Shakur Stevenson has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. A 2016 Olympic silver medalist, Stevenson is also a two-division world champion as a professional. The Newark-born Stevenson now has a chance to win gold in his third division when he faces Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant WBC lightweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 16.
The WBC title was put on the line after Devin Haney was named “champion in recess” by the organization. Haney moves up in weight to face super lightweight titlist Regis Prograis on December 9. But regardless of the result of that fight, there’s the possibility that we could see Stevenson and Haney duke it out for lightweight supremacy in the future.
Another relevant debate from boxing fans and media alike revolves around the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter. Canelo Alvarez was usurped by the likes of Oleksandr Usyk, Terence Crawford, and Naoya Inoue. Now, Stevenson, Haney, and Gervonta Davis are attempting to reach the top.
If Stevenson and Haney do face-off, where would the winner rank on the pound-for-pound rankings? Can Stevenson even be considered a pound-for-pound great this early in his career?
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“In my opinion, I’m better than everybody,” Stevenson told Million Dollaz Worth of Game via Boxing Scene. “I believe in myself, I’m confident in my ability.”
The Sporting News looks into Stevenson’s status in boxing and where he ranks among the best.
Stevenson is ranked 10th in the current Sporting News P4P rankings. The 26-year-old could end up a lot higher if he beats the likes of Haney, Davis, or Vasiliy Lomachenko next. The two-weight champion is also ranked fourth within SN’s lightweight rankings.
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Stevenson is ranked No. 1 at 135 pounds with the WBC, hence why he has this world title shot.
The Ring Magazine does not have Stevenson in its Top-10 but has him ranked fifth in the lightweight rankings.
The American is ranked No. 9 on ESPN’s rankings.