“I feel like we are fighters at the end of the day,” Shakur Stevenson announced in a social media live stream. Clearly flustered that he isn’t receiving top-level opposition, the 19-0 fighter has called up some of the biggest names out there, such as Isaac Cruz and William Zepeda. “Sugar Ray Leonard and all those guys were 25, 24 fighting each other,” Stevenson said. “If I’m willing to make these fights happen and these dudes don’t, you’re right to call them ducks.” Stevenson then differentiated himself from those of whom he is critical. “I’m not avoiding smoking,” he said. “I’m not saying no to any fights.”
The 25 year spent some time focusing on Cruz. “Show me you’re a killer,” she said of Cruz’s vicious reputation. “I want to see how much of a killer you are, ‘Pitbull’.” Even William Zepeda could not escape Stevenson’s wrath. “Zepeda, he’s slow as a motherfucker,” Stevenson said. “I don’t know why they think he’s a killer.” During the nearly half-hour live stream, Stevenson stressed how seriously he takes sports, how he spends a lot of time in the gym and studies the history of sweet science.
“They’re not going to like this version of me,” Stevenson said of his potential competitor who saw or heard the stream. She then went on to offer advice to fighters who are new to the game. “Young fighters, don’t believe everything that’s happening on social media,” she said. “Don’t let these other boxers influence you… stay in the gym, be ready, be fit all year round. You must always be fit. Stevenson pointed out the kind of behavior young fighters should avoid. “A lot of these dudes start making money and you just see them at the gym whenever a fight date comes up,” she said.
“Make boxing your life,” he advised. “If you believe in yourself and believe in your talent, this shit can change your life forever. All you have to do is apply. Stevenson then indicated that what young fighters see popular fighters doing on Instagram should be taken with a grain of salt. “This shit ain’t real life,” she said. Stevenson won world titles in two weight divisions and will now move up to lightweight, one of the hottest divisions in the contemporary boxing scene.