After the recent reports that Top Rank is selling, they are in jeopardy of losing yet another fighter as Shakur Stevenson says he is looking to explore all of his options when his contract with Top Rank expires after his next fight.
Stevenson is the current WBC lightweight champion after beating Edwin De Los Santos to become a three-division champion. The performance was criticized as his attempts to secure a lucrative fight against the big names failed. Fights with Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney have been mentioned, but so far, nothing has materialized.
Davis’ coach, Calvin Ford, revealed a fight with Stevenson did not make sense due to the financials. Meanwhile, Haney made a 75-25 percent offer to Stevenson, but Shakur turned it down because it did not reflect his value. Since then, Haney has become a WBC junior welterweight champion since moving up to beat Regis Prograis. That has left Stevenson down the pecking order, but he intends to explore his options.
“I’m going to talk to everybody. I’m still in contract, but I’m just letting you know as far as the promoters and everybody that works in boxing. Just pay attention to what I just told y’all. The influence that I have on the next generation is insane. I’m going to talk with everybody. I’m going to explore all options. Top Rank is still an option. It’s not like they’re not an option. They done put me in a great position,” Stevenson said
PBC and DAZN could be options moving forward. Signing with PBC gives Stevenson a better chance of securing the Tank Davis fight. A deal with DAZN opens up a fight with Haney, who last fought on DAZN. Stevenson’s preferred fight is with Tank Davis, which may see him sign with PBC. The only reasonable fight left on Top Rank is against Vasiliy Lomachenko, but the Ukrainian no longer holds any belts, making it a less attractive fight.