Edwin De Los Santos is hoping that favourite Shakur Stevenson makes an attempt to knock him out on Thursday evening as a result of his goal is to entertain the followers watching on ESPN on the T-Cell Area in Las Vegas. The very last thing De Los Santos (16-1, 14 KOs) desires is to bore the general public as a result of he desires to go away an enduring favorable impression.
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Shakur (20-0, 10 KOs) & De Los Santos can be combating for the vacant WBC light-weight title within the headliner on Thursday evening. This occasion is anticipated to be watched by many informal boxing followers, because it’s happening throughout Components One Grand Prix week in Las Vegas.
De Los Santos obtained the gig as a result of not one of the higher-ranked contenders within the WBC’s high 10 have been fascinated with going through the defensive artist Shakur Stevenson, who’s tough to hit.
The highly effective De Los Santos factors out that protection doesn’t win fights, and he’ll make it possible for his offense is superior to what the finesse-oriented Stevenson has to supply.
It will be in De Los Santos’ greatest curiosity to attempt to rating a knockout as a result of Shakur is the A-side and is being given an enormous push by his promoters at High Rank.
They consider Shakur is the subsequent famous person within the light-weight division, however his combating fashion brings again reminiscences of the defensive fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. Shakur isn’t enjoyable to look at in comparison with De Los Santos and thrilling punchers within the light-weight division.
“I might hope that he’s coming right here considering he can knock me out as a result of that manner, we may give a battle that may fulfill the folks,” mentioned Edwin De Los Santos to the media throughout at present’s fighter exercises forward of his essential occasion conflict in opposition to Shakur Stevenson.
“I’m very excited. I went from being the televised opener to being in the primary occasion. I’ve good protection as nicely, and he has good protection. However like my coach at all times says, protection doesn’t win fights. I’ve to interrupt by his protection, and I’ve protection as nicely. You simply haven’t seen it.
“I’m right here to battle in opposition to anybody, take any problem. I belong to the PBC secure, so that may be greatest. That might be sensible to do,” mentioned De Los Santos when requested if he would return to the PBC secure to attempt to organize a battle with Gervonta Davis if he’s profitable in opposition to Shakur Stevenson.
“After all, I’m right here to tackle challenges, and Haney is considered one of my favourite ones. So, I’m prepared for that. I might say sure as a result of maybe he’s solely seeing the financial aspect,” mentioned De Los Santos when requested if he thinks Shakur ought to have accepted the 75-25 supply from Devin Haney.
“He [Shakur] mentioned I used to be searching for the payday, however I believe he was searching for the payday greater than me as a result of I accepted it for 25%. However I might have accepted that battle [against Haney], and I might have accepted even 10% as a result of I consider in myself.
“How does it really feel to have a chance for this title when lately it was very tough to get one as a result of there was an undisputed champion [Haney]? I really feel superb as a result of there have been few alternatives with the 4 titles with Devin Haney.
“So, he determined to maneuver up. Lots of people obtained provides [to fight Shakur]. Many individuals didn’t settle for, however I took the supply,” mentioned De Los Santos.