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Shakur Stevenson says the lightweight division is overrated

by Anthony Cocks

WBC and WBO super featherweight champion Shakur ‘Fearless’ Stevenson 19-0 (9) believes the lightweight division gets more props than it deserves.

The 135-pound weight class is widely regarded as on of the deepest in boxing, with Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 29-0 (15) holding all four major world titles with former unified world champions George Kambosos Jr 20-2 (10) and Vasiliy Lomachenko 17-2 (11) competing in the division alongside leading contender Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 27-0 (25).

Despite the apparent depth, 25-year-old southpaw Stevenson believes the division is overrated.

“I think 135 is an overrated division,” Stevenson told FightHype. “I think that all these dudes have been at the same weight all this time, and nobody really fought nobody.”

Teofimo Lopez 17-1 (13) moved up to junior welterweight following his split decision loss to Kambosos a year ago. Kambosos would go on to lose back-to-back fights against Haney in Australia this year.

Brooklyn’s Lopez, 25, shocked the boxing world when he won a unanimous decision over 34-year-old Ukrainian southpaw Lomachenko in October 2020.

Lomachenko and Haney are the only two boxers that Stevenson rates at 135-pounds.

“The only person that fought people that I can give credit for is Teofimo when he fought Lomachenko when Lomachenko was still on top and Devin when he fought Kambosos,” Stevenson said.

“Them dudes being at the same late, I feel everybody should have been fighting each other. We don’t know how good they are against someone like themselves.

“I can’t look at it like there are some killers in the division. It’s an overrated division. At least 147, besides Errol [Spence] and Terence [Crawford], them dudes was getting in the ring and fighting each other.

“I just feel like it’s an overrated division. They give these dudes a lot of credit and I don’t feel like they’ve been in the big, big fights yet. I don’t look at it the same way everybody else looks at it.”

Read more: https://www.ringnews24.com/2022/11/30/shakur-stevenson-says-the-lightweight-division-is-overrated/

Is Shakur right or wrong?

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This is a whole lot of TopRank promotional hot air. Tim Bradley recently "authored" a story whose theme was who can challenge Shakur at 135. Like he rules the division already. Cmon man he's not even there yet. Shakur should know plenty about not fighting anyone. It's how TopRank operates. He sailed through 126 and 130 with a modicum of heavy lifting. Valdez, yes; I'm not saying Shakur's done nothing. But Teofimo's gone to 140 so Shakur stays away from him. Haney and Loma look to be on a collision course. Shakur could put a shopworn Loma's name on his CV down the road. TopRank won't likely match Shakur outside their own stable. Bob may be learning something from Haymon/PBC; buy up the division and keep the fights in house. It'll still be awhile before Shakur even gets the chance to live up to the hype.

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