Opposing enterprise pursuits might stop Shakur Stevenson and Isaac Cruz from combating at any level within the close to future.
These two light-weight contenders are represented by competing promoters and seem on totally different networks, however that didn’t cease the WBC from ordering a remaining elimination match Wednesday between Stevenson and Cruz. Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC, introduced through the sanctioning group’s conference in Acapulco, Mexico that Stevenson and Cruz should struggle subsequent if they need an opportunity to change into the WBC’s necessary challenger within the 135-pound division.
The 24-year-old Cruz is the WBC’s second-ranked contender for boxing’s undisputed light-weight champion Devin Haney (29-0, 15 KOs), whom Sulaiman confirmed is anticipated to defend his IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO belts towards former champ Vasiliy Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) in his subsequent struggle.
Mexico Metropolis’s Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) knocked out countryman Eduardo Ramirez (27-3-3, 12 KOs) within the second spherical of his most up-to-date motion, which was scheduled as a 12-round WBC elimination match September 4 at Crypto.com Area in Los Angeles.
The 25-year-old Stevenson, a former featherweight and junior light-weight champion, is listed fourth within the WBC’s most up-to-date rankings at light-weight. Stevenson figures to maneuver as much as the third spot when its subsequent rankings are launched as a result of Australia’s George Kambosos Jr. (20-2, 10 KOs), the previous champion, misplaced a 12-round unanimous resolution to Haney of their fast rematch October 16 at Rod Laver Area in Melbourne.
The left-handed Stevenson relinquished his WBC and WBO 130-pound championships when he couldn’t make weight the day earlier than his final struggle.
Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) got here in 1½ kilos chubby September 22 and introduced he would transfer as much as the light-weight division. The 2016 Olympic silver medalist beat Brazilian contender Robson Conceicao (17-2, 8 KOs) by unanimous resolution the subsequent night time at Prudential Heart in Newark, New Jersey, Stevenson’s hometown.
Like Haney and Lomachenko, Stevenson is promoted by Bob Arum’s High Rank Inc.
Haney’s subsequent struggle, which presumably will come towards Ukraine’s Lomachenko, will mark the tip of Haney’s three-fight settlement with High Rank. It’s unclear whether or not Haney, win or lose towards Lomachenko, will stay within the light-weight division thereafter as a result of it has change into more and more tough for the 24-year-old Haney to make its 135-pound restrict.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.