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Shakur Stevenson outpoints Oscar Valdez in dominating win, takes WBC belt

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WBO champion Shakur Stevenson handed Oscar Valdez the primary lack of his profession Saturday evening in a junior light-weight championship bout.

What some thought could possibly be a battle of the 12 months candidate became a one-sided boxing clinic.

Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) received by unanimous determination and took Valdez’s WBC belt with the victory.

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Stevenson displayed quicker palms, beautiful footwork, and total higher boxing expertise than Valdez. Stevenson outpunched his opponent 189-110 and landed 53% of his energy punches.

Decide Tim Cheatham had the battle scored 117-110, whereas Dave Moretti and David Sutherland had it 118-109.

“This victory means the whole lot,” stated Stevenson, who’s seeking to win each belt at 130 kilos and unify the division. “I instructed ya’ll what I used to be going to do. I stated I’m gonna beat Valdez, Canelo (Alvarez), and Eddy Reynoso, in order that was my sport plan. Beat the entire staff and I be ok with it. A lot respect to them, however that was my sport plan.

“I should be a famous person, in order that’s what I gotta do.”

Stevenson regarded each bit a famous person when he took benefit of Valdez’s large gamble within the sixth spherical. Valdez misfired an overhand left that left him in a weak place. Stevenson countered shortly by dropping Valdez with a fast left shot to the temple and seized management of the bout.

“He has nice boxing expertise, he was simply the higher fighter this evening,” Valdez stated. “He did what he needed to do to win the battle. He’s a terrific fighter. His pace is there. Energy is there. He was simply the higher fighter tonight. Total, a terrific fighter.”

When ringside reporter Bernardo Osuna requested Stevenson what was subsequent on his plate, he dropped to at least one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, rapper Younger Lyric. She stated sure.

On the primary undercard, Nico Ali Walsh (5-0, 4 KOs), the grandson of Muhammad Ali, wanted solely 2 minutes, 50 seconds to knock out Alejandro Ibarra (7-2) in what was purported to be a four-round middleweight particular attraction. After standing toe-to-toe for a lot of the spherical, and frequently touchdown his proper hook to Ibarra’s head, Ali Walsh arrange his outmatched opponent. After feinting together with his proper hand to open issues up, Ali Walsh landed a fast left and a devastating proper flush on Ibarra’s face for his fourth profession knockout.

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“That is only a testomony to all of the work I put in,” Ali Walsh stated. “That is larger than boxing. That is for my household. I’m bringing my grandpa again to life, and that’s why mother will get so emotional as a result of she’s seeing her dad once more and listening to her dad’s title to me.”

U.S. Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis (5-0, 4 KOs) dictated the tempo in what went from an eight-round light-weight bout in opposition to Esteban Sanchez (18-2), to a one-sided boxing clinic. After a comparatively rudimentary three rounds, throughout which Sanchez landed his solely vital punch of the battle, Davis started a dominating assault within the fourth spherical.

After having fun with his most dominating spherical within the fifth, pummeling Sanchez into the ropes early within the spherical, and touchdown a number of crushing blows to finish it, Davis, who landed 57% of his energy punches, completed issues within the sixth spherical when the bout was stopped on the 2:44 mark.

In different motion, Raymond Muratalla (14-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Jeremy Hill on the 2:27 mark of the third spherical of their light-weight bout.

Eighteen-year-old phenom Abdullah Mason improved to 2-0 (2 KOs) with a first-round TKO of Luciano Ramon (1-3) 2:32 into the battle.

Junior light-weight contender Andres Cortes saved his mark unblemished, bettering to 17-0 (10 KOs) with a sixth-round TKO of Alexis del Bosque (18-6-1).

And, U.S. Olympian Troy Isley (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Anthony Hannah (3-3) on the 2:32 mark of the second spherical with a TKO.

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