Although he’s a man of few words, Stephan Shaw admits that the unhurried and mundane pace in which his career is going, is a frustrating one.
With a sparkling record consisting of 17 victories against zero defeats, the 30-year-old contender finds it difficult to believe that his name isn't mentioned amongst the heavyweight division’s best. While his road to fame and notoriety remains a long and arduous one, Shaw promises to rip through his competition on his way to gold.
“I really don’t know,” said Shaw to BoxingScene.com when asked why he hasn't received more exposure. “I really don’t know at all. I was a two-time national champion. I don’t know why it’s been like this but I just been grinding. I feel like I'm gonna destroy whoever they put in front of me.”
Before closing out his year, Shaw will attempt to put an exclamation point on what has been a terrific 2022. Following back-to-back stoppage victories against Joey Dawejko and Bernardo Marquez, Shaw plans on making it a short and painful night when he takes on Rydell Booker later tonight at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.
Booker, 41, has seen better days. With a five-fight winless streak that stretches into 2019, the heavyweight veteran is desperate to return to the win column. Ultimately, despite his war-stained record, Booker has proved to be, if nothing else, durable. With only one defeat coming via stoppage, Booker has given fits to heavyweight contenders such as Kubrat Pulev, Jermaine Franklin, and Otto Wallin.
Still, regardless of his inner toughness, Shaw confesses that the moment the opening bell rings, he’ll come out like a man possessed.
“I’m going for the knockout, I’m going for the stoppage.”
Though he’s likely to secure the victory against the long-faded contender, Shaw is well aware that his championship aspirations are still a long ways away. Nevertheless, while the boxing public is still unfamiliar with his overall skills, Shaw is confident that, if just given a chance and legitimate backing, he’ll prove to the rest of his naysayers that he’s not only the real deal but an upper-echelon fighter.
“I definitely feel like I’m ready for a world title push. I’m one of the best fighters in the world right now. I just haven't got that push behind me.”