Oscar Valdez Wants Revenge, And Shakur Stevenson Looks For Validation In 130-Pound Showdown
After reaching the prime of his career, Oscar Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) is looking forward to his junior lightweight championship match against Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs). The match will take place on Saturday.
This match provides an opportunity for the Mexican to redeem himself in front of his home support. The Mexican reached the Mount Everest of his professional career after securing the “Bubble-era” knockout of Miguel Berchelt in February 2021.
However, he struggled against Robson Conceicao, winning after a unanimous decision which was closer than what the score line suggests.
Before that, the 31-year-old tested positive for the banned stimulant Phentermine.
Due to this controversy, many people argued whether Valdez would ever be the same after this.
“2021 was an incredible learning experience for me because of its roller-coaster events. I started off like a train and the year ended up with one of the lowest moments of my career,” Valdez said.
“The fact that I was called a cheater and various other things is not funny. It takes strong character for anyone to absorb such criticism. The most important thing was that I kept my head down and did all the hard work,” Valdez concluded.