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Shakur Stevenson-Christopher Diaz “being finalized” for April 20th

Diaz lost to Masayuki Ito in a super featherweight title shot last July

Terence Crawford v Jose Benavidez Jr. Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images

ESPN reports that Rio silver medalist and top featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson could face his stiffest test to date in his anticipated appearance on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan undercard, as former super featherweight title challenger Christopher Diaz has been pulled from a planned March 17th fight with Jessie Magdaleno. The deal is currently “being finalized” and could result in Magdaleno fighting Rico Ramos while Diaz faces Stevenson.

Stevenson (10-0, 6 KO) fought four times in 2017 and five times in 2018, then stopped Jessie Cris Rosales in four last month. He’s passed the eye test so far, and Diaz (24-1, 16 KO), who fell to Masayuki Ito in a bid for the WBO belt at 130 pounds last year, is exactly the sort of capable opponent he should be fighting right now to further his development.

Still no word yet as to who Teofimo Lopez, also linked to the Crawford-Khan card, will face, but this gives some hope for the matchmaking.

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