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Devin Haney Reminds Shakur Stevenson of Alleged $3 Million Mistake

Published 03/18/2024, 7:00 AM EDT

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Devin Haney is set to defend his title against Ryan Garcia on April 20. Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Yet, Garcia’s mental health and erratic social media posts have fans worried. Will he step into the ring as planned? Amidst this uncertainty, Shakur Stevenson coming after his short-lived retirement, sees an opening for his Super-lightweight debut.

He offers to replace Garcia, but Bill Haney, Devin’s father, firmly declines. Why won’t Bill consider negotiating with Stevenson? Devin Haney on his dad’s behalf has revealed the real reason why they won’t fight with Shakur.

Devin Haney gives Shakur Stevenson a reality check!

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Devin and Bill Haney once offered Shakur a 25% of the purse, but Shakur turned it down claiming he was worth more than that. Now as the Garcia saga continues, Shakur offered to fight Haney once again, and Bill Haney straight up refused and said Shakur brings “nothing to the table.” Amidst this, Shakur Stevenson took to Twitter to voice his frustration and ambition. “Bill just told y’all he will NEVER negotiate a fight between me and his son EVER if that’s not ducking then idk what is.. But good luck to yall wish yall nothing but the best I’m not going no where I’m here to stay💪🏾 #ChasingGreatness,” he tweeted. This declaration sparked a flurry of reactions, highlighting Stevenson’s eagerness to step into the ring and his perception of being sidelined.

Responding with equal sharpness, Devin Haney took to Twitter to highlight a potentially regrettable financial decision by Stevenson. He pointedly remarked, “Top rank offered Shakur to make nothing higher than 3 million for the next 3 years. I would wanna take that 25% now too.

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This tweet not only shed light on the financial dynamics at play but also subtly criticized Stevenson’s choices, insinuating a missed opportunity for a more lucrative deal. While Haney has refused to fight with Shakur, Stevenson has already got William Zepeda to take care of.

Gauging Zepeda’s might through Kambosos-Hughes

Shakur Stevenson, ever strategic, zeroed in on William Zepeda, tagging him a ‘real killer’ in the boxing ring. His analysis takes a twist, pondering the hierarchy of lightweight contenders. “If Maxi Hughes gave Kambosas the fight of his life but Zepeda DESTROYED him, how good is Kambosas, or the better question is, how good is Zepeda?” Stevenson mused.

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This rhetorical query isn’t just idle talk; it’s a calculated prod at the boxing world, stirring the pot of potential matchups. Eager for a new challenge, Stevenson amplified his call for a fight, asserting, “I’m excited. Let’s make #StevensonZepeda next, pls – Pressure bust pipes or make diamonds #ChasingGreatness.” His words aren’t just about setting up fights; they’re about defining legacies.

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