Following Devin Haney’s move up to 140, the WBC stripped the undisputed lightweight champion by making him a ‘champion in recess.’
As a result, Stevenson will fight the next-highest-ranked opponent for the belt. As of now, that would be Vasiliy Lomachenko.
But given that the latter plans to take the rest of the year out, before he decides what he intends to do next, another opponent must be found.
However, if Martin does not take the bout, it would have to be another boxer from the top 15. With that being said, this is what Arum had to say.
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“Lomachenko is balking about fighting this year. He wants to take time off. He can’t get focused on fighting. I don’t think it has anything to do with Shakur.
“Definitely [Shakur fights in November]. We’re going to get the best possible opponent, and he’s going to fight for the WBC [lightweight] title,” Arum
Stevenson claimed Hughes had been robbed while making it clear that he was not impressed with Kambosos’ skills. So, moving forward, Stevenson has plenty of options.