The clash between Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson may take a little longer to materialize. Shakur Stevenson seemed to be eagerly waiting for an opportunity to fight Devin Haney; at one point, that’s all he was talking about.
According to Devin Haney, when the opportunity was presented to Shakur Stevenson, he failed to capitalize on it due to negotiation differences.Stevenson apparently turned down the offer because it was a 75/25 % pay split.
As for now, both fighters have scheduled fights, so if they decide to fight each other, it would probably happen in 2024. Stevenson is fighting Edwin De Los Santos on 16th November for the vacant WBC lightweight belt. On the flip side, Devin Haney is fighting Regis Prograis on 9th December; Prograis will be defending his WBC super lightweight belt.
Devin Haney on fighting Shakur Stevenson
Devin Haney shed some light on his possible fight with Shakur Stevenson and explained why it did not happen. “Those fights [Gervonta Davis & Shakur Stevenson] could happen in the future, but my main focus is Regis Prograis to become a two-division world champion,” Haney said as quoted by boxingnews24.com. “I’m willing to fight the best fighters in the world.
I’ve been saying this for a while now, so I’m not picking fights. I’m trying to fight the best fighters in the world. Shakur knows what time it is with me. He knows that my offer was legitimate, and if he really believed in himself and if he believed that I was everything that he claimed that I was, he would have taken the fight.
Haney further explained: It was the most money that he would have ever made in all his fights put together with that 25%, and that’s facts, that’s 100%. If he felt like I was so easy, so green, whatever he says, then he would have taken the fight, and he would have had a shot at the undisputed [lightweight] titles like I did”.