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Oscar De La Hoya Reminds Shakur Stevenson of Imminent Threat After Devin Haney Fight Offer

Published 03/17/2024, 7:00 AM EDT

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Shakur Stevenson has a point to prove! His last victory against Edwin De Los Santos, lacking in entertainment value, shocked the boxing community. Mockery and ridicule followed from all quarters as the Newark native failed to land punches in double digits in any round for what turned out to be a snooze fest. Now, the newly crowned WBC lightweight champion is desperate to prove his naysayers wrong. He’ll be making his first lightweight title defense on July 6th at the Prudential Center in Newark. His opponent remains under wraps, but one thing’s for sure: Stevenson is on a mission.

Meanwhile, Oscar De La Hoya has an opponent planned for Stevenson. He’s offered “Sugar” a fight against William Zepeda not once but twice now. However, Stevenson has other plans, and might even get inside the ring against Devin Haney provided Ryan Garcia Garcia drops out. Amidst this chaos of matchmaking, De La Hoya is adamant that Stevenson has a lucrative offer on his hand.

Oscar De La Hoya pushes for Stevenson vs. Zepeda

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Saturday night’s fight on DAZN was another masterclass on how to successfully dominate one’s opponent. Daniel ‘Maxi’ Hughes simply couldn’t find his footing against Zepeda’s relentless pressure. Each round became more difficult for Hughes as Zepeda relentlessly drove forward, peppering his opponent with brutal combinations on the body and the head. By the end of the fourth round, Hughes’ corner had seen enough. They stopped the fight, saving their fighter from further punishment, and referee Robert Hoyle sealed Zepeda’s dominant TKO victory.

Before this bout, the Golden Boy Promotions CEO had already put out a warning for Stevenson to keep an eye out for Zepeda. Now, after the fight, De La Hoya again mentioned the name of ‘Sugar’ Stevenson while discussing Zepeda’s future prospects. He said, “Oscar De La Hoya: 30 win. 30 and 0. William Zepeda. Great performance. My hats off to Maxi Hughes. But William Zepeda is ready for anybody. Shakur Stevenson. The winner of Kambosos. Let’s go. Let’s get it on.

Furthermore, De La Hoya even posted on X himself, where he wrote, “Hi @ShakurStevenson this is @williamzepeda2.” So, the promoter is trying to land a fight with the WBC titlist. However, Stevenson is looking forward to being the replacement for the Haney-Garcia fight, in case Ryan Garcia pulls out. Sadly, he hasn’t received any response from Haney’s team.

Shakur Stevenson sends a lucrative offer to Devin Haney’s team

For some time now, speculations of cancellation have been rife in the boxing world as concerns mount about Ryan Garcia‘s mental health ahead of his fight against Devin Haney. The possibility of Garcia pulling out of the fight has Shakur Stevenson licking his lips.

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The current WBC lightweight champion sees himself as the perfect replacement for Garcia. At 25 years old, Stevenson is hungry for a chance to prove himself on the biggest stage. Reposting a Boxing Kingdom post, Stevenson revealed the offer he sent to Bill Haney. He wrote, “Damn I reached out to Bill didn’t get a reply but we would love to step in especially in NY.. We would sell out and it’s a big fight.

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It remains to be seen what choice Shakur Stevenson makes as he now has a lot of options in front of him. Even if he isn’t chosen to be the replacement, he can still opt to fight Zepeda in his scheduled July fight. What are your thoughts about this? Tell us in the comments section.

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Chirag Radhyan is a senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Having authored close to 2K articles, he is a live-coverage specialist, contributing to the detailed reportage of live boxing events ranging from the Jermell Charlo vs Canelo Alvarez bout to Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis. Moreover, his coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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