Via Chris Williams: Canelo Alvarez is picking Oscar Valdez to win his 130 lb unification fight late last month against Shakur Stevenson on April 30.
Canelo says Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) will beat WBO ultralightweight champion Stevenson (17-0.9 KOs) with the “experience” he gained in their bout on ESPN at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Valdez, 31, has played pro for a decade since 2012 compared to 24-year-old Shakur, who turned pro in 2017.
The experience advantage over Oscar would have made sense had Stevenson not been such a stellar athlete, and if the Mexican boxer hadn’t secured a controversial 12th round win over Robson Conceicao in September of this year. last.
In this case, Valdez’s experience may not have been enough for him to beat Stevenson because of his final performance coupled with the fact that he was up against a defensive performer in his prime. me.
Canelo says Valdez will beat Stevenson
“It will be a complicated fight, but I believe Oscar Valdez will come out with a win because he has more experience,” Canelo Alvarez told AKH when TV predict victory for Oscar Valdez over Shakur Stevenson on April 30.
Valdez is an excellent boxer, but he looks unbeatable in fights with Conceicao, Adam Lopez, Scott Quigg, Genesis Servania, and Miguel Marriaga.
Valdez was eliminated in some of those fights and was mortally wounded by Marriaga and Quigg. Who could forget the broken jaw that Valdez fought in a battle with Quigg in 2018, a contest that was supposed to be halted by the referee due to blood pouring from Oscar’s mouth.
He literally couldn’t keep his mouth shut after the injury hit early in the competition.
“The camp is great, the camp is always great. I put the job and I perform at a high level, and I will do the same on April 30th,” Shakur Stevenson told. Against TV Hub about his unification fight against Oscar Valdez.
“You want to elevate it, but you have to stick with what has worked your whole career. I feel like I’m doing what I’m doing working. I’m undefeated and I’ve had great performances in combat.
“I’m going to do the same thing as I usually do and a little more advanced. I feel like every boxer lifts me up. Anytime you fight and you have to put your life on the line.
“I went in there with the same mindset, you take people very seriously. You can’t sleep with anyone, This is just another fight for me. It was a big fight, but I look at it like all my other battles.
“I have to go there and perform. I don’t look at the crowd. I just think of it as sparring. I’m doing gym and boxing. I am concentrating and participating in the fight.
Shakur can wink at Canelo
“I can, we’ll see,” Stevenson said when asked if he would wink at Canelo. “I laughed with Bud in my last match because I knew what was going to happen and I told him what was going to happen, so I wanted to let him know in the ring.
“I wouldn’t make the mistake of paying attention to anything other than Oscar Valdez. I haven’t really talked to him too much about this fight,” Stevenson said when asked what he had told Terence Crawford about the battle with Valdez.
“I told him what I was going to do against Valdez, and everyone will see what I do on April 30. You all have to pay attention and watch,” Shakur said when asked about the plans to do. what with Valdez.
Stevenson said of Oscar Valdez: “I think the most challenging thing is that he doesn’t accept the answer is no. “He didn’t give up. He’s going to keep trying all night long, and I think that’s the biggest test of the fight.
“In terms of skill, I feel I am better than him, sharper than him, bigger than him and I am probably stronger than him. People don’t realize it but they’ll see April 30 coming,” Stevenson said.
Shakur does not sell the power of Valdez
“He looks like a big boxer, but you don’t know until you get in the ring and face them,” Stevenson said. There have been some guys that I’ve been in the ring that I thought were big boxers, but then you realize they’re not as strong as you think they are. He might be a big boxer, but we’ll see April 30 next.
Valdez punches with great power, but Stevenson engaged a bigger puncher than he was before in Jeremiah Nakathila and he did well, nullifying his offense to win the game. Round 12 decisive defeat.
“I just feel like I’m bigger, I’m stronger, I’m faster, I’m better and on April 30, people will come see,” Shakur said of his belief that he is better than Valdez on many levels.
“I am ready to fight anyone. I don’t dodge or dodge anyone, I’m ready to fight anyone,” Shakur said when asked if he would like to fight Devin Haney if he beat George Kambosos to become the undisputed champion whether it’s lightweight or not.
“I think he’ll go up to 140 after that, and then I’ll go to 135, so we’ll see what happens in the future. But if it happens, I’m definitely down.
“It seems that Lomachenko and I have to improve sooner or later. We both signed up with Top Rank, and it was a big fight.
“We are close by weight. We have to meet down the line, so it’s bound to happen. You have to respect that,” Shakur said when asked about his thoughts on Lomachenko staying in Ukraine to fight against the Russian invasion.
“Lomachenko is a great person outside of boxing. What he’s doing is definitely amazing, and I respect that.
“Look forward to April 30, a superstar will be born. I’m definitely going to have a great performance and I’m feeling great,” Stevenson said of the fight against Valdez.
Beating Valdez would be the first step to Shakur becoming a superstar. He won’t start reaching higher star levels until he moves out of the empty 130 lb class, barren of popular boxers, and moves up to the 135 lb weight class.
Once Shakur is light, he can take on fighters like Vasyl Lomachenko, Devin Haney, George Kambosos Jr, Ryan Garcia and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis. That’s when Stevenson will become a real star in this sports village.