OSCAR VALDEZ VS SHAKUR STEVENSON: TBE BOXING LIVE FIGHT REACTION!
Two of the very best junior lightweights in boxing will meet on Saturday to unify two world titles. Shakur Stevenson, the WBO champion, faces WBC titlist Oscar Valdez in the principle occasion of a Prime Rank card on the MGM Grand Backyard Area (10 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+, with prelims at 6:25 p.m. ET on ESPN+).
Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs), 24, of Newark, New Jersey, received the belt by dominating Jamel Herring in a Tenth-round TKO victory in October. Stevenson was coming off a choice victory over Jeremiah Nakathila by which he was content material with profitable rounds as an alternative of maintaining the strain on. Towards Herring, he was very aggressive from the beginning, profitable all of the rounds aside from one, in one of many three scorecards.
Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs), 31, of Sonora, Mexico, scored an upset victory over Miguel Berchelt in 2021 to win the WBC belt, however he examined optimistic for phentermine, a stimulant prohibited by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Affiliation, forward of his first title protection in opposition to Robson Conceicao. He was allowed to combat and struggled in a choice victory.
Can Stevenson hold Valdez at a distance and combat on his phrases? Or will Valdez discover a option to frustrate his opponent and land his highly effective left hook?
Two-division champion and present ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley Jr. breaks down the junior light-weight matchup and picks the winner.
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