Belts on The Line
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Who won Valdez vs Stevenson?
Shakur Stevenson beat Oscar Valdez by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 30th April 2022 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 110-117, 109-118, 109-118 in favor of winner Shakur Stevenson.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 130 pounds (9.3 stone or 59 KG).
This contest was for the unified super featherweight championship of the world, with the WBC, WBO & The Ring belts on the line.
Valdez vs Stevenson stats
Oscar Valdez stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 30 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 23 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Shakur Stevenson made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 17 wins and 0 draws, with 9 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Valdez had a large advantage in power over Stevenson, boosting at 77% knock out percentage over Stevenson's 53%.
Oscar Valdez was the older man by 6 years, at 31 years old.
Stevenson had a height advantage of 2 inches over Valdez. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Oscar Valdez & Shakur Stevenson fought out of an orthodox stance.
Valdez was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 13 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 years and 5 months earlier than Stevenson, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 65 more professional rounds, 192 to Stevenson's 127.
Valdez vs Stevenson form
Valdez had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Robson Conceicao on 10th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Featherweight championship fight at Casino Del Sol, Arizona, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Miguel Berchelt on 20th February 2021 by knockout in the 10th round in their WBC World Super Featherweight championship fight at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada.
Going into that contest, he had beat Jayson Velez on 21st July 2020 by technical knockout in the 10th round at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada.
Before that, he had won against Adam Lopez on 30th November 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.
He had beat Jason Sanchez on 8th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Nevada.
Stevenson remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Jamel Herring on 23rd October 2021 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their WBO World Junior Lightweight championship fight at State Farm Arena, Georgia, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Jeremia Nakathila on 12th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBO Interim World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Toka Kahn Clary on 12th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada.
Before that, he had defeated Felix Caraballo on 9th June 2020 by knockout in the 6th round at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada.
He had beat Joet Gonzalez on 26th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Nevada.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Shakur Stevenson had been fighting more than Oscar Valdez.
Going to this contest, Oscar Valdez had last fought 1 year, 2 months and 26 days ago, while Shakur Stevenson's last outing had been 1 year, 1 month and 13 days ago.
Valdez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Stevenson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 50 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10 rounds on average.
What time did Valdez vs Stevenson start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Valdez vs Stevenson?
Oscar Valdez was a 5/1 (+500) underdog going into the contest, while Shakur Stevenson made his way into the ring at 7/50 (-710) with oddsmakers.