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Stevenson defeats Valdez in WBC featherweight bout

By Oviri Kelvin

Shakur Stevenson dominated and defeated Oscar Valdez in a unanimous decision to win the unified WBC super-featherweight title.

Both fighters fought to the final 12th round which resulted in a decider that saw Valdez win through the judges’ scores 118- 109, 117-110, and 118-109 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

American Stevenson’s win over Valdez extends the boxer’s unbeaten run to 18 while Mexican Valdez records his first defeat in 31 bouts.

After conceding a defeat, Valdez expressed that the WBC featherweight champion proved very good in the bout, adding that he is a true champion. Valdez said, “He has a very great boxing quality and today he was the best in the ring. “He moves very well, he’s a champion.

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He has speed, he’s a great boxer,” he added. However, this is the first fight Stevenson has fought since testing positive for a drug test last year. Despite failing the drug test, the champion was left to defend his WBO title against Robson Conceicao last year after he won fellow compatriot Jamel Herring in the 10th round.

“I wanted to show everything tonight,” Stevenson said last year after the fight. “I wanted a fun fight: show my skills, my boxing, my power. “I want to be a superstar in the sport; I’m here to last,” he added.

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