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Oscar Valdez Praises Shakur Stevenson For Aggressive Strategy In Current Win

Former Shakur Stevenson’s opponent, Oscar Valdez, praised his aggressive effort to go for a knockout of Artem Harutyunyan final Saturday evening on the Prudential Middle in Newark, New Jersey.

The previous two-division world champion Valdez says he thought  WBC light-weight champion Shakur (22-0, 10 KOs) would rating a stoppage of Harutyunyan (13-2, 7 KOs) within the sixth spherical when he was touchdown nicely, however he couldn’t do it.

Stevenson was strolling ahead, throwing arm punches, not bending his knees, and failing to generate vital energy. That made it simple for Harutyunyan to take the punches nicely and transfer out of vary.

When Shakur got here at him, Harutyunyan might battle him off with mixtures, which put the New Jersey native into the defensive mode. No matter momentum that Shakur had could be misplaced from the temporary salvos that Harutyunyan was throwing.

Stevenson’s nook argued with him in between rounds within the second half, wanting him to place extra stress on, however couldn’t or wouldn’t do it. They could as nicely have been asking a Tiger to vary its stripes.

Shakur’s fashion was too ingrained to relentlessly assault how he would have wanted to KO the 33-year-old Harutyunyan, who was tailored for him.

Valdez’s Respect for Shakur’s Knockout Try

“You bought to respect Shakur for attempting to get the knockout. Who would have thought that the man that was working was Harutyunyan? They thought Shakur was going to run,” stated Oscar Valdez to Combat Hub TV, giving assist to his former conquer Shakur Stevenson from his win final Saturday evening in opposition to Artem Harutyunyan.

Shakur tried, however the method that he used was by no means going to work in opposition to an skilled Olympian like Harutyunyan, who has confronted actual knockout punchers within the amateurs and handled them with out getting KO’d.

It was simple for Harutyunyan to deal with Shakur’s restricted offensive expertise. That’s not Shakur’s sturdy level in his sport. He’s strictly a defensive fighter who nonetheless makes use of the novice point-scoring fashion.

“I seen Shakur’s eyes the place there was a time the place he checked out Christina Poncher and myself and stated, ‘I’m going to knock him out’ within the sixth spherical. I truly thought he was going to get it, however there are specific fighters you’re not going obtained knock out,” stated Valdez.

When Shakur discovered some success in spherical six, Harutyunyan obtained on his bike and shortly neutralized his offense. It was too simple. Shakur’s potential to chop off the ring proved to be restricted, and that’s the bizarre half as a result of he’s such a great mover when attacked.

Sadly, his potential to go ahead to assault is at a rudimentary stage, and that’s one of many the explanation why he’ll by no means be a whole fighter.

“Harutyunyan is a tricky fighter. Don’t underestimate the man. Shakur may make him look simple, however he’s not a straightforward opponent,” stated Valdez. “Types make fights, and it simply wasn’t a great dancing associate for Shakur. However then once more, quite a lot of occasions, Shakur doesn’t get that good dancing associate. ”

Shakur didn’t make it look simple in opposition to Harutyunyan. That was a tricky battle the place Shakur appeared to lose 4 rounds. He didn’t dominate the way in which some fighters would have at light-weight.

That is the fourth or fifth fighter that Shakur has fought throughout his profession that wasn’t a “good dancing associate,” it looks like the one time somebody is an effective one is after they’re restricted guys with no energy, velocity, or boxing potential.

“Possibly I used to be a great dancing associate as a result of I attacked him the entire time, and he counter-punched me the entire evening and gained a transparent battle. That’s why it made it considerably entertaining,” stated Valdez.

Shakur had the dimensions benefit over Valdez, and he was preventing him after he’d already began exhibiting indicators of slippage. Valdez was coming off a controversial twelve-round unanimous determination win over Robson Conceicao in his earlier battle on September 10, 2021, and plenty of boxing followers felt that he misplaced that battle.

“That’s why you bought to present quite a lot of respect to Shakur; he tried his greatest to present the followers and his folks a knockout. He tried, however he didn’t get it. That’s boxing. He obtained the victory,” stated Valdez.

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John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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