Shakur Stevenson vs Oscar Valdez Is Reportedly On: Potential Date and Venue Revealed

Published 01/17/2022, 10:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Oscar Valdez is victorious as he defeats Miguel Berchelt for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

The boxing world is going to witness an epic bout in the super-featherweight division on 30th April. Two-weight division world champion Oscar Valdez is all set to battle undefeated southpaw pugilist Shakur Stevenson at MGM Grand in Vegas.

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It is a unification bout for WBC and WBO super-featherweight world title. American sportswriter Dan Rafael confirmed, and it surfaced on Twitter by boxing editor Michael Benson. The 130lbs unification bout was in a row since American professional boxer Shakur captured the WBO featherweight title.

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Both fighters are constantly gaining accolades since they stepped into the professional ring. Oscar Valdez has been a heavy puncher and had a marvelous record of 23 knock-outs. He is more experienced than Shakur.

However, Shakur has a little height and reach advantage. Along with that, he is not a hard crusher. Instead, he finishes opponents with accurate punching skills and constantly throws jabs for 12-rounds.

Oscar Valdez vs Shakur Stevenson

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Oscar Valdez is a belligerent fighter. The 31-year-old Mexican successfully defended his first WBC super-featherweight title against Brazilian boxer Robson Conceicao in September. Though judges favored Valdez, it was a close bout. The only reason that possibly assisted him in defending the title was that his punches were more solid and clean. Truly, it was a tough fight for Valdez as Robson’s speed and steady jab unsettled Valdez. His face showed signs of the beating he took before the fight ended.

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)

However, the former Olympic silver medalist Shakur crafted a remarkable set of skills against his previous opponent, Jamel Herring. He outboxed Herring with a technical knock-out in the 10th round in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an easy win for Shakur. He delivered multiple shots and showed his impeccable fighting skills. He caught Herring in the early rounds of the fight and masterfully executed his strategy. Setting up the opponent and punishing him tirelessly for 12-rounds and knowing the fact that he can’t fight back with his defensive tactics.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a boxing writer at EssentiallySports. With over 3 years of experience in boxing as a boxer. After completing his training as an amateur boxer, he is giving trials for State and nationals.

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