Shakur Stevenson Shocks Fans: Announces Retirement Following Missed Navarrete Fight

Shakur Stevenson has dropped a bombshell by announcing his retirement from boxing, surprising fans after his recent victory over Edwin De Los Santos for the WBC Lightweight Championship.

Despite securing the title, Stevenson faced criticism for his defensive style, partly attributed to a pre-fight hand injury that limited his performance.



Expressing a desire to improve, Stevenson, with one fight remaining on his Top Rank deal, intended to explore free agency for potential matchups with fighters like Devin Haney or Gervonta Davis aligned with DAZN or PBC, respectively.

The retirement decision remains unclear, but it coincided with the WBO's order for Emanuel Navarrete vs. Denys Berinchyk, eliminating Stevenson's chance to unify the division. Frustrated with the sport, Stevenson now shifts his focus to mentoring the next generation of fighters.



Teofimo Lopez pulled a similar move when he won the WBO Junior Welterweight Title against Josh Taylor. Initially retiring and demanding a nine-figure payout, Lopez later revealed it was a publicity stunt.

It remains uncertain if Stevenson is strategically waiting for the best deal. Floyd Mayweather, too, had a history of retiring and returning. Stevenson's retirement announcement has surprised boxing fans, with some questioning its authenticity due to the potential he holds, while others remain skeptical about his retirement.





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