NEW YORK – If Shakur Stevenson must struggle Vasiliy Lomachenko, he’ll must go up from the 130-pound division to the lightweight prohibit of 135.
When requested straight about boxing the unbeaten Stevenson, Lomachenko acknowledged solely that he intends to proceed being throughout the 135-pound division to pursue his biggest purpose of turning into boxing’s undisputed champion in that physique weight course. The 33-12 months-previous Lomachenko reviewed probably going by Stevenson and several other different topics adhering to a push convention Thursday at Madison Sq. Yard backyard to endorse his 12-spherical lightweight fight towards Richard Commey on Saturday evening.
“I reported proper earlier than I’m nonetheless 135,” Lomachenko claimed. “I need to be undisputed champion within the lightweight division. I’ve a goal. I’ve a want, so I by no means have a program to go down.”
Stevenson (17-, 9 KOs), the WBO junior lightweight winner, most wish to oppose Oscar Valdez (30-, 23 KOs), the WBC tremendous featherweight champ. He has commonly questioned why their promoter, Bob Arum, doesn’t need to match them, even with that Stevenson stopped Jamel Herring within the tenth spherical Oct 23 at Situation Farm Area in Atlanta to develop right into a 130-pound champion.
The 23-year-outdated Stevenson, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist from Newark, New Jersey, was Valdez’s obligatory challenger when Valdez was the WBO featherweight winner. Mexico’s Valdez moved up instead of defending his 126-pound championship in direction of Stevenson, who later gained the then-vacant WBO featherweight title by fully out-boxing Joet Gonzalez in Oct 2019.
Arum informed BoxingScene.com not way back that he’s further interested by matching Stevenson in opposition to Lomachenko and Valdez versus Emanuel Narvarrete (35-1, 29 KOs), the most recent operator of the WBO featherweight title. Mexico’s Navarrete is a promotional no value agent, though, which may make inserting collectively a Valdez-Navarrete bout way more robust.
That potential complication aside, Arum “completely” considers Lomachenko-Stevenson a pay back-for each-watch wrestle.
“The wrestle I wanna do is Shakur and Lomachenko,” Arum claimed. “I point out, I by no means therapy if it’s not for a title. That wrestle might be achieved. I do know Shakur must battle Valdez, however a improved battle for everybody is Valdez and Navarrete, an enormous [Mexican] struggle.”
The 12-spherical wrestle regarding Ukraine’s Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) and Ghana’s Commey (30-3, 27 KOs) will headline ESPN’s 4-bout broadcast from Madison Sq. Backyard (9 p.m. ET 6 p.m. PT).
Keith Idec is a senior creator/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be attained on Twitter @Idecboxing.