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Atlas’s Suspicion: Prime Rank Wished Shakur Stevenson Out


Teddy Atlas, pod host, suspects that Prime Rank didn’t need to re-sign Shakur Stevenson as a result of he wasn’t good for enterprise. They wouldn’t have let him get near free company in the event that they needed to maintain Shakur.

Prime Rank’s Hidden Agenda

Atlas believes Prime Rank deliberately matched Shakur (22-0, 10 KOs) in opposition to a weaker opponent, Artem Harutyunyan, final Saturday night time, realizing there was a great likelihood he would fail to impress in victory. They knew he’d win, however he would present his shortcomings.

Shakur may have impressed by destroying Harutyunyan, however that’s not his type of preventing. He did attempt to rating a knockout, however he couldn’t do it and wound up wanting poor as all the time.

Primarily based on that efficiency, Atlas believes that Shakur might have problem discovering one other promoter involved in signing him until they’ll produce Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis for him, which might make some huge cash in a one-fight deal. Aside from that, Shakur isn’t value paying a lot to, and his fights fail to herald rankings, promote tickets, or do effectively on PPV.

Atlas Questions Prime Rank’s Motives

“I don’t suppose they needed to signal him. They let him grow to be a free agent,” stated Teddy Atlas on his YouTube channel about his perception that Prime Rank wasn’t actually involved in re-signing Shakur Stevenson.

“In the event that they needed him, they wouldn’t have let him get that far. They picked an opponent that wasn’t that tough,” stated Atlas on Prime Rank selecting a straightforward possibility, giving him Artem Harutyunyan for Shakur’s last battle of his contract with them.

Shakur doubtless needed an enormous contract for him to re-sign with Prime Rank, which wouldn’t have made sense for them until he turned a PPV attraction and if they might match him in opposition to Tank Davis and Vasily Lomachenko.

Stevenson would doubtless by no means be a PPV draw until he was preventing these two, and it’s questionable whether or not Prime Rank may have made these fights.

“In the event that they actually needed to eliminate him, they might have put him in with a man they thought may beat him, as a result of then they know he’s leaving. In order that they attempt to do him a unclean on the way in which out. They know that, and so they couldn’t afford to pay for that,” stated Atlas.

“In order that they went the opposite route. ‘We’re going to provide him a man he ought to shine with,’ and I believe they thought he wouldn’t as a result of they know what he’s. He’s a terrific expertise, however he’s not thrilling.

“You place him in with a man that he can dismantle, however you additionally know he may present his shortcomings, too. It’s an leisure enterprise. He’s going to point out why we let his contract run out. Prime Rank made him a millionaire,” stated Atlas about Shakur.

Stevenson doubtless didn’t get the cash in his contract with Prime Rank that we noticed Ryan Garcia get from one battle in opposition to Tank Davis. Shakur’s failure to grow to be a PPV attraction for Prime Rank damage his money-making potential.

“They put him in a battle the place he’s going to sink or swim and present whether or not he’s going to get every other folks , clamoring once more and networks clamoring to place him on. I don’t know many individuals that will pay $80 for PPV for him,” stated Atlas about Shakur.

Stevenson’s efficiency in opposition to Hartuyunyan won’t damage his marketability if a possible promoter like Matchroom, PBC, or Mayweather Promotions can produce Tank Davis or if they’ll defend him lengthy sufficient to show him into one other Floyd clone.

Shakur doesn’t have Mayweather’s expertise, however he’s boastful like he was throughout his profession and has an identical manner of getting followers to observe his fights by them desirous to see him lose.

Stevenson’s Marketability and Future Choices

“If that’s the case, why would Prime Rank need to re-sign him? It’s a enterprise. It’s about what number of seats he can promote and the PPV he can promote. If that was their purpose, they achieved that,” stated Atlas about Prime Rank, placing Shakur in with a fighter he was alleged to dominate however didn’t, reducing his marketability as he was going out the door into free company.

It’s not Prime Rank’s fault that Shakur didn’t impress in opposition to a fighter that he was alleged to dominate. If Shakur is as he tells followers, he ought to have destroyed Harutyunyan, on condition that he’s a fringe contender coming off a loss to Frank Martin.

This was somebody that different light-weight fighters would have simply overwhelmed. Even the 20-year-old prospect Abdullah Mason would have doubtless made straightforward work of Harutyunyanm, however he’s not rated within the prime 15 at light-weight.

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John Anderson
John Andersonhttp://usdailysports.com
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.

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