Shakur Stevenson: “Oscar Valdez Can’t Keep Ducking. We Need To Unify”

Shakur Stevenson calls out Oscar Valdez for unification bout!

WBO junior lightweight champion Shakur Stevenson talks to the press, WBC champion Oscar Valdez with his belt
Shakur Stevenson (left), Oscar Valdez

Shakur Stevenson calls out Oscar Valdez for unification bout!

Moments after a brilliant performance in his one-sided beat down of Jamel Herring to win the WBO junior lightweight title, Shakur Stevenson (17-0, 9KOs) turned his attention to WBC champion Oscar Valdez. Stevenson snatched away Herring’s strap via a tenth round TKO. The win made ‘Fearless’ a two-division champion.


Not satisfied with just having the WBO title in his possession, the unbeaten champion wants more! Now that his bout with Herring is behind him, greener pastures await him. One of those opportunities include a likely unification showdown with WBC champion Oscar Valdez (30-0, 23KOs). Stevenson has long called for a fight with the Mexican champion, who’s also a two-division champion.

The two were thought to be on a collision course back in 2019 when Stevenson was the WBO mandatory for the featherweight title that Valdez held at the time. However, Valdez would elect to vacate the title and move up in weight to junior lightweight. That decision paved the way for Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez to fight for the vacant title, which saw the Newark, New Jersey native easily win.


Everything now seemingly lines up for a unification showdown between two unbeaten champions. Stevenson said the following about his Top Rank stablemate:

“Oscar Valdez can’t keep ducking. It’s the biggest fight in the division. We need to unify.”

The jury is out on the first part of Stevenson’s assertion that Valdez is ducking. However, the latter part of his statement is one hundred percent true. A Stevenson-Valdez fight is the biggest fight in the division. They also need to unify to determine who the number one guy in the division truly is.

It’s clear after this performance by Stevenson that he’s arrived and is ready for prime time. As for Valdez, he’s coming off a very horrid performance that many people felt he lost against Robson Conceicao back in September.

Let’s hope these two meet in the first half of 2022.

By: Jerrell Fletcher

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