Bradley on Stevenson: ‘He will be pound-for-pound number one’

In front of 5,150 fans at Prudential Center, in his hometown of Newark, NJ,  Shakur Stevenson knocked out two-time world title challenger Alberto “Metro” Guevara (27-5, 12 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder on Saturday night.

“That was a great performance I put on for the city of Newark. Top Rank, y’all all have to give me better competition. I want the IBF and WBO {titles}. I would love to go to England to fight Josh Warrington,” Stevenson said. “I surprised myself today. I was going to the body a lot. I saw him at the weigh-in. He didn’t look like he was in shape.

Many were raving about Stevenson’s performance, including former world champion Timothy Bradley, who called the fight for ESPN.

“He’s the past; he’s the present. Without a doubt, he’s going to take over the 126-pound division in due time, when the time is right,” Bradley said after the fight. “I think he is ready to face a champion, honestly. He has to be challenged… We haven’t seen the best of Shakur Stevenson yet.

“When you have that much skill, this is his C-game, that is his C-game right there,” Bradley said. “That’s not his B-game or A-game. Put him in there with one of those champions, man. You can’t wait for greatness, man. You gotta make it. Apply yourself now. Why wait? Why waste time?

When it’s all said and done, Bradley expects Stevenson to be one of the pound-for-pound best in boxing.

“Shakur is the truth, man. I’m serious. I’m letting y’all know right now. He will be, just like I said Terence Crawford is pound-for-pound number one; he will be pound-for-pound number one as well.”

Photo/Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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