Arum: Shakur retired because Navarrete wants to fight Berinchik

Arum: Shakur retired because Navarrete wants to fight Berinchik

Navarrete moved up to super featherweight

WBC lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson decided to retire due to a failed fight with Emanuel Navarrete, who is the WBO super featherweight champion. This is what influenced Shakur’s career, says the promoter Bob Arum.

“Shakur wanted to fight Emanuel Navarrete, who is the WBO champion up to 130 pounds, but has now moved up to 135. Navarrete was told that if he wants to fight for the title, he must meet Denis Berinchyk, which he will do. This fight will take place.”

At the end of January, Shakur announced his retirement from his professional career. In November 2023, the American former world featherweight and second featherweight champion complained about the reluctance of Ukrainian Vasily Lomachenko to fight him. Shakur soon defeated Edwin De Los Santos by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC lightweight title.

Navarrete, 29, fought to a draw with Brazilian Robson Conceicao in November to retain his WBO super featherweight title.

In his next fight, Navarrete will face WBO International lightweight champion, Ukrainian Denis Berinchyk. The fight will be for the vacant WBO lightweight champion belt.

Source: Sportarena

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