Shakur Stevenson has made it clear that he will be looking to fight Devin Haney for the WBC belt by virtue of being a mandatory.
Stevenson was on hand to witness Haney beat Vasiliy Lomachenko to defend his undisputed lightweight titles via unanimous decision, even if there was backlash over the decision.
And as part of that process, Stevenson had plenty to say in the aftermath of the fight. Not only did he claim that Lomachenko had been robbed of victory, but he also reasserted his desire to face Haney next.
“I mean, it depends on if he’s going to stay at 135 because I’m hearing that he’s going to go up. I am [activating WBC mandatory to force title shot against Haney].
“I heard him a lot about him staying at 135, so that’s the only problems that I have of the weight problems. It’s not enough because, like I said, he’s got to cut all that weight. He looked a little weak in there. He didn’t look too strong. Whatever he do, he can’t f**k with me,” Stevenson said.
With that being said, the ball is in Haney’s court. Should he move up to 140 lbs, there will be question marks over whether he ducked Stevenson.
This is particularly since Haney admitted that he is willing to hang around at 135 lbs for the right fight. However, Haney also acknowledged that the weight cut for the Loma fight was the toughest to date.
Therefore, outside of Stevenson, there is one mega fight that Haney has set his eyes on: Gervonta Davis. The undisputed champion has been very vocal about going up against the ‘face of boxing.’
But in order to do so, he has ruled out agreeing to a rehydration clause, something which Ryan Garcia had chosen to do.
As such, a realistic possibility of a Haney-Davis fight would be at 140 lbs. And since Tank Davis has fought at that weight, the fight could happen.
“Me and Tank is a massive fight, and it’s going to happen sooner or later. I know when the [PPV] numbers come out, the numbers did very well, and the gate did very well. I proved that I’m a draw and that people want to see me in boxing. They come out and support.
“I want to thank Bob [Arum] for giving me the opportunity. Thank you to Top Rank. They treated me so well. They’ve done a tremendous job with the promotion, and I’m excited to see what’s next,” Haney stated.