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Shakur Stevenson wants Oscar Valdez next, says ‘no way’ Vasiliy Lomachenko can beat him

The rising star says he’s looking for big fights in the near future.

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

Shakur Stevenson is the latest young boxing star to appear on Brian Custer’s Last Stand Podcast and had a lot to say about what he’s looking to do in his career at this point while also giving his take on some prospective matchups out there for him. Check out some excerpts of what Stevenson had to say with the full video interview above.

On wanting a fight against Oscar Valdez in June

“I think he’s the better fighter out of everybody in the division, I think he established himself as one of the top fighters and I feel the top fighter in the division so I want Valdez more for sure. I don’t know if he really wants to fight me, but our teams are talking and we going to see.”

On the belief that he’s an avoided fighter

“I feel like a lot of fighters don’t want to fight me, I feel like I had opportunities to fight in big fights but I can’t in those big fights because of other fighters, it’s not me. I just feel like these guys always find a way out and I’m the Boogeyman.”

On his interest in facing Chris Colbert

“I could definitely see that fight, that would be a big fight. ‘B-Hop’ has been putting on great performances, I don’t take nothing away from him. I think a lot of people are going to have trouble with ‘B-Hop,’ I think ‘B-Hop’ is a real good fighter, I just think there’s levels, there’s levels when it comes to boxing. I know what he don’t know, that’s all I’m going to say.”

(Editor’s note: Colbert ditched the “Lil B-Hop” nickname back in 2019 in favor of “Primetime,” but maybe it’s like when you have a nickname as a kid and everyone who knew you then is always going to call you that no matter what. — Scott)

On a potential fight against Vasiliy Lomachenko

“There’s no way he can beat me. It’s impossible, I would not let him beat me. Ain’t no way a scared man can beat me, I feel like there was a lot of fear in that Teofimo fight, and I just don’t think a scared man can beat me!”

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