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Stephan Shaw declares he will be the next American world heavyweight champion and calls Dillian Whyte to the UK


Stephan Shaw says he is confident of becoming the next American heavyweight boxing champion and beating Britain’s Dillian Whyte in a potential future match.

The 30-year-old from St Louis, Missouri gets his chance to make a statement on Saturday night when he takes on the dangerous Efe Ajagba in New York, live on Sky Sports Arena at 1 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Shaw has amassed a perfect 18-0 record, with 13 knockouts, since turning pro in 2013, but his career finally took on real momentum last year as he picked up three impressive wins.

Ajagba (left) hits the former Olympian hard

“I feel like this is a big opportunity for me,” Shaw said. sky sports. “It will bring more eyes and let the world know that Stephan Shaw is a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.

“I just want to show that I belong to some of the best in the world. Not just heavyweights, just some of the best fighters in the world.

“I want to show that I can beat a guy of this caliber and I’m very confident that I can do that.”

With Deontay Wilder active again and looking for an opportunity to become a two-time world champion after his losses to Tyson Fury, the United States is desperate for a new star in boxing’s most popular division.

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“Absolutely, I feel like the next American world heavyweight champion,” he said.

“I’ve been doing this for a minute. It’s almost sad that the eyes only stare at me, I’ve been a pro since I was 21 and always wanted the eyes to be on me.

“It’s not like other guys are fighting in a high-level competition that makes people think, ‘Oh, he’s beaten great fighters before. It’s just that they get main tier TV spots against C tier fighters.

“And here I am, my first real main event, and I’m fighting a fighter with Olympic training.”

If things had gone his way, Shaw may already be a household name in the UK.

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Another rising heavyweight, Jared Anderson, continued his menacing 100% knockout record by stopping Jerry Forrest and then challenging British rivals Dillian Whyte and Daniel Dubois.

“I would love to fight in Britain,” Shaw said. “I was supposed to fight Jermaine Franklin in 2021 and that was going to be my first main event fight, and I remember doing that fight, Eddie Hearn had mentioned that the winner of our fight could have been a possible opponent for Dillian Whyte.

“But Jermaine Franklin pulled out on four days notice with Covid. Then, moving fast, he ended up fighting Dillian Whyte.

“I would have loved to have had this opportunity. Franklin did not fight anyone of any caliber anywhere near Efe Ajagba to reach this plateau.”

Whyte edged Franklin on a majority decision following a close contest at Wembley Arena in November.

“He did really well against Dillian Whyte, and I felt like he could have done even better,” Shaw added. “I felt like I could and am capable of beating Dillian Whyte.

“I feel like it would be a great fight.”

Watch Ajagba v Shaw live on Sky Sports Arena at 1am Sunday morning.

Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith is on Saturday January 21, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book it now if you are a Sky TV subscriber or one Not subscribed to Sky TV. Buy your tickets here.

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