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Shakur Stevenson itching to get back to action following return win

Shakur Stevenson wasn’t challenged much in boxing’s return, and he wants to get back out ASAP.

Shakur Stevenson v Felix Caraballo Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Shakur Stevenson wasn’t tested in his June 9 return win over Felix Caraballo, and now the 22-year-old is looking to get back in the ring as quickly as he can.

Stevenson (14-0, 8 KO) did suffer a hand injury while beating the crap out of Caraballo, but it’s already been reported that it’s not serious and he should be able to fight again before the summer is officially over in late September.

Stevenson still officially holds the WBO featherweight title, but it seems inevitable that he’ll vacate that to stay at 130 pounds. He won the vacant belt last October and was set to defend against Miguel Marriaga on Mar. 14, but said early in the lockdown period that he was probably going up to 130 as a potential unification with Josh Warrington had fallen apart.

There may still be a way to get Stevenson to stay at 126 for another fight or two, but it would probably have to be an actual big fight, and Warrington and Gary Russell Jr would probably be the only names Stevenson would see as worth it, and he’s never talked about fighting Russell.

At 130, Top Rank has (or has connections to) WBC titleholder Miguel Berchelt, WBO titleholder Jamel Herring, Oscar Valdez, and Carl Frampton, among others. The good news is there are intriguing fights there. The bad news is they’re all being steered toward each other (Berchelt-Valdez and Herring-Frampton) at the moment.

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