“He Putting All The A** On The Seats”: Months After Fight Debacle, Shakur Stevenson Downplays Devin Haney’s PPV Selling Power While Naming Two Best Fighters At 135 In Resurfaced Clip

Published 11/09/2023, 12:56 AM EST

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In the boxing world, Shakur Stevenson‘s unyielding confidence clashed with Devin Haney’s undisputed champion status. Stevenson had previously declined a fight offer from Haney, citing a meager 25% purse share. Their feud reignited when Stevenson shared a video of him playfully sparring on a YouTube show, drawing Haney’s “corny” comment. Stevenson retaliated, targeting Haney’s father, but Haney struck back, delivering a low blow about Stevenson’s mother. The personal insult cut deep, intensifying their rivalry.

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In a recent interview, Stevenson dismissed Haney’s prowess while naming another boxer he thinks is the best in 135 lbs. Who is the phenomenal fighter acknowledged by ‘Sugar’?

Is Shakur Stevenson hinting at a potential opponent?

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The rising American featherweight champion has proved himself by winning a silver medal in the bantamweight division at the 2016 Olympics. With 20 professional bouts under his belt in which he emerged victorious in every single one of them, Shakur is tipped to be the next boxing superstar. At the age of 26, he is already a two-weight division champion. However, the only other fighter he recognizes to be worthy in his weight division is Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.

When asked who are the best fighters in the division, Stevenson mentioned his and Davis’s name. The interviewer brought forth Haney, asking if he also made the list. “I mean, Tank is clearly a better fighter than him. Like I said, it’s all on him, he’s the pay-per-view superstar. He putting all the a*** on the seats on his end. I put all the a**** on the seats on my end too. So, let’s see. Let’s find out. Whenever he make that call, I’ll be ready” said Stevenson.

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Stevenson would be glad to take on Davis, given the opportunity. Meanwhile, recently, Davis shared his take on a pre-fighting ritual.

What abstinence practice does ‘Sugar’ follow?

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As the highly anticipated showdown between Shakur Stevenson and Edwin De La Santos looms on November 16th at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, fans are buzzing with excitement. Despite being the crowd favorite due to his stellar track record, the undefeated boxer, ‘Sugar’ Stevenson,  revealed that he abstain from s*x for a specific period before a fight. In a candid podcast conversation with Bootleg Kev, Stevenson shared his belief in the benefits of this practice.

In the interview, the host asked Shakur about his choice to abstain from sexual intercourse before his fight against De La Santos. Shakur, the Newark native, confirmed this practice, revealing he refrains for a specific duration. “For sure… I’m like a four-week type of person,” he stated with confidence. He expressed his surprise at the idea of some individuals abstaining for even longer, like eight weeks.

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While the anticipation builds and fighters engage in banter, we are eagerly looking forward to a fight between the two lightweights. How do you see the fight panning out? Let us know in the comments below.

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Prachi Prava Senapati

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Prachi Senapati is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. She has been a part of content creation and is using her expertise in the sport of Boxing. Her fascination with the combat sport stemmed from her early years when she witnessed the Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fight.
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