Bob Arum Uncertain How Oscar Valdez Vs. Shakur Stevenson Will Play Out

Posted on 03/24/2022

By: Hans Themistode

Each Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez have an insatiable want to show themselves as the person to beat. With each fighters holding world titles at 130 kilos, they’re extensively thought to be one of the best fighters that the burden class has to supply.

As of late, nonetheless, earlier than each males formally signed off on their April thirtieth, showdown, Stevenson brazenly berated Valdez in an try and lure him into the ring. Though Stevenson was initially satisfied that Valdez wished to shrink back from his open problem, the previous Olympic silver medalist was pleasantly stunned when Valdez welcomed Stevenson’s callouts with open arms.

With Stevenson in possession of the WBO tremendous featherweight title and Valdez holding agency to his WBC trinket, promoter Bob Arum is gleeful that their contest has grow to be a actuality.

“Each of those guys are very prideful,” mentioned Arum throughout an interview with Battle Hub TV. “Each of those guys have taken the battle, not as a result of they needed to by any sanctioning physique however as a result of they wished it. These sorts of fights are very intense and pleasant to look at.”

All through the lengthy Corridor of Fame profession of Arum, the longtime promoter has all the time had an inkling as to how any explicit contest would play out. Nevertheless, this time round, he’s having hassle selecting a winner.

Within the case of Stevenson, since making a reputation for himself within the 2016 Olympics, he’s barely damaged a sweat on his option to an unblemished document by way of 17 skilled fights, which incorporates two world titles. In his most up-to-date journey to the ring, Stevenson simply dissected former titlist, Jamel Herring, lifting his WBO 130 pound title within the course of.

As for Valdez, he’s grow to be bemused by the complete notion that he was “ducking” Stevenson within the first place. Though initially, Stevenson earned a compulsory title shot towards Valdez at 126 kilos, the Mexican native opted towards defending his WBO crown towards the American star and as an alternative, took on deleterious knockout puncher, Miguel Berchelt at 130 kilos.

Regardless of being thought of an underdog, Valdez brutalized his man, dropping him a complete of 4 instances earlier than ending him off within the tenth spherical. Since then, Valdez’s star energy has taken considerably of a success following his lackluster exhibiting towards Robson Conceicao in September of 2021.

Nonetheless, the listless exhibiting of Valdez will now be brushed underneath the rug. With just a little over a month remaining till the pair of world titleholders swap fists within the ring, oddsmakers have pegged Stevenson as a major favourite. However, whatever the public backing of the betting world, Arum continues to be uncertain how their contest will play out.

“I haven’t the foggiest notion of how the battle goes to play out. These guys have grow to be expert professionals they usually have nice corners. How the fights going to unfold is difficult to foretell.”

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