LAS VEGAS – Shakur Stevenson isn’t practically as sure after defeating Oscar Valdez who he desires subsequent as he was within the rapid aftermath of every of his two earlier victories.
Now that Stevenson has overwhelmed Jamel Herring and Valdez in back-to-back 130-pound title bouts, his inclination is to change into his division’s first totally unified champion of boxing’s four-belt period. Combating WBA world champ Roger Gutierrez (26-3-1, 20 KOs) or IBF champ Kenichi Ogawa (26-1-1, 18 KOs, 1 NC) might want to make monetary sense for Stevenson’s promoter, Bob Arum, for both of these fights to occur, although.
“I’ll probably get the other two belts, but I gotta go sit back and talk to my team and see what they think,” Stevenson mentioned throughout a post-fight press convention late Saturday night time at MGM Grand. “And then we’ll come up with a decision.”
Stevenson is intrigued by the potential of becoming a member of middleweights Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor, junior welterweights Terence Crawford and Josh Taylor, cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk and tremendous middleweight Canelo Alvarez as a completely unified champion.
The unbeaten southpaw from Newark, New Jersey, didn’t low cost the potential of transferring as much as the 135-pound division, both. There are extra intriguing light-weight fights that Arum may make for Stevenson both late this yr or early in 2023 – most notably with the winner of the George Kambosos Jr.-Devin Haney title unification battle June 5 in Melbourne, Australia or towards Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Going through Lomachneko may happen solely as soon as the three-division champion’s involvement in his native Ukraine’s struggle with Russia concludes. Along with Stevenson, Arum’s firm promotes Haney and Lomachenko.
“I mean, like I said, I gotta sit back and talk to my team and see what my team decide and what I decide,” Stevenson mentioned. “And then I could tell you what I’m gonna do. But I was looking forward to being undisputed champion, so that’s probably first. But it’s depending on what my team think.”
Whichever division Stevenson chooses, he has indisputably established himself as a pound-for-pound performer primarily based on his dominant victories over former champions in Valdez (30-1, 23 KOs) and Herring (23-3, 11 KOs). The 24-year-old Stevenson dropped Valdez through the sixth spherical and comfortably beat him on the scorecards of judges Tim Cheatham (117-110), Dave Moretti (118-109) and David Sutherland (118-109).
Mexico’s Valdez didn’t make many changes throughout a 12-round battle wherein Stevenson’s superior velocity and ability enabled him to select Valdez aside at occasions.
“I ain’t give him too many options,” Stevenson mentioned. “I came in there, I took control, I let him know I was here to win. And from there on, he couldn’t do nothing.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.