At this stage, Shakur Stevenson is ostensibly moving on from a possible showdown against Devin Haney. For months now, the former Olympic silver medalist metaphorically poked Haney in the stomach and urged him to take him up on his fight offer. There was some hope that the two could get it on before the end of the year but with Haney likely moving up to 140 pounds to face Regis Prograis, Stevenson (20-0, 10 KOs) is looking for other viable options.
It isn't as if Stevenson has a long list of opponents to choose from. In fact, his so-called list may hold a single realistic name, Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Although the former two-time Olympic gold medalist came up short against Haney just a few months ago, Stevenson reveres his overall skills and abilities. In a bid to lure Lomachenko into the ring, Stevenson, who’s been known to hurl curse-filled tirades in the direction of his opposition, took the respectful route in the hopes of locking in a showdown.
“Yo champ Vasiliy Lomachenko, let’s make the highest skill level fight happen,” said Stevenson on his social media account recently.
Stevenson, 26, has seemingly grown into his new weight division nicely. In his lightweight debut, it took the former two-division champ just six rounds before he was able to violently get rid of Shuichiro Yoshino.
The win may have been spectacular but Stevenson is tired of walking around without a championship belt around his waist. Facing Lomachenko may not placate his title hopes but currently, that isn’t the number one goal on his to-do list. Having witnessed the 2023 boxing calendar give fans the sort of fights they’ve been craving, Stevenson believes that a matchup between himself and the Ukrainian would be a night that fans would never forget.
“I want to give true boxing fans a spectacular night of boxing at the highest level.”