Shakur Stevenson welcomes future fight with Frank Martin

Shakur Stevenson is ready to conquer his third weight class.

The former Olympic silver medalist, who has won world titles at 126 and 130 pounds, is officially campaigning as a lightweight. The 25-year-old was stripped of his WBC and WBO 130-pound title belts last September 23 when he failed to make weight ahead of his showdown against Robson Conceicao in a hometown defense. Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs), who stated his body was no longer capable of making the junior lightweight limit, wound up dominating him anyway, winning a one-sided unanimous decision.

While Frank Martin isn't officially on his hit list, Stevenson is acknowledging his presence and potential. The soon-to-be 28-year-old defeated Michel Rivera by unanimous decision on December 17 in Las Vegas. Billed as a bout that could produce a breakout boxing star of the year, Martin instead dominated the fight and dropped the overly confident Rivera in round seven with a left uppercut followed by a right hand that sent him to the deck.

“I promise you I will fight [Martin] in a heartbeat,” said Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) on social media.

The 27-year-old Martin (17-0, 12 KOs), a protégé of three-belt unified welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr., however, is also targeting a fight with undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney. If that fails to come to fruition, Martin has stated that he is also willing to face top contender Isaac Cruz and Roland "Rolly" Romero, whom Spence, Martin's promoter, has referred to as "a tuneup."

“I'm ready. I'm ready for all of them," said Martin following his win over Rivera. "Hopefully they see what's up."

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