Shakur Stevenson unified a pair of 130 lb titles tonight, handily defeating Oscar Valdez by unanimous decision in their ESPN main event from Las Vegas.
Stevenson (18-0, 9 KO) won on scores of 117-110, 118-109, and 118-109. Bad Left Hook had the fight 118-109 on two separate unofficial scorecards, as well.
With the win, Stevenson takes the WBC belt from Valdez and retains the WBO belt he brought to the ring. He was mostly able to just pick Valdez (30-1, 23 KO) apart from the opening bell until the one to close the 12th and final round, and did score a knockdown in round six, though it wasn’t a crazy heavy one or anything.
The victory was, basically, as most expected. There was a reason Stevenson’s odds were around -750 by fight day, having been around -600 most of the week prior. He was seen as too skilled for Valdez, who is a very good fighter, and that’s how the fight played out, with Valdez looking frustrated and even lost for much of the bout.
We’ll have much more on Valdez vs Stevenson coming shortly. For now, some highlights.
Valdez vs Stevenson highlights
For his country.— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 1, 2022
For his legacy.
Here comes @OscarValdez56 pic.twitter.com/Vy7GRNjXIr
Enemy territory?— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 1, 2022
Time to let the world know.@ShakurStevenson has entered the ring. pic.twitter.com/eX1IohKQUC
Take a breather. We're through one #ValdezStevenson | LIVE on ESPN pic.twitter.com/tFi4jhCQBz— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 1, 2022
.@OscarValdez56 is finding his range #ValdezStevenson | LIVE on ESPN pic.twitter.com/HX03UkEMOl— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 1, 2022
THE FIRST KNOCKDOWN BELONGS TO SHAKUR. pic.twitter.com/EubZKL12Ro— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 1, 2022
WHAT A NIGHT. #ValdezStevenson pic.twitter.com/3yr8C2Ahcy— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 1, 2022