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‘Everything takes patience’: Bob Arum says big fights for Shakur Stevenson will come

Bob Arum isn’t overreacting to the news of Shakur Stevenson’s supposed retirement, saying his big fights will come down the line.

Bob Arum understands Shakur Stevenson’s frustrations that everything isn’t coming as quickly as he wants.
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum shares his reaction to a couple of hot topics around the boxing world, including Teofimo Lopez calling out Terence Crawford and then reacting to Shakur Stevenson’s retirement announcement. Needless to say, Arum doesn’t react like he’s just lost a potential great.

Arum on if Teofimo Lopez could realistically fight Terence Crawford like he wants to

“I promote Teofimo. Teofimo says he wants that fight, so at least half of that fight I can say is gonna happen or should happen. I don’t promote Terence Crawford any longer, it’s up to Terence Crawford to see if he wants that fight and if he does I’m sure we’ll be able to put it together.”

On Shakur Stevenson announcing his retirement

“Shakur wanted to fight Navarrete, who is the 130 lb champion now moving up to 135. Navarrete was ordered if he wants to fight for a title to fight Berinchyk, which fight will happen. Then as far as Lomachenko is concerned, Loma got a bigger offer — we got a big offer for Loma to fight Kambosos for the IBF title in Australia, which he took.

“Shakur is the WBC champ. There are plenty of really good fighters for him to fight. Obviously down the road we’ll be able to do with Shakur and Lomachenko if Lomachenko is successful, or with Navarrete if Navarrete becomes the WBO 135 lb champion. Everything takes patience.

“Now Shakur is a tremendous talent but with a lot of tremendous talents, they become impatient. They want everything today or tomorrow. That’s not the way it happens in boxing. So I understand his frustration but I also think now that he’s had time to reflect he realizes now that he has to be patient and the big fights will come to him.”

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