Shakur Stevenson will fight Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant WBC lightweight title on November 16th, 2023, and though he would never dismiss an opponent, Stevenson has his sights set a little higher. Stevenson isn’t quite sure why he isn’t preparing to fight Vasiliy Lomachenko next month.
According to Stevenson, Lomachenko, the former three-division champ, was offered a career-high purse to face him. Given that both are managed by Top Rank and both fight on ESPN, there were no promotional shenanigans to overcome either. Despite the fight not coming together, Stevenson is hopeful that he will face the Ukranian.
“He got a big name at 135,” claimed Stevenson. “So, when I smoke him I think that the world would understand that I really am the truth… I think it’s a possibility that I stop him.”
Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KO) decided to take off the remainder of this year rather than face Stevenson. Arum informed sources that the two-time Olympic gold medalist would be open to facing Stevenson next year, however, which was assuring to Stevenson ahead of his matchup with De Los Santos.