Via Allan Fox: Shakur Stevenson Believes Oscar Valdez Tried “secrets, tricks, tips” him all week by saying he would make it a “Technical War” on Saturday night instead of a fight when they met in a featherweight super unification at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
130-lb WBO champion Stevenson (17-0.9 KOs) says he’s NOT listening to anything Valdez has to say, and is instead focusing on his game plan, which He will not disclose to the media.
The 24-year-old Shakur barely needs to let anyone know what his game plan will look like on Saturday night, as he lacks strength and dislikes give & take in relation to going to war with opponents. mine.
We could see from Stevenson on Saturday night that he hit and then backed away immediately to get outside to avoid a return fire from Valdez’s bigger punch.
Stevenson is a man of Mayweather’s own style. 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur is a slower, less aggressive version of Mayweather as he nears the end of his career. It might be boring for fans, but it’s an effective style.
The younger version of Mayweather is much more aggressive than Stevenson has shown and more entertaining.
“I won’t tell you my game plan; he is have to wait and see. I don’t want him watching the interview with you and trying to absorb what I’m saying,” Shakur Stevenson told Fighthype when asked what he plans to do before Oscar Valdez on Saturday night.
“I had my own game plan in mind. We’ll see how the fight goes when I get in there. No, he’s trying to trick me. All week, he’s been saying, ‘Oh, that’s going to be a technical fight. I can beat him in a boxing match. ‘
“I felt like he was trying to trick me. I wouldn’t have a crush on him,” Shakur continued. “But if he does, it’s a bad idea,” Shakur said of his concern about Valdez’s tricks.
Stevenson is worried about Valdez, which is odd since he’s been telling the media for weeks that this is a surefire win for him.
“Terence [Crawford] Stevenson said.
“That’s my big brother, and I have nothing but love for my big brother. He’s trying to push me.
“Canelo was right there, telling him [Valdez] Stevenson talks about Canelo Alvarez giving Valdez advice on how to beat Shakur.
“I am the better fighter. I feel like skills will separate the two fighters. I feel I’m smarter than him, and I will choose him separatelyand that’s what I’m going to do,” Shakur said of Valdez.