Faced with his most potent challenge this far, WBO Super Featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson not only passed the test, he vaulted over it with ease against the now former WBC Super Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez who in truth was out of answer to the questions that were being asked of him on the night.
In front of 10,102 spectators at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Stevenson outboxed, out landed and practically toyed with Valdez throughout the twelve round distance.
“I’m a superstar in this sport, I want to collect all the belts at 130 and become undisputed. I deserve to be a superstar, so that’s what I gotta do.”WBO/WBC Super Featherweight Champion Shakur Stevenson
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a knockdown in the sixth courtesy of a cuffing right hook that acted to stagger the now former champion before a second right hand dropped him to the canvas.
Stevenson looked for a fight ender thereafter but had to settle for the wide unanimous decision on the judges scorecards with the look of amazement from all of the one sided nature of the contest.
Valdez to his credit used every shot in his armoury to turn the tide but was frequently met with a counter of precision and speed from Stevenson.
“He was just the better fighter this night,” said Valdez, 31. “He did what he had to do to win the fight. He’s a great fighter. His speed is there, power is there.”
There is a hunger to unify the division from Stevenson whilst a glimpse at the stacked 135 pound division also a tasty proposition with the likes of George Kambosis Jr, Vasyl Lomachenko and of course Devin Haney.
“Devin is definitely a huge fight for me; Devin is a helluva fighter. We can line it up in the future, “You line ’em up, name ’em, I’m ready for whoever.”Stevenson on future fights