Last month, Eimantas Stanionis solidified his standing among the welterweight elites by taming rival Radzhab Butaev in a vicious 12-round firefight to win the WBA world title. As a preliminary bout on one of the year’s highest-grossing gates in Errol Spence vs. Yordenis Ugas, Stanionis shined in his highest profile fight. And by stepping aside to allow for the Spence-Ugas unification, he’s now owed the next shot at Spence’s title, making him the one man standing in the way of boxing’s big superfight — Spence vs. Terence Crawford.
Stanionis joined BeatsBoxingMayhem from his native Lithuania to discuss his thoughts on Spence-Crawford and targeting the older welterweight guard, what he learned about himself after surviving the Buatev war, if he’ll move to the U.S. and much more.
Listen to the full interview below.