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Buddy McGirt: I love Shakur Stevenson but he’s a protected fighter

McGirt says Stevenson is being very carefully handled in his career, making him look much better than he really is.

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

Well, it’s no secret that this is one of the slowest times of the year in boxing, so for the sake of content let’s check out the latest social media feud, this one between Buddy McGirt and Shakur Stevenson. McGirt was asked during an interview about his thoughts on Stevenson potentially going up against some of the top lightweights in the world, specifically Teofimo Lopez, and McGirt have his cold, honest assessment.

“Can I just tell you this, I love Shakur. I’ve known him since he was a kid, and I’m very happy for his success,” McGirt began. “Okay, but there’s an old saying the old school guys say, and that is ‘he’s protected.’ They put him in with the right guys, he’s fighting the right guys — on paper it looks like it’s supposed to be a tough fight, but in reality, no.

“Why? Because they’re building him up for that big fight. Because they know once he gets there, with the opposition that he’s facing, once he gets there it’s a wrap.

“He’s not gonna beat Teofimo. Teofimo will knock him out. I’m telling you he’ll knock him out, man. I know Shakur very well, Teofimo will knock him out. I watched that kid since he was a kid, Teofimo will knock him out in six, seven rounds.

“It’s nothing personal but I know that they’re protecting him.”

Shakur Stevenson caught wind of McGirt’s comments and obviously took them very personally, because he basically shitted on McGirt in a series of tweets.

I guess it’s safe to say McGirt and Stevenson will never be working together.

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