An anticipated clash of titans in American boxing involves the possibility of Devin Haney taking on Shakur Stevenson at some point, but in 2023 that fight is off the tables. Stevenson is locked in to fight Edwin De Los Santos. Devin Haney seems occupied with moving up in weight to junior welterweight to face WBC junior welterweight world champion, Regis Prograis.
Yet, due to their popularity, and the belief that they are two of the best lightweights, many keep bringing the fight up. Haney holds all the belts at lightweight as the undisputed champion, and Stevenson passes the eye test as the best fighter in the division and is struggling to get a big fight.
Recently, Stevenson went on Brian Custer's "The Last Stand" podcast in which he talked about the latest shot that was fired on social media between the teams when a leaked video of Stevenson saying he was tired and done sparring with Haney was put out. The implication was that Stevenson quit against Haney, something Stevenson says is untrue.
"Did you see the smile on my face," questioned Stevenson to Custer. "They twist the narrative, because once again, like I said I am not trying to spend twenty minutes talking about Devin or anything with him, but he has media and a lot of media people who he is really close with, and they are very [good] at spinning the narratives."
Earlier this year the two were rumored to be in talks to land a fight, but talks stalled after Stevenson turned down a 25% split offer to square off against Haney, who was then the undisputed lightweight world champion. Stevenson stated that it was well below his market value, whereas Haney voiced displeasure citing he had to talk short money in the George Kambosos Jnr fight to become undisputed.
"If he posted that little video tell him to post the whole sparring," said Stevenson. "If he posted the full sparring I bet you the entire world would say I beat the [expletive] out of him.
It appears the war of words will continue, as Stevenson recalls the full video being much different than the leaked footage released to the world. Stevenson recalls getting the better of the work with Haney and now is aiming to be a three-division world champion at the age of 26.
"When I said [I was done] I was smiling, because I had got off on him," said Stevenson. "I beat him up, got off on him, smiled. Bro, I sparred [with] him three times that week. We sparred three different times that week. I beat you up already.
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