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Shakur Stevenson wants Devin Haney next, but says champ should want to run it back against Vasiliy Lomachenko

Shakur Stevenson sizes up Devin Haney. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Shakur Stevenson 20-0 (10) is ready to face undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney 30-0 (15) in his next bout.

The 25-year-old Newark southpaw made his 135-pound debut last month with a sixth-round knockout of Shuichiro Yoshino 16-1 (12) in his hometown. Stevenson previously held the WBO featherweight title and was a unified champ at 130-pounds.

Last weekend Haney, 24, successfully defended his WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Vasiliy Lomachenko 17-3 (11) with a unanimous decision victory in Las Vegas than many fans and pundits felt could have gone the other way.

After the bout Stevenson climbed into the ring to let it be known to the Haney camp that he would welcome a shot at the champ.

“I don’t need one more fight [at lightweight]. I’m ready to fight as soon as he’s ready. He just fought. So as soon as he’s settled down and can get himself together, I’m ready to fight,” Stevenson said to Stamina for Sale.

“My honest words that I would have to say to them [Haney and his father and trainer Bill] is it’s time. This is the moment that we’ve been waiting for our whole lives. It’s time. Let’s make it happen.

“Devin is a good fighter. He did better than I expected [against Vasiliy Lomachenko]. When I went back and re-watched it, he did a lot better than I thought. Devin is a competitive fighter. That’s the best thing that he’s got.

“When I got in the ring, I wanted a call out because that’s what he did with Lomachenko. He jumped in the ring when he fought Jermaine Ortiz [last October at Madison Square Garden in New York].

“Bill keeps saying nobody is calling his phone. So, I just wanted to get in front of his face. When I got in front of his face, Bill didn’t even look my way.

“Bill ain’t even acknowledged me and Devin, he said something, and as he said it, he walked away.”

Haney is a big lightweight and has long battled the scales to make weight. Talk of him moving up to junior welterweight is not a new conversation.

“If his team was smart, it would be strategic for him to go and fight the fighters at 140 and I’m not saying that 140 is a weaker division,” Stevenson continued.

“I just feel as though he’d probably be a lot stronger, and he may feel a lot better at 140 than draining all the way down to 135 and fighting a fighter like me.”

Stevenson had some more advice for Haney – give Lomachenko a rematch.

“Lomachenko, he’s not done yet,” he said. “I thought he was done. Before he fought Devin, I thought he wasn’t the same fighter no more. But then I watched him fight Devin and I think Lomachenko is still a high-skill level fighter and I would love to get in the ring with him.

“If it was me and I was in his shoes, I would for sure run it back, because I would want the public to judge me off that fight.

“I wouldn’t want them to think that this dude beat me, or it could have been that because that’s going to travel with him for the rest of his career. If Floyd [Mayweather Jr] never rematched [Jose Louis] Castillo, I think it would have traveled with Floyd throughout his career.

“He rematched Castillo and beat him convincingly and made it an easy fight. I think if it was me, I would want to show the public that it was just a little off night. ‘Watch what I do to him now.’”