According to reports, Stevenson’s camp has written to the WBO to make this happen.
Shakur Stevenson's managers have now formally contacted the WBO and requested that they make Shakur the WBO mandatory challenger for Devin Haney's lightweight world titles after already being confirmed as his WBC mandatory. [@BoxingScene]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) July 18, 2023
As of now, Stevenson is the WBC mandatory who was offered 25 percent by Haney for a fight.
However, that offer was knocked back because it did not reflect what Stevenson felt was his true worth.
Although the percentage split under the WBO would be the same as what Stevenson would get with the WBC, that being 25 percent, fighting for the undisputed title is not an opportunity he can afford to miss.
“I understand that the WBO set a deadline of July 12, 2023 at 9:00 p.m. ET for Mr. Haney to decide whether he would be vacating his title and moving to the Jr. Welterweight division.
“To my knowledge, Mr. Haney elected to remain in the Lightweight Division, and therefore, the declaration of Mr. Stevenson as the Mandatory Challenger, is timely and appropriate.
“On behalf of James Prince and Shakur Stevenson, I thank you for your consideration and ask that you expeditiously declare Shakur Stevenson the Mandatory Challenger to Devin Haney’s Lightweight Championship,” Josh Dubin (Stevenson’s co-manager)
And that has only added to the pressure that Haney will be feeling. The WBC has given the ‘Dream’ until July 21st, 2023, to decide whether or not he will fight Shakur or move up to 140 lbs and face Regis Prograis.
And given the pressure that is coming from Stevenson’s camp, the ball is firmly in Haney’s court.
Social Media Reaction
Interesting. Shakur seems to want the fight. I don’t think Devin makes it work
— Jarrod N Rudolph (@JarrodRudolph) July 18, 2023
This fight gotta happen before haney move up!
— Oinky (@peapeapoopoop) July 18, 2023
Haney: I'm number one!!
Shakur: For now 😂😂😂
— Alex Bowers (@ABowers1990) July 18, 2023