The conqueror of two weight divisions and the unified champion of the second featherweight American Shakur Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) does not hide his desire to face off against the ex-lightweight hegemon Ukrainian veteran Vasily Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs), but suggests that the current absolute of the division will be intercepted by compatriot Devin Haney (28-0, 15 KOs).
“I think Haney will get to him first – he has all the belts in lightweight,”
reasoning Stevenson. So he has a better chance. I think it’s ok. I think they are obliged to determine the best in a head-to-head fight. They deserve it. Yes, I think Devin will win this fight.”
Stevenson will defend his WBC/WBO titles this coming Friday for the first time – he will meet with the Olympic champion (Rio de Janeiro, 2016) Robson Conceição from Brazil. Lomachenko and Haney will also have fights soon: Vasily will face off against American Jemaine Ortiz at the end of October, and two weeks earlier Devin will go to Australia for a rematch with local ex-champion George Kambosos.
Stevenson, the best defensive boxer in the world, promises to fight Conceição with an aggressive first number and does not rule out that he will rise to lightweight very soon. Previously, Shakur planned to go to Britain for unification with IBF champion Joe Cordina, but changed his mind: “I wanted, I planned. But then I heard that there were only 5 thousand fans at his fight. I am ready to go to Britain, but not for the sake of 5 thousand … “
It’s not a fact that Cordina will remain a champion – he has a heavy defense in the framework of the Bivol-Ramirez super show. Previously, Stevenson said: “I’m not going to throw a fan at Lomachenko,” and promoter Bob Arum believes that it’s not a pity to die for the fight between Vasily and Shakur.