Stephan Shaw declares he will be the next American heavyweight world champion and calls for Dillian Whyte in the UK | Boxing News

Stephen Shaw says he is confident he will become America’s next heavyweight champion and beat Britain’s Dillian Whyte in a possible rematch in the future.

The 30-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, has a chance to make a statement on Saturday night when he faces the dangerous Efe Ajagba in New York. Sky Sports Arena at 1 o’clock in the morning on Sunday.

Shaw has amassed a perfect 18-0 record, with 13 knockouts, since turning professional in 2013, but his career has gained real momentum in the past year as he has racked up three impressive victories.

VERONA, NEW YORK - JANUARY 12: Efe Ajagba (L) and Stephan Shaw (R) pose during a press conference ahead of their January 14 heavyweight fight at Turning Stone on January 12, 2023 in the City of New York.  (Photo by Mikey Williams/High Position Inc via Getty Images)
Ajagba (left) beats the former Olympian

“I feel like this is a great opportunity for me,” Shaw said Sky Sports. “This 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 prove that I am one of the best players in the world.

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“I want to show that I can beat a guy like that and I’m sure I can.”

While Deontay Wilder is back in action and looking for a chance to become a two-time world champion after his loss to Tyson Fury, the USA is desperate for a new star in the popular boxing division.

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Unbeaten 23-year-old Jared ‘Big Baby’ Anderson has been tipped as the future of American heavyweight boxing, but ‘Big Shot’ Shaw is adamant he is first in line.

“For sure, I feel like I’m the American heavyweight champion of the world,” he said.

“I’ve been doing this for a minute. It’s almost painful that eyes first saw me, I’m 21 years old, and I always wanted eyes to look at me.

“It’s not like other guys who fight at the top level that make people go, ‘Oh, you’ve already beaten the biggest fighters.’ It’s just that they get prime TV spots against C-level fighters.

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

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

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Another rising heavyweight Jared Anderson continued his 100% knockout record as he stopped Jerry Forrest and then challenged British champions Dillian Whyte and Daniel Dubois.

“I would love to fight in Britain,” Shaw said. “I was supposed to fight Jermaine Franklin in 2021 and it was going to be my first major fight, and I remember leading up to this fight, Eddie Hearn said that the winner of our fight would be an opponent like Dillian Whyte. .

But Jermaine Franklin issued a four-day notice with Covid. Then he quickly ended up getting the Dillian Whyte fight.

“I would love to have that opportunity. Franklin has never fought anyone, anywhere near Efe Ajagba, to that level.”

Whyte knocked Franklin out by majority decision after a close contest at Wembley Arena in November.

“He did really well against Dillian Whyte, and I felt like I could have done even better,” added Shaw. “I felt like I could, and could, beat Dillian Whyte.

“I feel like it’s going to be a great fight.”

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

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