Stephan Shaw has shown his confidence many times, including now. Shaw believes that he would defeat Dillian Whyte in the future, but before that, he will face a challenge in the form of Efe Ajagba. "I feel like this is a great opportunity for me," Shaw told 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 show that I belong with some of the best in the world. Not just heavyweight, just some of the best fighters in the world.
I want to show that I can beat a guy of this calibre and I'm very confident that I can do it." Shaw is not happy that he is only now getting the attention he needed to get. This is exactly what gives him the motive to show his qualities.
"Absolutely, I feel like I'm the next American heavyweight world champion," he said. "I've been doing this for a minute. It's sad almost that the eyes are only just getting on me, I've been pro since I was 21 years old, and I always wanted the eyes to be on me.
It's not like other guys are fighting top level competition that's making people be like, 'oh, he's beaten great fighters already.' It's just they're getting main level TV spots against C-level fighters. And here I am, my first real main event, and I'm fighting a fighter with an Olympic background."
He is sorry for missing an opportunity he should have gotten.
"I would love to fight in Britain," Shaw said. "I was supposed to fight Jermaine Franklin in 2021 and that was going to be my first main event fight, and I remember leading up to that fight, Eddie Hearn had mentioned that the winner of our fight could have been a possible opponent for Dillian Whyte.
But Jermaine Franklin pulled out on four days' notice with Covid. Then fast-forward he ended up getting a Dillian Whyte fight. I would have loved to get that opportunity. Franklin didn't fight anybody of any calibre, nowhere near Efe Ajagba, to get to that plateau."