Devin Haney’s father fires shots at Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson after their premature retirement

Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez were prominent figures in multiple weight divisions. Fans and experts anticipated that they would create a legacy reminiscent of Floyd Mayweather. However, things took a twisted turn when Teofimo Lopez announced his retirement in June 2023.

Seven months later, Shakur Stevenson also bid farewell to the sport. Now, Devin Haney’s father doesn’t seem impressed with the premature retirements of these two extremely talented boxers.

Devin Haney’s father slams Teofimo Lopez and Shakur Stevenson.

WBC super lightweight champion Devin Haney has been in a dilemma about getting a new opponent after Ryan Garcia shockingly announced replacing Haney with Rolly Romero. Since then, not just Ryan has been having trouble getting the official announcement of the next bout, but also Haney. After witnessing two retirements in the last 7 months, Devin’s father, Bill Haney, has been prompted to react to this matter.

It can be expected that, being both a coach and father to Haney, Bill was anticipating certain matchups, but those plans were halted. Recently, Bill took to his Instagram account and created a meme about Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Lopez, considering both as significant figures in boxing. Shakur maintained an undefeated record in his 21 fights, while Teofimo boasted 19 wins and 1 loss. Both decided to leave the sport after relinquishing their WBC lightweight and WBO International light welterweight titles, respectively.

Recently on Dazn, Bill Haney expressed, “Regarding retirement and the conspiracies in boxing… we have a recent retirement, or is it a publicity stunt with the Stevenson team?” This statement raises doubts about whether the retirement is a genuine departure from the boxing ring or a strategic move for publicity. Devin Haney’s father has unmistakably conveyed his disapproval of Shakur Stevenson’s decision to retire.

Shakur Stevenson announces his retirement

Two days ago, Shakur Stevenson announced a shocking retirement, confirming on his Twitter account that he would be dedicating himself full-time to teaching upcoming talent. This decision came amid the announcement of the Emanuel Navarrete vs. Denys Berinchyk bout.

Stevenson, disappointed by this development, chose to permanently step away from the boxing ring. The 26-year-old Olympic medalist was anticipating another high-profile bout, but his plans did not unfold as expected.

Last year, Teofimo Lopez took premature retirement, hanging his gloves just two days after his fight with Josh Taylor on June 10th. Teofimo even once challenged Haney for the championship.

What do you think Bill Haney’s move will do to push the big fight between his son and Shakur Stevenson or Teofimo Lopez?


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