Shakur Stevenson is on to the next opponent after Frank Martin changes his mind on fighting one of the best defensive fighters in boxing.
It’s already on to the next one for Shakur Stevenson.
Leoworldnews.com has confirmed that Frank Martin will no longer proceed with a planned WBC lightweight title fight versus Stevenson. An effort to finalize the planned November 16 ESPN main event in Las Vegas was instead met with the response from Martin’s team that they were no longer moving forward with those plans.
ESPN boxing insider Mike Coppinger was the first to report the development, which Top Rank officials confirmed to BoxingScene.com.
The news comes just four days after it was believed that the fight was set to grace the fall schedule. The two sides reportedly reached a deal in principle, hours before a scheduled purse bid hearing on Tuesday. Stevenson (20-0, 10KOs) was always on board with the fight as he aims to become a three-division titlist.
It was believed at the time that Martin (18-0, 12KOs)—who is promoted by Errol Spence’s Man Down Promotions—was just as eager for the fight. As previously reported by Boxing Scene’s Keith Idec, the two sides came to a financial agreement for the ordered vacant title fight. That changed in the past 24 hours, once Martin’s side was presented with a contract but instead opted to walk from what would have been his first title fight.
Newark’s Stevenson—who is promoted by Top Rank and co-managed by J. Prince and Josh Dubin—has already laid down the gauntlet for his next targeted opponent.
“Most ducked fighter in the sport of boxing,” Stevenson posted on his Instagram story Saturday afternoon. “Edwin get ready I’m tired of yo bitch ass saying my name.”
The fight to whom Stevenson referred is Edwin De Los Santos (16-1, 14KOs). The 23-year-old Dominican southpaw has been relentless in a year-long pursuit to land a fight with the 2016 Olympic Silver medalist and former two-division titlist.
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