‘Canelo Mayweather’: Oscar De La Hoya Saw History Repeat Itself in Oscar Valdez vs. Shakur Stevenson

Published 05/01/2022, 12:11 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Shakur Stevenson dominated Oscar Valdez throughout the twelve rounds. The former defeated Valdez via decision, inside a sold-out Madison Square Garden in New York. Following this win over Oscar Valdez, the twenty-four-year-old Stevenson is now the unified super-featherweight champion.

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Thoroughly, Stevenson demonstrated great skill in boxing and an excellent IQ inside the ropes. He fought aggressively and completely took advantage of his reach and size over Oscar Valdez.

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After the fight ended, the Golden Boy of Boxing Oscar De La Hoya took to Twitter and expressed a particular thought to his fans.

Oscar De La Hoya ruminating Canelo Alvarez vs. Floyd Mayweather

Seeing the fight happen, in just two words, De La Hoya wrote, “Canelo Mayweather.

As if he relived the moment back when, in 2013, Canelo Alvarez faced Floyd Mayweather. Like Shakur Stevenson, Floyd Mayweather also dominated his Mexican opponent Saul Alvarez that night. That fight also went the distance and Money won the match in a unanimous decision.

Here’s how Shakur Stevenson vs Oscar Valdez played out

Valdez started off with a high peekaboo guard against Stevenson and initially tried fighting from the center of the ring. Stevenson went outside the pocket and continuously measured Valdez with his long jab.

In the very first round, Stevenson attempted some powerful combinations. And quite overwhelmingly, he landed some of his attempts. However, the one combination that stood out comprised a double jab and a straight hand.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 09: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Shakur Stevenson celebrates after defeating Felix Caraballo (not pictured) by TKO in the sixth round of their super featherweight bout at MGM Grand Conference Center Grand Ballroom on June 09, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

In the second round, Stevenson started throwing his lead hook but missed a few by a whisker. On the other hand, Valdez, who effectively felt disadvantaged given his size and reach against Stevenson, pushed and gambled.

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He kept on throwing and missing. But, before the round could end, Valdez found Stevenson near a corner and landed some fast hands on the body.

Stevenson hitting his nitrous and putting a halt on Valdez

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As the match headed to the third round, despite falling short, Valdez tried his best to land some shots on Stevenson. Again, with the high guard, he threw some stinging, straight hands at his opponent. Impressively, Valdez, this time, cut the distance and landed a good body shot that found Stevenson hanging on the ropes.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 05: (R-L) Oscar Valdez of Mexico delivers a right against Osawa Hiroshige of Japan during their WBO featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Accidentally, Stevenson ended up hitting Valdez with a low blow and the third round ended with the referee’s warning. However, Stevenson hit his nitrous as round number four began. Occupied the center of the ring and, with his jab, kept Valdez at bay. Valdez could not land a clear shot here onwards, and Stevenson just went on pressurizing. The first knockdown of the match came at round number six. Stevenson put Valdez down.

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From the sixth round onwards, Stevenson kept the fight one-sided and relentlessly dominated his opponent, Oscar Valdez.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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