Shakur Stevenson vs Frank Martin: WBC officially orders title bout after Devin Haney claims “champion in recess” status

Due to Devin Haney’s decision to move up to a higher weight class and his subsequent “champion in recess” status, the potential match against Shakur Stevenson has been postponed. However, the WBC has now ordered a title bout between Shakur Stevenson and Frank Martin.

Stevenson, who had consistently expressed his interest in challenging Haney for the 135-pound world title, is now going to fight Frank while Haney goes on to the 140-pound division for a new challenge.

WBC orders Shakur Stevenson vs Frank Martin

Shakur was surprised by Haney’s decision to move up to the super lightweight division and face Regis Prograis while still holding onto his lightweight belts. The former two-weight class world champion found it perplexing that the WBC allowed Haney to sidestep a match against him, move up in weight, and retain his titles.

In response, the WBC has apparently found a solution to provide Shakur with an opportunity to compete for the vacant title. To achieve this, Stevenson is scheduled to fight “The Ghost” in his upcoming bout.

Martin, who maintains an undefeated record in professional boxing, is coming off a victory against Artem Harutyunyan. Born in Michigan, Frank entered the professional scene in 2017 and has participated in 18 fights winning all of them with 12 victories coming via knockout.

Devin Haney receives “champion in recess” status

Many boxing enthusiasts had expected ‘Dream’ to face either Shakur or Gervonta Davis in his next bout. However, Haney’s team encountered difficulties in finalizing negotiations with either opponent.

As the deadline drew near, “Dream” chose to move up to a higher weight class and challenge Regis Prograis. Haney officially sought permission from the WBC to compete in the 140-pound division while still holding onto his lightweight belts.

Yesterday, the WBC granted Haney the status of “champion in recess” in the 135-pound weight category. This development has set the stage for a super lightweight fight between Haney and Prograis. They will fight for the WBC super lightweight title on October 28 in Las Vegas.

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