Shakur Stevenson can’t discover footage of Edwin De Los Santos’ lone loss as an expert.
After watching William Foster III battle Henry Lebron on November 4, although, Stevenson can’t perceive how De Los Santos misplaced a break up determination to Foster in January 2022. Foster defeated De Los Santos by the identical rating, 77-74, on two scorecards.
De Los Santos received 77-74 on the opposite card, however he misplaced an eight-round battle of unbeaten prospects that Showtime televised as a part of its “ShoBox: The New Era” sequence from Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Florida.
Stevenson (20-0, 10 KOs), a two-division champion from Newark, New Jersey, and the Dominican Republic’s De Los Santos (16-1, 14 KOs) will battle Thursday evening for the vacant WBC light-weight title. ESPN will air their 12-round, 135-pound championship conflict as the primary occasion of a doubleheader scheduled to start out at 10:30 p.m. EDT at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas.
The closely favored Stevenson expects to come across a a lot sharper De Los Santos than the fighter that Foster defeated. Foster (16-1, 10 KOs, 1 NC) suffered his first skilled loss to Lebron (19-0, 10 KOs), a Puerto Rican southpaw who outboxed the New Haven, Connecticut native and received a 10-round majority determination at Tahoe Blue Occasion Middle in Stateline, Nevada.
“Oh my God! He was so horrible,” Stevenson advised BoxingScene.com in reference to Foster’s loss to Lebron. “That’s what didn’t make sense to me. I watched [Foster] battle and I’m like, ‘How the hell did he discover a approach to beat De Los Santos?’ After I watch De Los Santos battle, he appears like a very good fighter. So, it kinda didn’t add as much as me, however man, [Foster] was horrible when he fought Henry Lebron. He was horrible. Actually, even watching the battle, they act prefer it was a better battle. I assumed Henry dominated the battle.”
Lebron beat Foster by majority determination as a result of choose Max De Luca scored their battle a draw, 95-95. Judges Eric Cheek (96-94) and David Sutherland (99-91) scored Lebron the winner on the Efe Ajagba-Joe Goodall undercard.
De Los Santos is 3-0 since his loss to Foster. The 24-year-old contender’s profession modified for the higher when he upset then-unbeaten Jose Valenzuela (12-2, 8 KOs) by third-round knockout on the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Luis Ortiz undercard in September 2022 at Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles.
De Los Santos received up from a second-round knockdown and dropped Mexico’s Valenzuela as soon as apiece within the second and third rounds. The Brooklyn resident landed sufficient unanswered punches to trigger referee Ray Corona to halt the motion whereas a susceptible Valenzuela was nonetheless standing, 1:08 into the third spherical.
In his most up-to-date bout, De Los Santos outboxed Joseph Adorno (18-3-2, 15 KOs) and received their 10-round bout by unanimous determination July 8 at Boardwalk Corridor’s Adrian Phillips Theater in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey.
“I feel that he’s a great fighter,” Stevenson stated of De Los Santos. “I feel that he’s a boxer-puncher, he’s a thinker and I may see it being a chess match early.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He will be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.