Shakur Stevenson Is A Future Lightweight Champion, Says Arum

Shakur Stevenson is being proclaimed a future three-division world champion, that is once Devin Haney vacates all four of his world titles that are widely acknowledged. Sure, Gervonta Davis holds a secondary form of the WBA lightweight world title, but it isn’t regarded as highly as he beat Yuriorkis Gamboa to win that title, which is just weird. 

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get him in position where he’ll be ready to fight for the lightweight title because Devin is soon to go up to 140 after Lomachenko fight and that will open up 135 for Shakur,” Bob Arum said when speaking with Boxing Social.

Currently Stevenson is set to debut at a lightweight which has a limit of 135 lbs., as Stevenson lost his 130 lbs, unified world titles on the scale, in his last fight, forcing him to move up. Stevenson is having trouble getting top contenders in the ring with him as William Zepeda, Isaac Cruz, George Kambosos Jnr., all have opted to go a different direction. 

Now Shakur Stevenson’s next mandatory opponent via the WBC rankings is Shuichiro Yoshino, and behind him is Jamaine Ortiz, for a rumored March main event fight in Stevenson’s hometown of New Jersey.

“He’s a massive talent,” Arum said of Stevenson. “There’s so many unbelievable talented kids in the sport of boxing.

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