Shakur Stevenson is ‘ready and waiting’ for a shot at Devin Haney’s undisputed lightweight title.
The two-division world champion is only one fight deep into his lightweight campaign, but his previous honours have seen him to the mandatory slot for Haney’s belts.
That should be enough for fans to see the fight – which promises elite-level boxing – but the champion has so far been coy about his next move.
He has flirted with a move up to 140lbs for some time now, and following his somewhat controversial win over Vasily Lomachenko, called out some of the champions of that division.
Stevenson is convinced that Haney doesn’t want it, and his team may feel the same.
Speaking to FightHype.com, the 26-year-old’s mentor and manager, J Prince, hinted that Haney’s side may be pricing themselves out of the contest.
“Oh yeah, no question mark – we want that fight. We are available, ready and waiting. The only way that fight don’t happen is if they don’t want it.
When a person don’t want to fight, there’s a lot of ways of saying they don’t want it. One of the best ways is they overbid themselves. Just know we ready and waiting.”
Prince kept quiet on whether or not any meetings had taken place with team Haney and mutual promoter, Bob Arum.
“That’s private. But the most important thing is that we’re ready. Shakur definitely want a piece of his ass. The fans want to witness the fight, because I think it will be a good one. It ain’t on us. We ready.”
Neither man has a fight pencilled in, and it seems to be now or never should they fight in the lightweight division.
Stevenson has also expressed interest in the money-man, Gervonta Davis, whilst Haney recently had a public exchange with super-lightweight champion, Regis Prograis.