Via Craig Daly: Shakur Stevenson believes undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney will beat Vasyl Lomachenko when the time comes for them to fight.
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) still needs to take care of his rematch with former unified 135-pound champion George Kamboso Jr next month on October 15, but that fight is considered picture for the undefeated champion.
But assuming Haney wins, Top Rank plans to pit him against former triple world champion Lomachenko next.
Devin’s father Bill Haney will be the final judge to determine if he is ready to face 34-year-old Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) at this stage in his career.
“I think Haney got there first. He’s the undisputed champion at 135, so I think he gets there first,” Shakur Stevenson told Fighthype when asked if he would fight Vasyl Lomachenko first or Devin Haney.
“Lomachenko and him deserve to fight. Yes, I helped Devin win that match.
“I will definitely go first. This is going to be a more attacking Stevenson,” Shakur said of his title defense on Friday night against Robson Conceição.
Stevenson (18-0.9 KOs) will defend his WBC, WBO & Ring Magazine featherweight superweight titles against Conceicao (17-1, 8 KOs) this Friday night on ESPN at the Prudential Center in Newark. , New Jersey.
It’s been an uphill battle for Shakur, as Conceicao is an Olympic gold medalist, and he is credited with beating Oscar Valdez last September at Casino Del Sol, in Tucson, Arizona.
“Fans, get ready; you will get what you want. Sure, I’ll take him apart, break him, and I’ll do what I have to.
“We’ll see. It depends on the weight cut. I don’t look past this guy. I think this guy. [Conceicao] is a solid warrior. He does some really good things, and you have to be prepared for whatever he’s going to happen that night.
“I didn’t look past him. I’m focusing on Robson right now. I don’t see Cordina, Tank. I don’t see anyone else. I just see the full Robson.
“If it makes sense, I will, but it has to make sense,” Shakur said when asked if he would be willing to travel to the UK to face Joe Cordina in a super-unity match. feather class or not.
“I heard he has 5,000 men in this last battle. I’m willing to do it, but 5,000 people won’t be enough for me to come to England. Maybe, if that’s the case, but someone has to promise me that before I commit to something like that.
“I was frustrated by it until I heard that he wasn’t putting those numbers up like I thought he would,” Shakur said.