Shakur Stevenson is calling for matchups against the likes of Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis, but those fights would appear to be a bit farfetched considering the current lightweight landscape.
A more feasible and equally palatable fight for Stevenson, however, could be against Top Rank stablemate Vasiliy Lomachenko, who’s fresh off a fight-of-the-year contending, unanimous decision loss against Haney.
“Lomachenko, he’s not done yet,” Stevenson said on the “Stamina For Sale” YouTube channel. “I thought he was done. Before he fought Devin, I thought he wasn’t the same fighter no more. But then I watched him fight Devin, and I think Lomachenko is still a high-skill level fighter, and I would love to get in the ring with him.”
The potential all-southpaw slugfest between the former two-division titlist Stevenson (20-0, 10 KOs) and three-division champion Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) would be yet another positive step in building Stevenson into becoming a stateside star.
Stevenson turns 26 years old in June. He’s the latest entrant in the lightweight class, having knocked out Shuichiro Yoshino in April during his division debut.
Lomachenko turns 36 in February, and before he gets any older, Stevenson suggested that Haney should grant the former two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist another crack at the undisputed title considering the disputed nature of their fight.
“If it was me and I was in [Haney’s] shoes, I would for sure run it back, because I would want the public to judge me off that fight,” said Stevenson. “I wouldn’t want them to think that this dude beat me, or it could have been that because that’s going to travel with him for the rest of his career. If Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] never rematched [Jose Luis] Castillo, I think it would have traveled with Floyd throughout his career. He rematched Castillo and beat him convincingly and made it an easy fight. If it was me, I would want to show the public that it was just a little off night – watch what I do to him now.”
Stevenson also said that Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) fought better than expected against Lomachenko and that he was No. 1 in the division – until they fight.
“Right now, we’re seeing what’s up with Devin. Let’s see if Devin wants to fight,” said Stevenson. “[Father and trainer] Bill [Haney] said nobody called his phone. So now we’re going to start calling his phone and let’s see if they pick up the phone calls. It’s a possibility that they do, and it’s a possibility that they don’t. I don’t see them fighting me, but let’s see.”
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