Arum doubts Shakur Stevenson vs. Isaac Cruz will happen
Mauricio Sulaiman’s rotation and dealings have been on full display over the past few days.
After sifting through different weight classes, Sulaiman ordered a long list of fights that would seemingly take place at some point in 2023. Among them were Shakur Stevenson and Isaac Cruz called to the mat. With Devin Haney engaged in meaningful talks to defend his undisputed lightweight throne against Vasiliy Lomachenko, Sulaiman determined the winner between Cruz and Stevenson would be Haney’s mandatory challenger.
Shortly after his announcement, Stevenson (19-0, 9 KOs) took to social media as fans began pestering the former champ with questions regarding his potential showdown against Cruz.
“I don’t dodge and dodge anyone,” Stevenson said on his verified Twitter account.
But despite Stevenson’s willingness to take on the tough and tough contender, Bob Arum, his longtime promoter, is urging fans to ignore Sulaiman’s recent tenure. Although neither side has attempted to negotiate the terms of a deal, Arum is confident the 24-year-old will tuck his cock between his legs and take cover.
“I don’t think so,” Arum told FightHype.com when asked if a matchup between Stevenson and Cruz could become a reality. “I don’t think Cruz is really looking forward to fighting him. I don’t think anyone is really looking forward to fighting Shakur, so I don’t think that fight will happen. I think we’ll probably go a different direction for Shakur. I don’t blame Cruz for not wanting to fight him.
Cruz, of course, gained national notoriety after his highly competitive fight against Gervonta Davis in December 2021. Although he fell short, Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) was universally praised for testing Davis like no other. other.
Since making a name for himself, the Mexican star hasn’t been resting on his laurels. Instead, the WBC’s current interim title roster has recorded back-to-back stoppage wins, the latest coming from the violent variety against Eduardo Ramirez.
Stevenson, on the other hand, continued his dominant run. After an unsuccessful attempt to reach the 130-pound weight limit against Robson Conceicao, Stevenson reluctantly relinquished his WBO and WBC super featherweight titles.
With the former two-division champion officially set to crush the 135-pound party, Arum hopes the winner of Haney vs. Lomachenko will face Stevenson immediately.
In any event, Arum remains doubtful that Cruz will ultimately choose to fight Stevenson. However, if Team Cruz makes a serious offer, Arum reveals that he will quickly move forward with their showdown.