Shakur Stevenson has been backed by boxing legend Mike Tyson ahead of his highly anticipated move to the lightweight division.
Devin Haney currently reigns over the star-studded 135-pound weight class which is home to elite fighters such as George Kambosos Jr, Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis, Vasyl Lomachenko and Ryan Garcia.
Stevenson became a two-weight world champion at just 24 last October when he stopped Jamel Herring in 10 rounds in Atlanta to win the WBO super featherweight championship.
He then earned a dominating 12-round victory over Oscar Valdez in their 130-pound title unification bout in April, two months before he turned 25.
Before his last fight against Robson Conceicao, Stevenson lost two pounds in weight and was forced to give up his two world titles, The Ring championship belt and a percentage of his purse.
Stevenson took out his frustrations on Conceicao whom he beat for 12 rounds to improve his perfect boxing record to 19-0 and score a unanimous decision win via the judges who all scored the fight in his favor.
After his latest victory, the American announced his intention to put on some weight and immediately set his sights on a fight with undisputed lightweight champion Haney and Ukrainian superstar Lomachenko.
“Everyone at 135 is about to get it,” Stevenson said.
“We have to fight the champion. Devin Haney, me and him can lock it down after Kambosos. Let’s go! I will also fight Lomachenko.
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Haney and Kambosos Jr will square off later this year, with the winner lined up to face Lomnacheko.
So, Stevenson may have to wait a bit for his title, but ‘Iron Mike’ is confident the youngster will land another belt whenever he gets the chance.
“Shakur Stevenson is a top class fighter,” Tyson said on social media.
“I don’t think it will make a difference that he gave up the title because of the weight difference.
“He will just go to the next division and win that title as well.”