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Shakur Stevenson: I think I’m better than Floyd Mayweather was at this stage of his career

Stevenson says he aims to surpass Mayweather’s career accomplishments and believes he’s well on his way.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During this video interview with featherweight titleholder Shakur Stevenson, he shares some of his lofty goals for his career and while expressing admiration for Floyd Mayweather, says he believes he’s already better than Floyd was at the same point of his career.

Stevenson on the comparisons to Mayweather:

“I mean, I understand the [comparison]...’cause if you watch Floyd career, as he got older and older he became like a real good defensive fighter, defensive wizard, and I’m real good at that stuff too. So I understand it but I still feel like I’m the first Shakur Stevenson and I want to outdo Floyd. I think I’m, what, 13-0 right now. I think I’m better than what Floyd was when he was 13-0, if I’m being honest. And I think that I could outdo him.

“What is he, 50-0? I could outdo that. I want to go past that, that’s my goal. So I want to outdo him...Floyd is like the greatest fighter I came up watching. Like Floyd is the greatest fighter from what I got to see, but I just want to be better.”

On if he’s tried to pattern any of his game after Floyd:

“Yeah, there’s a lot of stuff in Floyd’s game that I done watched and took with me...Like I said, he’s one of the greatest fighters to ever do it and I respect his boxing game a lot.”

On the one biggest thing he’s learned from Floyd:

“How to control distance with my feet. I feel like Floyd controlled distance with his feet real good and I think I do that just as good as him.”

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