Shakur Stevenson Rejects Initial 75/25 Purse Split Offer, Determined For Devin Haney Showdown

Photo: Instagram/Shakur Stevenson

Shakur Stevenson has recently disclosed that he turned down an initial offer to face Devin Haney in the ring.

Stevenson, a former featherweight and super-featherweight world champion, secured a victory in his lightweight debut in April and now seeks a shot at the unified champion. Haney currently holds all four world titles in the division, namely the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO belts.

Following his close win over Vasyl Lomachenko in May, Haney has expressed interest in moving up in weight for his next bout. As a free agent after completing his three-fight contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank promotion, Haney has the flexibility to carefully consider his options.

Photo: Instagram/Shakur Stevenson

Nevertheless, if he decides to remain at lightweight, there are significant potential matchups awaiting him, including fights against Gervonta Davis, represented by Al Haymon's PBC, and Stevenson, represented by Arum's Top Rank.

Given the circumstances, Bill Haney, Devin's father and trainer, recently held discussions with Arum, where Stevenson was likely a topic of conversation. Stevenson took to social media to shed light on the situation, explaining that he received an offer, which he ultimately rejected.

In a cryptic tweet, he strongly hinted at Haney being the subject but did not explicitly confirm it. Stevenson's tweet stated, "Nah, I'm not gonna take 25 percent, but you knew that already, be realistic."

A boxing fan responded to his tweet, criticizing Stevenson and claiming that he sees himself as the A-side against the reigning undisputed champion. Stevenson replied, clarifying that he does not view himself as the A-side but rather knows his own value, which he believes exceeds the offered 25 percent.

He also clarified that he did not decline the fight; the reported offer was supposed to be the initial one, and he hasn't received any further communication since then.

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Source: Talk Sports

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