A potential all-American fight between Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson has been one of the most talked about match-ups in boxing over the past six months, although it does not look to be one that is likely to happen in the near future.
The pair have publicly been going back and forth throughout 2023, mainly after Stevenson rejected the offer of a 25% split to take on then undisputed lightweight world champion Haney.
The Newark southpaw has this week provided even more information on the negotiations with ‘The Dream’s team, and dismissed an offer from them as “chump change.”
In a recent interview with Million Dollaz Worth of Game, Stevenson also claimed he made more in his last three fights than he was offered to take on Haney.
“Me and Devin are not fighting because of Devin. Devin and his team tried to throw out some little chump change.
They offered me less than I made in my last three fights for supposedly the biggest fight of my career. I fought Yoshino, Oscar Valdez and Robson Conceicao and made more than they offered me.
They offered me 25%, that’s true. They put a specific number out there, $8million, so if it was $8million he would have made $24million. You think he was making $24million? Top Rank is doing the fight. If I was offered $8million I would jump at it quick. There are so many lies.”
With Haney set to move up to super lightweight for a shot at WBC champion Regis Prograis later this year, the potential match up against Stevenson looks to now be on the back burner for the foreseeable future.
Stevenson is set to challenge for one of Haney’s old belts, with a deal reportedly agreed for him to face Dominican contender Edwin De Los Santos for the WBC lightweight strap in November.
Victory that night would see Stevenson crowned a three weight world champion aged just 26, and cement his status as one of the most talented fighters in the sport.