Featherweight Shakur Stevenson, a 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist and one of boxing's elite prospects, said on Wednesday that he is just rolling with the punches of a last-minute opponent change for his fight on Saturday night.
Stevenson was due to face Duarn Vue in his first scheduled 10-round bout, but Vue suffered an eye injury and was replaced by the more experienced and more highly regarded Viorel Simion late last week.
They will meet in the co-feature of the Terence Crawford-Jose Benavidez Jr. welterweight world title fight that will headline the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card on Saturday (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m.
Shakur Stevenson said Wednesday that his days as an amateur prepared him to face opponents without advance notice, so he's unfazed that he'll be fighting Viorel Simion on Saturday instead of Duarn Vue, who had to drop out of the bout due to an eye injury Mikey Williams/Top Rank
But this is going to be the toughest guy Shakur has fought.