Shakur Stevenson Opens Up On Upcoming Showdown In opposition to Oscar Valdez: “I Need Him To Mentally Give up”

Posted on 04/26/2022

By: Hans Themistode

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Though Oscar Valdez has proven a number of layers to his all-around sport, the present WBC tremendous featherweight champion has principally relied on his grit, toughness, and tenacity to will himself to the highest of the pugilistic mountain.

In opposition to Scott Quigg in 2018, Valdez fought his strategy to a unanimous determination victory, regardless of struggling a damaged jaw. In opposition to Adam Lopez in 2019, Valdez peeled himself up off the deck within the second spherical and brawled his strategy to a tenth spherical stoppage victory.

Though the Mexican native is keen to do no matter it takes to choose up the victory in opposition to Shakur Stevenson this upcoming weekend, together with participating in one other all-out warfare, Stevenson admits that he gained’t be a keen participant. As an alternative, the previous Olympic silver medalist and present WBO tremendous featherweight champion envisions himself working towards the artwork of hit, whereas not getting hit.

“I’m not trying to have a troublesome combat with him,” stated Stevenson to Crystina Poncher. “I’m not trying to go tit for tat, you hit me, I hit you, let’s see who’s the harder fighter. I’m moving into there to choose him aside. I’m moving into there to choose him aside. I’m moving into there to mentally drain him.”

Stevenson, in his personal proper, has proven an eagerness at occasions, to press ahead and combat his opposition Mano e Mano. Following what Stevenson admits was a lackluster displaying in opposition to Jeremia Nakathila in June of 2021, Stevenson turned in arguably the very best efficiency of his profession 4 months later.

On October 23, on the State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta, Georgia, Stevenson was flawless as he dismantled now former titlist, Jamel Herring. With the win, Stevenson started his second world title reign in as many divisions.

Considered as a substantial favourite in opposition to Valdez, Stevenson isn’t stunned by the general public backing of the betting world. As the present 24-year-old takes an extended and onerous take a look at the ledger of his upcoming opponent, the New Jersey native can’t assist however smile. Whereas he wholeheartedly respects Valdez and the opponents he’s shared the ring with over time, Stevenson is satisfied that his talent set is one thing Valdez has merely by no means seen earlier than.

“I don’t suppose he’s ever been in entrance of a fighter like me. I feel that is his first time being in there with someone with my kind of abilities. Because the combat goes on, I would like him to mentally stop.”

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