Shakur Stevenson needs Emanuel Navarrete: “He doesn’t strike me as a ducker like different fighters”

Shakur Stevenson has needed to get an enormous struggle for some time now, and he was tuned in as traditional on Saturday evening, seeing Emanuel Navarrete cease a really recreation Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz to retain his WBO featherweight title in Florida.

Stevenson (15-0, 8 KO) is the previous WBO featherweight titlist, profitable that belt in Oct. 2019 by beating Joet Gonzalez. He didn’t defend it — although he was meant to earlier than COVID wrecked plans final 12 months — and as a substitute moved as much as 130, chasing the person he felt averted him at 126, Oscar Valdez.

Valdez, after all, is now thought of the highest canine at 130 after his upset win over Miguel Berchelt. And Stevenson additionally has eyes on WBO titleholder Jamel Herring. If Herring doesn’t signal a contract to struggle the winner of Stevenson’s interim title struggle with Jeremiah Nakathila on June 12, that will likely be for the vacant WBO belt.

However Shakur has one other man in thoughts now, too, and it’s Navarrete, saying he figures the Mexican two-division titlist wouldn’t keep away from him as he feels others have carried out:

Navarrete (33-1, 28 KO) has designs on profitable a world title in a 3rd weight class, and admitted post-fight this night {that a} transfer to 130 might come quickly, if he can’t get an enormous title within the ring at featherweight. And the percentages of Navarrete getting Gary Russell Jr or Leo Santa Cruz — two names he threw out — appear fairly low.

If Stevenson have been to win the vacant WBO title June, or beat Herring for it later this 12 months, that struggle could be very doable. Navarrete shifting up would have the WBO proper to take an instantaneous title shot, be it towards Herring or Stevenson; proper now, Stevenson has the obligatory order, not less than if he beats Nakathila, ought to Herring not vacate. However Navarrete might await the winner.

High Rank has different fighters at 130 — once more, Herring and WBC titlist Oscar Valdez — however that is one we undoubtedly might see by the tip of 2021 or early in 2022, relying on how issues shake out. Each guys need huge fights. They might be an enormous struggle for each other.



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