Haney: “If I’m An Easy Fight Stevenson Would Just Take The 25%”

Haney Says Stevenson Has to Pay his Dues at Lightweight

Devin Haney thinks Shakur Stevenson has dues to pay
Devin Haney thinks Shakur Stevenson has dues to pay | credit: Getty Images

Devin Haney Thinks Shakur Stevenson Should Walk Like He Talks


In his next prizefight, former undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (30-0, 15 KO’s) will be taking on WBC super lightweight champion Regis Prograis. The duel will mark his professional debut in the 140-pound division. Before leaving his prior stomping grounds, Haney briefly engaged in fight negotiations with two-division champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (20-0, 10 KO’s).

Despite the fans who craved this showdown, and each fighter stating that they wanted it, the talks would eventually fail. At the root of the discontentment, Fearless said that the 25% offer he was being presented would not suffice. According to Stevenson, nothing short of a 50/50 split would do. Upon hearing this, Haney continued his journey to the new division and showdown with Prograis.

WHAT ARE YOU REALLY SAYING?!

Since turning down the offer, Stevenson has staged countless interviews where he has slathered Team Haney in insults and portrayed The Dream as being a duck. Yet this is something that The Dream can’t really wrap his head around, as he explained in a recent Q&A with ThaBoxingVoice:

“He was firm on his 50%, I was firm on my 25%. First we asked if he wanted a flat fee. He said no, they said they wanted a percentage. So we offered him 25%. He said 50, we said no. 25 is what we took – we paid our dues, we took the same deal not once but twice against George Kambosos.

Then we didn’t get paid like we felt we should have against [Vasiliy] Lomachenko . . . we told them, after this fight we want to be in that position! The same way Lou DiBella and George Kambosos did, we want to be in that position because we worked hard for it, we sacrificed for it . . . there is nothing that we can do. They are firm on their 50% and I was firm on 25%, but it is what it is.

If he felt that I was such an easy fighter, an easy fight like he say, like he was levels above me like he say, then he would just take the 25% like I did and become undisputed or whatever it is because he felt like it was an easy task. Obviously, he knows what type of fighter I am and he knows what I bring and it is what it is.”

WHAT YOU SAY?!

Clearly this feud is not going to evaporate any time soon. It will be revealing to see how Stevenson retorts Haney’s latest commentary. Yet, no matter who says what next, be sure to stay locked in with 3Kings Boxing for all the latest and meaningful boxing updates and stories!

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