Take two boxers in their prime, both being title holders, Stevenson being the WBO lightweight champion of the world and Valdez being the WBC lightweight champion of the world. Now, pit them against each other in a fight to unify both world titles and crown the undisputed lightweight boxing champion of the world. Do you know what you end up with? One of the best boxing matches of the year, and in recent years.
Shakur Stevenson is ready for the spotlight. He wants all the noise and commotion around him and he understands the importance of putting on a great bout against Oscar Valdez. If you’re a boxing fan, get ready because this fight has all the fixings of an instant classic.
Stevenson is Ready For the Smoke and the Spotlight
Ask any true boxing fan around the world who the best fighter is right now, without regards to weight class and the vast majority will tell you it’s WBO lightweight champion, Shakur Stevenson. Stevenson showed on October 23rd, 2021 against former champion Jamel Herring what he could do in what could be considered a one-sided boxing masterclass. His speed, the power behind his punches, and the all-around swag and bravado that he carries will make up all of the perfect components for a fighter that is ready to claim his throne as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Stevenson has a plethora of weapons for this fight, but something that he will need to keep track of is finding a way to control his hype and emotions. He must bring Valdez into his fight instead of allowing the WBC champion to take him for a ride. With fast jabs, assertive punches, and above all, speed, Stevenson could be looking at the most important win of his career.
Valdez Doesn’t Need the Hype to Dominate
Unlike Shakur Stevenson, Oscar Valdez is a fighter that is all about laying low and letting his actions in the ring do all the talking. It should come as no surprise to see that Valdez is considered the underdog in this upcoming fight, and with a 30-0 record, including 23 knock outs, it would be a bad move to not pay the man the respect he has earned.
For Valdez to fight well, he needs to rely on fighting the smartest fight he can. which means, picking his spots and moving forward when the time is right. If he falls into any of the tricks that Stevenson might have to make the fight his, then Valdez will struggle, however, if he is smart and manages to give Stevenson a masterclass in how to properly maintain order and structure in a fight – all while bringing the heat with his punches, Valdez could easily end up dampening Stevenson’s hype train.