Arum Rules Out Shakur Stevenson vs. Michael Conlan in Future

When they first turned pro, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum had predicted a future fight down the line between Olympians Shakur Stevenson and Michael Conlan.

But now Arum doubts that a fight between the two of them will actually take place in the future.

He expects Stevenson and Conlan to head off into separate directions.


Both boxers signed on with Top Rank in the aftermath of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Conlan is heading into a rematch with Olympic rival Vladimir Nikitin at the Feile an Phobail on August 3rd.

Arum says Stevenson is heading in the direction of world title shot in the near future and is going to be moving up through several divisions.

On the other hand, Arum could see Conlan moving down to super bantamweight to gain a world title shot at 122-pounds.

“[Stevenson vs. Conlan] won’t happen because one is going in one direction weight-wise and the other is staying the same," Arum said to Irish Boxing.

“It seems to be that Shakur is much younger and bigger. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Shakur as a welterweight, he’s naturally much bigger than Mick. We’re dealing with babies, you don’t know how they’re going to grow.

“Mick is older, he’s more advanced [physically], and we generally believe that he’ll be staying at this weight. Shakur, no, maybe he picks up a title at 126lbs, but everything about him when you look at him suggests he’s going to be a 147 fighter. Shakur is a tremendous boxer. He’s not that exciting but he is like the second coming of Floyd Mayweather. He really is something special.

“Mick could be going to 122, that’s what they’re talking about. We have champions at 122 and 126, when he’s ready we’ll pull the chain – it may be the end of this year or certainly in the first three or four months of next year.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sicko on 05-26-2019

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;19773513]He a GROWN ass man who sucker punches women who turn his ugly ass down! But make excuses for him all u want...[/QUOTE] ZERO excuses was made for him in my reply read it again

Comment by Shadoww702 on 05-26-2019

[QUOTE=Brettcappe;19773326]I was at Nikitin's last fight on the same card as Conlan. He won a tough 6 round decision and when he walked past us he looked beaten up pretty good. The guy he fought had previously lost every round…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 05-26-2019

[QUOTE=sicko;19773366]You can make all the goofy jokes you want about his Incident in Miami which he deserves because it was very STUPID on his part no doubt about that. Make no mistake about it Stevenson though, he is a special…

Comment by sicko on 05-26-2019

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;19773317]Man Shakur couldn’t beat two women up!!! WTF are you smoking??? Even sucker punching them didn’t help LMFAO!!!! You like COWARDS like him????[/QUOTE] You can make all the goofy jokes you want about his Incident in Miami which he deserves…

Comment by Brettcappe on 05-26-2019

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;19773312]Very few are ever elite. I agree with your assessment of he’s a C+ B- fighter. Let’s see how he does with TR putting $$$ on him. Hopefully he uses that extra cash for proper training team. I’m surprised Nitkin…

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