Devin Haney retained his undisputed lightweight crown in the toughest test of his career to date with a win over Vasily Lomachenko, and promptly said he was open to fighting Shakur Stevenson.
Despite many in the boxing world feeling Haney should’ve lost on the night – including Stevenson – he beat Loma over 12 by unanimous decision and moves on in his campaign with his four belts.
The fight with Stevenson was already touted to come next, and that idea was buoyed by the two-weight world champion entering the ring in the aftermath. He said that Haney ‘isn’t on the same level.’
In attendance was undefeated welterweight champion, Terence Crawford, who after calling one of the scorecards in Haney’s favour ‘crazy’, gave his prediction for the Stevenson bout to FightHype.
“Come one man, you already know. Ain’t nobody beating Shakur. I’m saying Shakur beat everybody – it don’t matter who it is, Shakur beating them. Shakur over everybody, that’s how it’s gonna be.”
“That boy’s special. Shakur is one of a kind. He adapt to every fighter, and then once he does that it’s a long night. We done seen Shakur go forward, we done seen Shakur stay in the pocket, move, how defensive-minded he’s been. Shakur’s just all around a great fighter.”
According to Crawford, there’s going to be a new undisputed lightweight champ in town if the fight happens, and it would only be Stevenson’s second fight at the weight.
Haney has threatened to move up to 140lb for some time now, but has said that the fights that interest him at lightweight are Stevenson and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, giving fans hope they will see the contest soon.