Stevenson open to fighting UFC's newest star O'Malley in boxing

LAS VEGAS: Shakur Stevenson is one of boxing's best fighters and appears to be getting bored with questions regarding fights with other athletes — both in boxing, and in mixed martial arts — at a time in which he's getting ready to box Edwin de los Santos on Thursday.

Throughout a media huddle ProBox TV attended Monday, outside the T-Mobile Arena where Stevenson headlines a midweek Top Rank event, the American reminded reporters that he's focused solely on his Dominican opponent.

It is a fight that Stevenson hopes to win so he can remain unbeaten and on course to become the future pound-for-pound No.1.

Regardless, he fielded questions about rivals like Devin Haney, and Sean O'Malley — the UFC bantamweight champion who once said he could beat Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney, and Stevenson in one night.

"I wouldn't mind fighting Sean O'Malley," Stevenson said Monday.

However, rather than elaborated on the why, the how, and where a crossover like Stevenson vs. O'Malley could take place, Stevenson redirected the conversation to his task at hand.

"But, like i said, Edwin de los Santos is first."

De Los Santos, a southpaw, has won three fights on the bounce since suffering the first 'L' of his career to William Foster III at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Florida.

He has since beaten Luis Acosta, Jose Velanzuela, and Joseph Adorno but this week's bout for the vacant WBC lightweight title is the toughest test of his career.

"I don't know much about none of these dudes besides Edwin right now," Stevenson added. "They can talk about me, but I have to handle business first."

Stevenson hopes to handle his business atop a show ESPN and ESPN+ will broadcast.

Elsewhere on the card, Emanuel Navarrete and Robson Conceicao compete in a WBO super featherweight world title fight, and prospects Floyd Diaz, Troy Isley, Abdullah Mason, and Emiliano Vargas compete in separate fights.