What's next for Shakur Stevenson: unify or move up to lightweight?

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Shakur Stevenson is boxing's latest star after he became the WBO super-featherweight champion on Saturday night, beating Jamel Herring.

But what next for the 24-year-old: attempt to become the undisputed champion at super-featherweight or move up to lightweight?

Adam Catterall and Nick Peet discussed that very question on the latest instalment of JABS

Catterall wants Stevenson stay at 130lbs and face WBC champion Oscar Valdez in what could a thrilling contest.

"I want to go with what's Stevenson said in the ring afterwards. He's the king at 130. I think most people will conclude that but earlier on this year, we got a tremendous performance from Oscar Valdez against Berchelt," Catterall said. 

"It was a tremendous performance and okay, there's maybe a bit of a cloud over Valdez at the moment with everything that's happened in the aftermath of that particular fight."

"But that's the fight, that's the unification at 130lbs. Valdez versus Stevenson. What a fight that would be for the WBC and WBO super featherweight championships."

Peet on the other hand believes Stevenson's unfication quest would be a waste of time and instead should become a part of a star studded lightweight division.

"Get him up to lightweight now because we've got opposition who are at the top of the tree themselves," Peet stated. 

"Imagine Stevenson with the fast hands of Ryan Garcia, imagine Stephenson with the technical attributes of a Devin Haley, imagine Stevenson with the all round game of Lomachenko has got, imagine Stevenson, with his nasty sting and 'I'm trying to knock you out' shots that Teofimo Lopez has also got."

"He's got ingredients of them all mixed together in one big pot. Let's get them up there now. And let's set fire to not just the lightweight division, but all of boxing."

Watch The DAZN Boxing Show discuss Stevenson's bright future below. 

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