Shakur Stevenson Wears Down Oscar Valdez To Unify Super Featherweight Titles
Shakur Stevenson has done it again.
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) unified the WBC and WBO super featherweight titles on Saturday over Oscar Valdez by unanimous decision in Las Vegas. With the win, the 24-year-old became a two-division champion.
“I’m a superstar in this sport,” Stevenson said.
“I want to collect all the belts at 130 and become undisputed. I deserve to be a superstar, so that’s what I gotta do.”
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For practically all 12 rounds, Stevenson controlled the fight and used his southpaw jab to keep Valdez within range.
In the second round, Valdez tried to catch up. He began to throw shots at Stevenson’s body, which would connect, and continue to work inside of Stevenson’s defense.
But still, Stevenson continued to outland Valdez. The aftereffects became evident in the fifth round when Valdez’s face began to bruise.
The next round was one of the most dramatic moments of the fight.
In the sixth, Stevenson landed a right hook that sent his opponent to the ropes, then a second right hand put him to the canvas, which was ruled a knockdown. Valdez seemed to not understand why Referee Kenny Bayless was giving him an eight-count.
The Mexican boxer didn’t seem like he was ready to give up just yet – especially with stablemate Canelo Alvarez at ringside – so in the eighth and ninth round, Valdez unloaded a barrage of right crosses and hands.
Still, Stevenson was able to counter it.
By the end of it, Valdez looked tired. Stevenson took a victory lap around the ring, confident that he had done more than enough to seal the win.
Valdez suffered the first loss of his professional career.
Stevenson said fans might see him at lightweight for his next fight.
“You line ’em up, name ’em, I’m ready for whoever,” he said.
Also during the post-fight interview, the 24-year-old got on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, rapper Young Lyric. She said yes.