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Oscar Valdez vs Shakur Stevenson

The Duck Season Is Over

For some reason, Valdez finally agreed to take the fight with Shakur for April 30th, and people want to know whether Top Rank boss Bob Arum had to hold Oscar’s feet to the fire to get him to agree to the fight.

Arum says that Valdez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso is in favor of letting Oscar take the fight with Shakur, 24, but that seems out of character for the careful coach, who also manages/trains Canelo Alvarez.

Reynoso normally doesn’t give the green light to letting his fighters face opposition unless he’s absolutely certain they can win, the question is, what does Reynoso know that the fans don’t about Shakur Stevenson being suitable prey for Oscar Valdez?

“Shakur Stevenson. He’s going to pick him apart, man,” said trainer Derek Bozy Ennis to YSM Sports Media when asked who wins the Stevenson vs. Oscar Valdez fight on April 30th.

“I know fights when I see fights. Shakur is going to pick him apart. He can box, he’s got good eyesight, he knows how to move, and he got good technique,” said Bozy when asked what makes him pick Stevenson to beat Valdez.

Hopefully, we don’t see a cancellation of the Valdez vs. Stevenson fight due to any funny stuff going on. Boxing fans want to fight this because the winner will be viewed as the #1 guy at 130.

As far as Shakur goes, he needs to move up to 135 if he successfully defeats Valdez on April 30th because the super featherweight division is a dead-end for him.

The big money fights for Shakur are at lightweight, not super featherweight, and he can’t afford to sit around for years facing lesser opposition like he’s been doing.


By Jim Calfa

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