Mexican WBC champion Oscar Valdez and U.S. WBO champion Shakur Stevenson, both in the super featherweight category, will face each other in a boxing match for the unification of their championships on April 30. The fight will be organized by Top Rank and it is known that it will take place in Las Vegas, USA.
ABOUT Oscar Valdez
Oscar Valdez is a Mexican boxer who is undefeated in 30 fights, winning 23 of them by knockout. Valdez also has more than 40 fights as an amateur, where he managed to participate in several editions of the Olympic Games. The Mexican is the current WBC super featherweight champion, taking the title from his countryman Miguel Angel Berchelt in a spectacular fight where he executed the best KO of the year 2021.
Oscar Valdez defends his title for the first time against Brazilian Robson Conceicao last September in a controversial fight that many considered the Mexican to be the loser, and now Shakur Stevenson is the Oscar Valdez next fight.
At 31 years of age, Valdez has also been world featherweight champion (126 lbs), winning the WBO championship in 2016 and making effective 6 defenses before moving up to 130 lbs.
ABOUT Shakur Stevenson
Shakur Stevenson is a young boxing promise, who at the age of 24 is already a world champion, represents the WBO at super featherweight and is undefeated in 17 fights, winning 9 of them by knockout.
Like Oscar Valdez, Shakur Stevenson was featherweight champion, getting it in 2019, then moved up to 130 lb, where he has won his last 4 fights, 2 of them by KO, the last one being the most important in a brilliant performance against Jamel Herring beating him by KO10. Now Oscar Valdez is Shakur Stevenson next fight.
Shakur Stevenson was also a great amateur boxer with more than 60 fights, where he won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Watch here the best moments of Oscar Valdez vs Berchelt, where we saw the best KO of 2021 (via Top Rank).
The announcement of this fight has come as a bit of a surprise to boxing fans, because as usual, the champions usually avoid fighting each other, and this fight has been speculated and requested for several years, even when both fought at 126 lbs, but nothing ever materialized.
However, beyond the surprise, this announcement awakens multiple emotions on the followers of the sport, because it is not only the confrontation of two champions, but they are two young boxers with excellent amateur careers and excellent careers as professionals, both come undefeated, both come from beating boxers of very good level, and both have a great working team.
OSCAR VALDEZ VS SHAKUR STEVENSON – What do you think of this fight? From a first glance, who do you see as the winner? With the technique and power of both boxers, it seems that the show is assured, so we will wait for more details of the fight. Let us know your comments here. Learn more about the super featherweight division here.