Undefeated tremendous featherweight champions Oscar Valdez of Mexico and Shakur Stevenson of the USA will battle Saturday in a boxing unification showdown at Las Vegas.
The winner between World Boxing Council title-holder Valdez, 30-0 with 23 knockouts, and World Boxing Group champion Stevenson, 17-0 with 9 knockouts, will emerge because the unbeaten ring king within the 130-pound division.
Stevenson, 24, was an 2016 Rio Olympic bantamweight silver medalist who took his WBO title by stopping fellow US southpaw Jamel Herring within the tenth spherical final October.
“I’m one of the best younger fighter on the planet and I’ll change into the unified champion,” stated Stevenson. “I can’t wait to get in there.”
Two-time Mexican Olympian Valdez, 31, knocked out Mexico’s Miguel Berchelt 14 months in the past to say the WBC title, making him the longest-tenured champion within the division.
“I wish to make it clear I’m one of the best 130-pound fighter on the planet,” Valdez stated.
He defended the crown final September with a 12-round resolution over 2016 Olympic light-weight champion Robson Conceicao of Brazil.
Valdez examined optimistic for the banned performance-enhancing stimulant phentermine simply eight days earlier than defending his title. He was allowed to battle as a result of, below the World Anti-Doping Company tips utilized by the Native American tribal fee overseeing the battle, stimulants had been banned solely throughout competitors.
Each Valdez and Stevenson are former WBO featherweight champions.