Shakur Stevenson More Interested In Oscar Valdez Showdown Over Vasiliy Lomachenko: “We Seen Lomachenko Lose Twice”

Posted on 01/10/2022

By: Hans Themistode

(Photograph by Al Bello/Getty Photographs)

Shakur Stevenson has loved his time combating underneath the promotional banner of High Rank. However, regardless of his ongoing success, each Stevenson and longtime promoter Bob Arum, are diametrically opposed in the case of his quick pugilistic future.

Following a one-sided win over Jeremia Nakathila on the halfway level of 2021, Stevenson marched confidently into his showdown in opposition to former WBO tremendous featherweight titlist Jamel Herring. Though the group at State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta, Georgia, vehemently cheered on the previous marine, Stevenson effortlessly dissected his man all through the evening.

Because the punishment continued, referee Mark Nelson noticed sufficient, placing an finish to their showdown within the tenth spherical. With the victory, Stevenson wrapped his second world title in as many weight courses round his waist.

For his subsequent ring look, Arum has floated across the thought of matching up Stevenson with former three-division world champion and present pound-for-pound star, Vasiliy Lomachenko. Within the opinion of Stevenson, nevertheless, a showdown in opposition to the Ukrainian, whereas intriguing, isn’t on the forefront of his thoughts.

Contemplating each males’s monitor data, if the choice was solely as much as the previous Olympic silver medalist, he would a lot reasonably face off in opposition to undefeated WBC 130 pound titlist, Oscar Valdez.

“We seen Lomachenko lose twice,” mentioned Stevenson throughout an interview with “He beat numerous nice fighters however did we see him lose twice? We did proper? What number of occasions did we see Valdez lose? We by no means seen him lose earlier than.”

Though Lomachenko presently occupies a excessive standing on most pound-for-pound lists, the previous two-time Olympic gold medalist has suffered defeats throughout his time as a professional.

In solely his second skilled contest, Lomachenko tried to turn into the quickest boxer in historical past to win a world title. Nevertheless, although he would rally again within the second half, Lomachenko was handed a break up resolution loss to Orlando Salido.

For the following six years, Lomachenko outboxed and out-muscled his competitors. Consequently, he was topped a world champion in three separate weight courses. However, on the tail finish of 2020, Lomachenko was surprisingly dethroned by Teofimo Lopez. Since then, the slick hitting southpaw has picked up back-to-back victories over Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey.

Nonetheless, no matter Lomachenko regaining his type, Stevenson believes Valdez has been extra spectacular as of late.

“Valdez had an awesome efficiency with [Miguel] Berchelt, knocked him out and Valdez has by no means been beat. We noticed him [Vasiliy Lomachenko] get within the ring with Teofimo and he seemed sort of scared.”

Valdez, 31, sauntered his approach to the ring in opposition to Berchelt within the first quarter of 2021, making an attempt to ascertain himself as a real participant at 130 kilos. In his lone look as an excellent featherweight earlier than his showdown in opposition to Berchelt, Valdez received a reasonably shut unanimous resolution in opposition to journeymen Jayson Velez.

Even with most within the betting market and boxing world counting him out, Valdez had arguably one of the best efficiency of his profession. The 31-year-old would go on to drop Berchelt a complete of thrice earlier than registering a knockout of the 12 months contender within the tenth to strip Berchelt of his WBC crown. Lately, Valdez defended his newly received strap in opposition to Robson Conceicao.

If Arum have been efficiently in a position to lure Lomachenko right down to the 130 pound weight restrict or persuade Stevenson to maneuver 5 kilos north, the Corridor of Fame promoter believes a showdown between them could be field workplace gold.

Whereas Stevenson isn’t against dealing with Lomachenko, or anybody else for that matter, if he was given full autonomy over his profession, he would a lot reasonably tackle Valdez.

“Valdez by no means misplaced, I by no means misplaced. I’m reaching the prime of my profession, he’s within the prime of his profession. The most effective vs. one of the best.”

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