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Bob Arum says Isaac Cruz doesn’t want Shakur Stevenson fight, doubts it happens

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By Sam Volz: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz isn’t interested in fighting Shakur Stevenson in the WBC’s ordered clash between them.

As a result, Arum says he will look for another opponent for #4 WBC Shakur (19-0, 9 KOs) to fight next.

The WBC ordered #2 ranked lightweight contender Pitbull Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) and Stevenson to fight next, with the winner to take on the Devin Haney vs. Vasyl Lomchenko victor for the undisputed 135-kb championship.

Unfortunately, the 24-year-old former world title challenger Pitbull Cruz isn’t interested in fighting Stevenson, according to Arum.

You can’t blame Cruz for not wanting to fight defensive artist Shakur because it would be almost impossible for him to land his shots, and it would be a bad career move for the Mexican slugger.

Pitbull Cruz can make a lot of money in a rematch with WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in 2023.

It’s believed that Mayweather Promotions plan on putting together a rematch between Tank and Cruz, likely next year.

As such, the money Pitbull Cruz can make fighting Gervonta on Showtime PPV will probably be a lot more than he’d get fighting Stevenson on ESPN+.

“I don’t think so. I don’t think Cruz is really anxious to fight him because I don’t think anybody is really anxious to fight Shakur. So, I don’t think that fight will happen,” said Bob Arum to Fighthype, reacting to the WBC ordering Shakur Stevenson and Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz to fight during the sanctioning body’s convention on Wednesday.

“I think we’ll go in a different direction for Shakur. Because there are four sanctioning bodies,” said Arum when asked what happens when a sanctioning body orders a fight, but the promoters don’t want to make the contest.

“Cruz will probably look to fight somebody else for another sanctioning body’s mandatory, and we’ll do the same with Shakur.

“If I’m wrong, we’ve reached out to Sean Gibbons. Shakur will obviously fight anybody at 135 because he’s a fantastic fighter, and I don’t blame Cruz for not wanting to fight him.

“100%,” said Arum about whether he’d be interested in making the Stevenson-Cruz fight if Pitbull and his promoters were interested in fighting Shakur.

“I  can’t really see anybody other than the top, top guys, like Haney or Lomachenko, being anything other than an easy fight for Shakur. He’s that good,” said Arum.

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