Shakur Stevenson Teases Free Agency Move In 2024

Shakur Stevenson has indicated he will be a free agent after his contract with Top Rank expires. 

Reports indicate Stevenson has one more fight left on his current deal. Under Top Rank, Stevenson has become a three-weight champion, making him one of the most accomplished boxers in the sport. He is the current WBC Lightweight champion, a belt he acquired after Devin Haney moved up to 140, giving him the chance to win the vacant belt. 

Stevenson delivered and won a unanimous decision against Edwin De Los Santos. But his performance was criticized for being too defensive as Stevenson fought off his jab. Boos echoed the arena during and after the fight as Stevenson’s commercial value was damaged. Fights against Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis seemed less likely. That may prompt Stevenson to start afresh with a new promoter to get those fights. 

“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 

Possible options are PBC or DAZN. PBC offers Stevenson the Tank Davis fight, given their policy of keeping fights in-house. Terence Crawford did something similar, leaving Top Rank, which got him the Errol Spence Jr. fight. A deal with DAZN brings Shakur a possible Haney fight. Haney’s last fight with Regis Prograis was with DAZN.

But Stevenson could stay with Top Rank. Bob Arum has entered a new market in Saudi Arabia, helping to make the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Uysk fight, with a possible Artur Beterbiev vs Dmitry Bivol fight on the way. Since Arum promotes Fury and Beterbiev, Stevenson may benefit by extending his deal to secure a fight in Saudi.

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