“It got to the point where I felt ready for the big show,” Shavers said. “I guess that’s what happens when you go up against some of these top guys. It’s going to kind of humiliate you and set you back for a little while.
The descent continued for Shavers. After losing three consecutive fights, he was at 4-3, almost erasing the dominant start to his career. The feeling of losing did not relieve the pressure from “The Shredder”; it stopped his momentum and his motivation.
“I feel like I’ve destroyed myself,” Shavers said. “I loved the feeling of being undefeated. I just felt like it motivated me a lot more. After that first loss, it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth.
Life got in the way, Shavers moved to a new gym, and after two and a half years away from the sport, he’s back. Don’t get used to seeing the Houston transplant, however. Razors makes it very clear that gloves can be left for good at AKA 16.
“It’s definitely a success or a breakup for me,” Shavers said. “I just feel like if I lose this fight, it’s pretty much over. I’m just going to step away from the sport and find something else. I can’t just look at this and say, “I’m 4-4, why should I keep trying?” This will make me back down even more. I’m at the point now where I’m just ready to lead a normal life and find a wife and sit down and have kids or something like that.