WBC Orders ‘Shakur Stevenson vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko’ Battle for Haney’s Abandoned Crown

In the highly competitive world of boxing, Vasiliy Lomachenko has faced only two losses in the past nine years, with Teófimo López and Devin Haney emerging as the victors. However, the outcomes of these bouts were fiercely contested, leading many experts to believe that Lomachenko deserved the win. Particularly, his recent controversial loss to Devin Haney on May 20th stirred up the lightweight division.

Following the contentious match, Shakur Stevenson wasted no time making his intentions clear. He confronted Haney in the ring, asserting his claim to the top spot in the division. Shakur’s confident retort, “For now,” hinted at the changing landscape in the lightweight division, where Haney’s reign might be short-lived.

The dynamics of the division shifted unexpectedly when Haney made a surprising decision to move up in weight to compete against Regis Prograis for the WBC junior welterweight championship instead of defending his undisputed lightweight title against Shakur in a mandatory challenge. This move opened up an opportunity for his rivals to capitalize on.

While it was anticipated that Haney would vacate his undisputed lightweight title in preparation for his bout with Prograis, the 24-year-old fighter petitioned with WBC officials to retain all of his lightweight championship belts. The WBC reviewed the situation and designated Haney as the “champion-in-recess.”

With Haney in this unique position, the WBC is reportedly considering ordering a matchup between Stevenson and Lomachenko to determine who will take control of Haney’s crown. However, due to his status as “champion-in-recess,” Haney retains the option to move back down in weight and challenge the winner of the proposed match if he so chooses.

The lightweight division is undoubtedly heating up with uncertainty, and boxing fans are eagerly awaiting how this intriguing situation will unfold, as Shakur Stevenson and Vasiliy Lomachenko position themselves to seize the opportunity left by Devin Haney’s move up in weight class.

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