorel Simion in a first round stoppage win, Shakur Stevenson made some bold callouts in his post-fight interview with Bernardo Osuna of ESPN.
“Y’all can give me Lee Selby next, I feel like,” he said. “I feel I’ve been calling Lee Selby out since forever. I’ll go to England and fight Lee Selby, and after I fight Lee Selby, I’ll fight Josh Warrington, too.”
Stevenson, 21, is making some big challenges here for a guy at his level. He’s 9-0 (5 KO) and has looked good so far, but the gulf in class between Simion and the likes of Warrington or Selby is fairly big.
Warrington (27-0, 6 KO) holds the IBF featherweight title, which he won from Selby (26-2, 9 KO) in May of this year. Warrington is set to defend against Carl Frampton on December 22 in Manchester, so obviously he’s busy, which Selby isn’t, but I doubt Selby will be next for Stevenson. The kid has a lot of confidence in himself, and he should, he’s clearly got skills, but I just can’t imagine his team going with Selby next, not when Stevenson is so young and so promising. Maybe by the end of 2019 at the soonest, but certainly not next.