By Craig Page: Vasyl Lomachenko says he sees Shakur Stevenson as a better fighter than undisputed champion Devin Haney and WBA junior 135-lb Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
2016 US Olympian Shakur (19-0, 9 KOs) has never fought at heavyweight, making it difficult for Lomachenko to compare him to Tank Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) and belt champion Haney who he has no success.
Although Stevenson has never fought in the 135-lb weight class, Lomachenko feels that his experience sets him apart from Tank Davis and Haney, both of whom have been very successful in their fights.
The problem with the 27-year-old Gervonta is that he is easily nailed, even by the smaller opponents he is eating like Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero, Leo Santa Cruz, Isaac Cruz, and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Haney appears to be practically done with the 135-lb division after campaigning at that weight class since turning pro in 2015, and it’s still hard to see him as a heavyweight. really considering its size after re-watering.
If you look at Haney’s last two fights against George Kambosos, he looked like a fully rehydrated light welterweight instead of a heavyweight.
I don’t know how Haney can make the 135-lb limit because he’s more than a middleweight. Teofimo Lopez is another example of a fighter who was successful at 135 by overwhelming his opponents. Teofimo has been a true 140-pounder competing against the juniors for the past two years at lightweight.
“It’s a good question and an interesting question. I think we can only guess, and at the same time, I believe Shakur Stevenson is the best boxer,Vasyl Lomachenko told the DAZN Boxing Show when asked who he sees as the best fighter between Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, Devin Haney, and Shakur Stevenson.
Without question, Stevenson was a better fighter than Tank or Haney and could beat both of them if they were to fight him.
“The reason why I say that is that if you watch the Davis fight, he punches a lot; with Devin Haney, he was injured [in his fight with Jorge Linares].
“Shakur Stevenson does not find himself in a difficult situation like those fighters. It’s about better defense,” Lomachenko said.
Executive promoter Bob Arum wants to build Stevenson into a big start at heavyweight, but he will need to be able to fight better.