Ryan Garcia is not a fan of newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson’s lackluster unanimous decision win and performance Thursday night against Edwin De Los Santos.
Stevenson landed a total of 65 punches while De Los Santos fired back with 40 of his own in their 12-round milquetoast matchup in Las Vegas.
Garcia first ripped Stevenson on social media during the fight, stating: “Imagine going to the fight for Formula 1 weekend. I would ask for my money back and go straight to bed. That's how sleepy I'd be from being there. Tell me who wins. I can't keep my eyes open. Good night.”
Garcia then drove his jab even more after having time to further reflect and react to the three-division champion Stevenson’s performance.
“Shakur, he's been getting on my nerves since the amateurs. He's so arrogant, and I don't say that about nobody,” Garcia said in an interview with BoxingScene.com.
“But man, he just walks around like his sh!t don't stink. And he talks sh!t about everybody and thinks he's some type of dude who knows everything about boxing. Well, if you knew everything about boxing, then why the hell did you not get to [De Los Santos]. He was scared of him and didn't throw any punches ... he has to humble himself a little bit ... you're boring as sh!t, and everybody knows it. That was boring. That was the best night of sleep I've ever had.”
Following the fight, Stevenson promoter Bob Arum said the 26-year-old was dealing with various ailments coming into the bout. Stevenson said De Los Santos was fighting scared, while De Los Santos fired back saying that Stevenson treated the fight like a track meet.
Stevenson acknowledged he had a bad performance while also adding that he must accept any criticism that comes with it because he talks "so much sh!t."
Perhaps the 140-pound Garcia (23-1, 19 KOs) and 135-pound Stevenson (21-0, 10 KOs) can settle their score in the ring one day.
Garcia will return following his April stoppage loss to Gervonta Davis on Dec. 2 to take on Oscar Duarte (26-1-1, 21 KOs) at the Toyota Center in Houston on DAZN.
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