Mike Tyson Once Warned Oscar Valdez With ‘Scary’ Message About Shakur Stevenson

Published 04/30/2022, 1:34 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Former boxer Mike Tyson performs during his one-man show “Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage” at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on March 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Oscar Valdez will finally come face to face with Shakur Stevenson this Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will put one another to a test for a world junior lightweight championship unification bout. The wait is almost over, and now it is only a matter of a few moments till fans see the fight go down.

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Shakur Stevenson had been longing for this fight for some time now. Finally, this Saturday, he will get to live his wish. However, a year back when Stevenson appeared on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, he made a bold statement regarding why Valdez vacated his belt and moved up to another weight division.

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Hearing Stevenson’s thoughts well, the following is what Mike Tyson told immediately in the presence of the young fighter, “You’re [Stevenson] a scary guy. A scary guy, yeah.”

‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ calling someone a scary guy is truly something.

What did Shakur Stevenson mean?

According to Shakur Stevenson’s belief, just when he became a mandatory fight for Oscar Valdez, the latter vacated the belt and moved up to another weight division. The reason was simple: Oscar Valdez did not want to lose against Shakur Stevenson, so he did exactly what he could while he still had time.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – May 25: Team USA boxer Shakur Stevenson hits the bag during a demonstration at the U.S. Olympic Training Center May 25, 2016. Stevenson had sensors in his gloves that contained 3-d accelerometers and 3-d gyroscopes that measured frequency, force and effort exerted. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

As Stevenson had told during that interview, “Right now, like I said, Valdez was a champ at 26. When I became his mandatory, he vacated the belt and moved up. Now Jamel Herron, he just fought for the belt he won and now I’m in his mind.

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It seems pretty clear from what Shakur Stevenson speaks. Indeed, the young fighter believed himself to be the sole reason Valdez vacated the title and moved up to a different weight division in boxing.

Now that they are both here, Stevenson and Valdez, how do they look beside one another?

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Shakur Stevenson is currently 24 years old. Stevenson stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall and consequently has a reach of 68 inches when he fights. His current professional record comprises 17 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws. In addition, 9 of his victories come via knockout.

LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Javier Martinez is victorious as he defeats Billy Wagner at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

On the other hand, Oscar Valdez stands as a more experienced fighter than Shakur. He is 31 years old and holds a professional record of 30 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws. However, he is only 5 feet and 6 inches tall, and therefore, falls two inches short compared to his rival, Stevenson.

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They both are undefeated, which means on Saturday somebody’s zero will have to go. What do you think about Mike Tyson‘s comment on Stevenson? Do you believe Stevenson to be true?

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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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