Posted on 11/09/2022By: Sean Crose
He’s thought of top-of-the-line fighters on this planet. Quick, exhausting hitting, exceedingly assured within the ring, Shakur Stevenson has that sure one thing, exhausting to outline however straightforward to see, that has marked him for doable greatness. Now the WBC has, as of Wednesday, ordered him to face off towards Isaac Cruz in a world title eliminator. Which means the winner will go on to face the defending WBC light-weight champion. In the meanwhile that opponent could be undisputed light-weight champ Devin Haney, although Haney is reportedly lined as much as battle Vasyl Lomachenko.
The reasoning right here goes that the winner of Haney-Lomachenko will tackle the winner of Stevenson-Cruz, offered nobody leaves the division throughout that point. The 19-0 Stevenson’s final battle was a UD win over Robson Conceicao in September. The 24-2-1 Cruz final noticed motion that very same month when he knocked out Eduardo Ramirez in 2.
The issue with the WBC’s ruling on Wednesday is that Stevenson and Cruz battle below totally different banners. Stevenson is promoted by Bob Arum’s High Rank Promotions. Cruz, however is a member of Al Haymon’s Premiere Boxing Champions. Suffice to say, each organizations aren’t identified to have the warmest of relationships. Followers want solely look again to the countless leadup to the 2015 Floyd Mayweather-Many Pacquiao battle to understand how icy the state of affairs may be. With that in thoughts, it’s controversial Stevenson and Cruz might not be seeing one another within the ring any time quickly.
The reality is that the light-weight division now could be sizzling to the purpose of scalding. If solely the foremost matches accessible may get made. Whereas it’s true Haney- Lomachenko will probably change into a actuality, the identical can’t be mentioned for a a lot anticipated battle between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia at this level. Couple that with the very actual risk that Stevenson and Cruz might not throw down and a snapshot of the up to date boxing scene turns into very clear and ugly. Excessive finish fighters are on the market. Excessive finish fights may be made. Is looks like most of the time, nonetheless, that they received’t be.