By Craig Page: Shakur Stevenson is calling for a lightweight tournament to decide who is the #1 fighter in the heavyweight division. Here’s the thing. Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) wants all fighters in the tournament to be paid “A lot of money for each fight.“
In an ideal world, a heavyweight tournament would be a good idea to decide the true #1 in the 135-lb division. If promoters and networks don’t block the idea, we could have these fighters enter the tournament:
- Shakur Stevenson
- Vasyl Lomachenko
- Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis
- Ryan Garcia
- Isaac Cruz
- Michel Rivera
- Jaime Ortiz
- William Zepeda
Considering how Tank Davis has struggled against fighters like Isaac Cruz, Leo Santa Cruz, and Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero, he can be beaten in the lightweight competition.
Unfortunately, the boxing skills that Mayweather marketed to Tank were not enough to win the tournament against the likes of Shakur & Lomachenko.
The truth is that advertisers and networks will not be with this idea because they will not want to share the fighters with other platforms.
They should make 135 tournaments like super six but pay us a lot of money for each fight.. This will be fire 🔥
– Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) October 19, 2022
Additionally, promoters don’t want their fighters’ careers to be damaged by being beaten and exposed. You can imagine what would happen to a fighter like Ryan Garcia in the 135-lb competition.
He will be beaten again and again, and his performance will deteriorate towards the end of the tournament. Even if the elimination competition is the same, it is doubtful that the advertisers & networks will be with this idea.
Stevenson, 25, could have a chance to fight lightweight champion Devin Haney or perhaps Vasyl Lomachenko for all the belts soon.
Regardless of whether or not Haney runs from the 135-lb division to move up to 140 to avoid losing to Lomachenko & Shakur, we’ll see Stevenson get a shot at the top spot soon.
Ultimately, the #1 spot in the heavyweight division will come down to a fight between Lomachenko and Shakur Stevenson, as Haney will either be taken right away in his next fight, possibly against Loma, or he will leave Its four titles and move up to 140 to avoid all.
A major league that includes the best in the heavyweight division will consume a lot of time if they match up, and this will be a problem for fighters who are growing in the division like Haney. He can’t keep the weight on for a long time.