Shakur Stevenson Outclasses Oscar Valdez

Posted on 05/01/2022

By: Sean Crose

Undefeated juggernaut Shakur Stevenson headlined a Prime Rank ESPN card on Saturday night time, as he put his WBO junior light-weight title on the road in opposition to fellow juggernaut and WBC junior light-weight titlist Oscar Valdez (whose personal title belt was on the road, as nicely). The bout was scheduled for twelve rounds and went down on the MGM Grand in Vegas.

Stevenson began off flicking his southpaw jab within the first. Stevenson went on to begin to put his punches collectively within the second. Valdez was, nonetheless, capable of land to the physique. Valdez then got here alive within the third, touchdown straight proper’s to Stevenson’s head. Stevenson was capable of regain management within the fourth, largely retaining his man at bay.

Valdez had his moments within the fifth, however Stevenson landed the higher photographs. A slip led to Valdez dropping steadiness within the sixth. Shakur took benefit of the second and shortly put Valdez down on the mat. Stevenson grew to become fairly aggressive after Valdez bought again to his toes. The truth is, he appeared to be working in direction of the aim of ending his man throughout the distance.

By the seventh it was clear that, nearly as good as he was, Valdez was getting crushed up by Stevenson. Valdez definitely had his moments, however they had been too few and much between. The eighth noticed Stevenson successfully make use of vary with the intention to maintain his man away and to landed successfully on his personal. Finally, nonetheless, it was Stevenson’s jab that was telling the story of the match.

Valdez landed nicely within the ninth, however Stevenson landed higher. It was value questioning whether or not Valdez would have the ability to make it till the ultimate bell. Valdez saved trudging ahead within the tenth, however it was extra of the identical. Maybe extra head motion would have helped, however Stevenson was so domineering by that time that it was exhausting to think about Valdez discovering a option to beat him outdoors of a fortunate punch.

The eleventh spherical primarily showcased Valdez desperately eager to get the higher of his man, and Stevenson holding him off with jabs, footwork and clear punching. This a lot needs to be given to Valdez – he saved on coming, even in the course of the remaining spherical. Merely put, the person simply wasn’t ok to greatest Stevenson. That was one thing the judges had been nicely conscious of, as they rewarded Stevenson with a unanimous choice victory.

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