Shakur Stevenson Belongs in Boxing's Pound-For-Pound Rankings

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Shakur Stevenson Belongs in Boxing's Pound-For-Pound Rankings

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Shakur Stevenson Belongs in Boxing's Pound-For-Pound Rankings

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WBO and WBC super featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson will be in the pound-for-pound rankings following his unanimous decision win over former WBC super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez on Saturday.

Stevenson (18-0, 9 KOs) became the unified super featherweight world champion at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Stevenson was in enemy territory as Valdez had a strong contingent of fans rooting for him and against Stevenson.

Speed played a role in Stevenson’s win since he was able to get to spots faster than Valdez, and he was able to avoid big punches from Valdez. Stevenson dropped Valdez in the sixth round and that changed the direction of the fight in Stevenson’s favor. Valdez showed his durability as a champion, but Stevenson was able to neutralize Valdez’s power for the most part.

It was a sensational performance for Stevenson and he outboxed Valdez for the entire fight. He showed Valdez that there was another level to climb in the 130-pound division and Valdez was unable to elevate to Stevenson’s level. Between the counter punches and the aggression, Stevenson was in control of the fight for the entire night.

After his last two wins over Valdez and Jamel Herring, Stevenson proved that he was the best super featherweight in the world. Stevenson was able to pick apart both former champions and he put on boxing master classes in both wins. Before his last two wins, critics marked Stevenson’s willingness to keep his opponents around against him.

He showed that he was able to use his power when he felt the need to. If he wanted to put his boxing skills to the test, he was able to do that, and if he wanted to blitz his opponent, he could do that as well.

With every win, Stevenson’s stock is on the rise and he is a complete world champion. His defensive qualities make him a contender to be the next massive star in boxing. At 24 years old, Stevenson is on a ride to the top of the sport. He cemented himself as a member of boxing’s pound-for-pound list as the unified super featherweight world champion.

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