Shakur Stevenson Has Second Thoughts on Haney vs Loma Outcome
On May 20, undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (30-0, 15 KO’s) defended his quartet of belts for the second time. Yet, his unanimous decision victory over three-division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko kicked up an awful lot of dust in boxing circles. This is due to the widespread belief that Loma easily won the fight. In the days to follow, after re-watching the match, countless folks have changed their opinion. One such case is Olympic silver medalist and two-division champion “Fearless” Shakur Stevenson (20-0, 10 KO’s).
Directly following the action on the night of the fight, Stevenson vehemently stated that Lomachenko won. Like so many, he even went so far to insinuate that the Ukrainian was robbed by the judges. Now however, Fearless has recanted those beliefs and let it be known that he thinks the fight could have been a draw, as he explained on Fight Hype.
“Yeah, I re-watched it several times, I watched that fight a bunch of times already but my opinion is it is definitely closer than I felt it was at the arena. Like watching on TV, it’s closer than it was at the arena. But I either got it a six-six draw, or I got seven-five Lomachenko. But some of them rounds, it’s just so many swing rounds where you don’t know who to give the rounds to. So it was a close fight overall, to be honest.”
NEXT UP IS?!
Generally speaking, even when dating back to their amateur days, Haney and Stevenson have competed in neighboring but separate weight classes. Now that they are housed in the same division, it’s only natural that the two competitors give one another a tough time. It is good that Fearless came clean regarding his feelings on the Haney vs Loma duel though. Just because they are rivals does not mean they have to run each other’s name into the mud.
Yet, putting their verbal treatment of one another to the side, the real question is: who will they fight next? Despite his defeat, Vasiliy Lomachenko is still ranked #1 (WBO) and #1 (WBC) which keeps him firmly in the hunt for Haney’s titles. Perhaps The Dream will run it back with Loma to clear up all doubt once and for all. To this point however, Team Haney has displayed remarkably little interest in Haney vs Loma 2.
Naturally the next two biggest fights to be made for the undisputed champion would come against Regular WBA champion Gervonta Davis or the aforementioned Shakur Stevenson. Any of the three fights would make for splendid nights of action and high-craft. Thankfully, no matter who gets the nod to face The Dream next, 3Kings Boxing will be here to report the news.