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Will Devin Haney fight Shakur Stevenson? Doubts remain over Ryan Garcia boxing match on April 20

While the boxing world anxiously looks forward to Devin Haney’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Ryan Garcia on April 20, there are still doubts over the fight taking place at the Barclays Center as scheduled.

WATCH: Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia, live on DAZN

The reason for this is Garcia’s behavior on social media and his admission that he’s been indulging in alcohol and drugs. While undeniably talented, the Los Angeles star has looked troubled in recent weeks, and his preparations will have been affected.

Garcia also divulged on social media that the New York State Athletic Commission has requested a mental health evaluation, and the fighter has threatened to sue for “defamation of character.” Things are just going from bad to worse.

Step forward WBC lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson.

“We would love to step in, especially in NY. We would sell out and it’s a big fight,” said Stevenson via X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday.

As of this moment, Haney vs. Garcia remains intact, but The Sporting News looks at the possibility of Stevenson getting the call should the fight fall through.

Will Devin Haney fight Shakur Stevenson?

Haney has proved that he’s willing to take on all comers.

“The Dream” ventured to Australia to win the undisputed lightweight title at the expense of home fighter George Kambosos Jr. and returned to repeat the dosage in a direct rematch.

Since then, Haney has outpointed Vasiliy Lomachenko and Regis Prograis in world title fights before signing on for Garcia. Among the elite, he is arguably the most tested fighter in world boxing over the last three years.

There’s no reason to believe that Haney is reluctant to face Stevenson, but it’s not that simple.

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Why can’t Haney fight Stevenson on April 20?

Where do we start?

The Haney vs. Garcia fight will be broadcast by DAZN. Golden Boy Promotions, who represent Garcia, is the lead promoter, while Matchroom Boxing will work with Haney for this fight.

On the other hand, Stevenson is under contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, which brings a host of issues, including TV rights. All Top Rank shows are broadcast by ESPN.

As well as that, Haney has been preparing for Garcia, who is an orthodox boxer-puncher. Stevenson is a southpaw slickster with a completely different style. With five weeks to go, there isn’t enough time to prepare adequately.

If that’s not enough, Bill Haney, Devin’s father and trainer/ manager told BoxingScene that Stevenson “brings nothing to the table” following a listless victory over Edwin De Los Santos in November.

Who will Shakur Stevenson fight next?

Following William Zepeda’s emphatic stoppage victory over Maxi Hughes at the weekend, there were calls for Stevenson to face the Mexican slugger next.

Zepeda is currently rated No. 1 by the WBC, and he called out the lightweight champ during his post-fight interview.

In response, Stevenson told promoter Oscar De La Hoya via X that he’s more than willing to face Zepeda next.

“Let Oscar call me and I’ll get that fight done for July,” Arum told BoxingScene. “We have a date, July 6, and the Prudential Center is reserved. We certainly would consider him.”

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