“Stop Asking Questions”: Devin Haney’s Father Gives Scathing Response to Interviewer Over Shakur Stevenson Retirement Question

Published 02/04/2024, 12:57 PM EST

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In recent times, Shakur Stevenson has encountered significant challenges, particularly in securing formidable opponents for his matches. The latest hurdle emerged when he faced Edwin De Los Santos, an encounter that did not showcase Stevenson’s prowess effectively. The aftermath of this bout and the struggles before it appear to have taken a toll on the 26-year-old American boxer. So, what did Stevenson do?

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After being snubbed by big names in boxing as well as the World Boxing Organization (WBO) declaring Emanuel Navarrete vs. Denys Berinchyk for the vacant lightweight title, he announced his retirement on social media. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “I’m officially retiring from the sport of boxing.” This announcement has sent shockwaves through the boxing world. Devin Haney‘s trainer and father, Bill Haney wants all the questions about Stevenson’s retirement to end. Here’s why.

Bill Haney doesn’t want to answer questions about Stevenson’s retirement

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In an interview with FightHype.com when the interviewer asked him questions about Shakur Stevenson’s retirement, he stated, “Listen, he retire- you keep asking questions- and if you want him to come out- do you want him to come out of retirement?” The interviewer expressed a desire for Stevenson to come out of retirement and wished for Stevenson to face Vasyl Lomachenko. To this, Haney told him to “stop asking questions.” 

Moreover, he claimed, “How can a man want any of them people when he’s in retirement Ron? You asking for something that he’s not asking for.” Haney emphasized the futility of contemplating matchups with retired fighters and said, “Why would I think about anything if it’s retired or expired?”. The interviewer, mentioning the fans’ curiosity about Shakur Stevenson, encountered Haney’s analogy, likening it to a molded loaf of bread.

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“It’s like a loaf of bread, and you go in there and eat half of it, and you get halfway through and then you look at the end, it’s molded. You say, well why? How did that happen? You can’t do anything; you just got to take it and throw it.” In the meantime, Ryan Garcia has urged Stevenson to not retire from the sport.

Ryan Garcia dispenses useful advice to Shakur Stevenson

After Stevenson announced his retirement from the sport, in a surprising turn of events, it was Ryan Garcia who came to suggest otherwise. Garcia took to Twitter and wrote a heartfelt message for Stevenson.

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‘The Flash’ wrote, “I’m trying to be as sincere even though shakur is pretty annoying – don’t retire, don’t let these things get to you. If it’s a publicity stunt well play your move. But if it’s not, a performance shouldn’t stop your journey. You can come back look good and everything will be good. Please head up man!”

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This is interesting to witness as previously after Stevenson’s fight with De Los Santos, Garcia had called his fight “boring” and had written, “best night of sleep I’ve ever had.” It appears that despite the rivalry, Garcia doesn’t want the budding career of the lightweight champion to end like this.

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