Days After Call-Out, Forgotten Sparring Video of Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson Sparks Debate Among Fans

Published 04/10/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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When it comes to boxing, few things get fans more excited than a potential showdown between two rising stars in the ring. And that’s exactly what we might be in for with undefeated former super featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson calling out lightweight kingpin Devin Haney in a recent interview.

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But what occurs when a bygone sparring video featuring the two boxers suddenly resurfaces, thus eliciting a deluge of conjecture among fans regarding the likely victor in a forthcoming bout? This is the situation that has unfolded following the recent discovery of a sparring video showcasing Haney and Stevenson in action, resulting in a passionate debate among boxing enthusiasts on social media.

Fans react to resurfaced sparring video of Shakur Stevenson and Devin Haney

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The fan reactions to the resurfaced sparring video of Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson have been mixed, with some fans hyping up Stevenson’s skills while others caution against underestimating Haney. Here are some of the notable reactions:

User @ZAYGREEDO tweeted, “Better range control, better defense, better feet. And he wasn’t anywhere near as good as he is right now, haney got better too, but shakur is on a diff level.” 

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User @DavidHoughton_, a self-proclaimed Stevenson fan, shared a similar sentiment.

User @xxjcxfit noted, “Haney landed with more power here, Shakur was more accurate and calculated with the shots he took. Love seeing the growth in them since then.”

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Meanwhile, user @endala_nsizwa took a direct shot at Haney, warning him not to give Stevenson a title shot unless he wants to lose it.

Lastly, @AWALBAYAREA referred to the two boxers as “kids”, given that the clip is considerably old. According to them, while Haney landed the harder shots, Stevenson was more calculated with his shots. He also predicted that a potential match between them would be a “chess match for sure.”

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With two fighters exhibiting impressive records and skillsets, the possibility of a face-off between the two has instigated a great deal of enthusiasm among boxing aficionados. And Stevenson’s callout has only served to add more fuel to the already raging fire, with numerous individuals eagerly anticipating a confrontation between these two youthful luminaries.

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The actualization of the contest remains uncertain, but with Stevenson’s recent callout and the revival of the ancient sparring video, the hum surrounding a prospective Haney-Stevenson collision has attained a state of frenzied excitement among boxing enthusiasts.

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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