Oscar Valdez vs Miguel Marriaga also featuring professional debut of amateur standout and potential superstar Shakur Stevenson vs Edgar Brito official merchandise tee shirt, 22nd April 2017, StubHub Center, Carson, CA.
Valdez W unanimous decision
Stevenson W technical decision
U.S. Olympic silver medallist Shakur Stevenson won his professional debut, beating Edgar Brito by technical unanimous decision in the sixth round at the StubHub Center.
Stevenson largely controlled his debut bout, and the fight was stopped moments after the sixth round began when the ringside doctor ruled Brito was cut too badly to continue after an earlier clash of heads.
Brito was docked a point for head-butting Stevenson in the third round, but the challenger otherwise did little to dampen the debut of the touted featherweight from Newark, New Jersey.
Stevenson won every full round on every judge's scorecard, peppering Brito with the quick hands and agility that have made him one of the most hyped prospects in recent U.S. boxing history.
"Before the fight, they told me not to go for the knockout," Stevenson said. "Getting rounds in was more important. I give myself an A."
Eight months ago in Rio de Janeiro, Stevenson became the first American man to win anything bigger than a bronze medal in the past three Olympics. Stevenson reached the bantamweight final before losing a close decision to Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez, a two-time Olympic champion.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. travelled to Brazil to watch, and he predicted Stevenson would become the next big name to challenge his legacy. Stevenson considered signing with Mayweather's promotional company before choosing Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum.
"It was great work," Arum said after Stevenson's debut. "He worked hard. He came through. He got the win. He will only get better."
Stevenson was accompanied to the ring in Carson by Olympic gold medal winning Americans Andre Ward and Claressa Shields, and his ring-walk song was "Hail Mary," by Tupac Shakur. Stevenson's mother named him after the rapper, who died nine months before her son was born.
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Óscar Rafael Valdez Fierro (born December 22, 1990 in Nogales, Sonora) is a Mexican who qualified for the 2008 Olympics at the age of 17 and became the first Mexican Youth World Champion. Four years later he qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Valdez came out of nowhere to upset 2007 PanAm champion Carlos Cuadras at the semifinal of the 2007 National Championships and winning the bantamweight championship in his next bout.
At the Olympic qualifier he edged out Brazilian James Pereira in the all-important semifinal and got one of two berths even though he dropped the final to Yankiel León, getting a silver medal and a pass to the Beijing Olympics with only 3 international bouts on his record. In Beijing however he ran right into eventual winner Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan and lost his first bout 4-15.
Later, 2008 he went up to featherweight and won the first 2008 Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships. The tournament was held Guadalajara in his home country, and he showed up the experience he've gained beating his opponents from Barbados, Uzbekistan, Kazahkztan, Ukraine and Russia. In the semi-finals he knocked out the Ukraine opponent in the first round. In the finals he was clearly dominating the opposition among other Russian Maxim Dadashev whom he beat 12-0 in the final.
In Milan, at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships (seniors), he won the bronze medal and became the first Mexican to achieve a medal at a World Championships in the history of the sport in Mexico.
After Featherweight was abolished he went down to bantam again. He won his Olympic qualifier. Valdez won his first fight in the 2012 Olympic Games, defeating India's Shiva Thapa by a margin of 14-9. In his second fight of the games he saw off Tajikistan's Anvar Yunusov by a margin of 13-7 then lost 13:19 to Ireland's John Joe Nevin.
He is 1.65 meters and fights from an orthodox stance.
Represented Mexico at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, boxing as a Bantamweight (54 kg).
*Round 1/16 - Lost to Enkhbat Badar-Uugan (Mongolia) 4-15
Represented Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Great Britain, boxing as a Bantamweight (56 kg).
*Round 1/16 - Defeated Shiva Thapa (India) 14-9
*Round 1/8 - Defeated Anvar Yunusov (Tajikistan) 13-7
*Quarterfinal - Lost to John Joe Nevin (Ireland) 13-19
Other Amateur Achievements
2008 Silver Medalist at the 1st America´s Olympic Qualifier in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, boxing as a bantamweight (54 kg).
*Defeated John Wampash (Ecuador) 16-13
*Defeated James Dean Pereira (Brazil) 14-12
*Lost to Yankiel Leon (Cuba) 5-14
2008 Gold Medalist at the AIBA World Youth Championships (17-18 year olds), in Guadalajara, Mexico, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg):
*Round 1/16 - Defeated Cobia Breedy (Barbados) RSC 2
*Round 1/8 - Defeated Berik Koitayev (Kazakstan) 19-4
*Quarterfinal - Defeated Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) 13-1
*Semifinal - Defeated Oleg Scheffer (Ukraine) RSCH 1
*Final - Defeated Maxim Dadashev (Russia) 12-0
2009 Silver Medalist at the Pan American Boxing Championships in Mexico City, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Cesar Villarraga (Colombia) 6-4
*Defeated Jorge Maysonet Jr. (Puerto Rico) 8-3
*Lost to Robson Conceicao (Brazil) 5-6
2009 Bronze Medalist at the AIBA World Championships, in Milan, Italy, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg):
*Round 1/32 - Defeated Clive Atwell (Guyana) 14-3
*Round 1/16 - Defeated David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) 16-11
*Round 1/8 - Defeated Ju Min Jae (South Korea) 9-6
*Quarterfinal - Defeated Azat Hovhannesyan (Armenia) 14-9
*Semifinal - Lost to Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) 1-12
2009 Gold Medalist at the AIBA President´s Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Jean John Colin (Mauritius) KO 1
*Defeated Elshan Ismailov (Azerbaijan) 6-2
*Defeated Dmitriy Polyansky (Russia) 7-2
2010 Silver Medalist at the Pan American Boxing Championships in Quito, Ecuador, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Juan Reyes (Guatemala) 14-4
*Defeated Braulio Santos (Puerto Rico) 10-0
*Lost to Roberto Navarro (Dominican Republic) 8-9
2010 Gold Medalist at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Angel Rodriguez (Venezuela) 6-2
*Defeated Roberto Navarro (Dominican Republic) 4-3
*Defeated Juan Reyes (Guatemala) 15-4
2011 Participated at the AIBA World Championships, in Baku, Azerbaijan, boxing as a bantamweight (56 kg):
*Round 1/16 - Defeated Dmitriy Zhukov (Belarus) RSC 3
*Round 1/8 - Lost to Joseph Diaz (United States) 21-22
2011 Silver Medalist at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, boxing as a bantamweight (56 kg).
*Quarterfinal - Defeated Luis Porozo (Ecuador) 22-8
*Semifinal - Defeated Robenilson de Jesus Vieira (Brazil) 23-10
*Final - Lost to Lazaro Alvarez (Cuba) 15-19
2012 Gold Medalist at the America´s Olympic Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, boxing as a bantamweight (56 kg).
*Defeated Jose Diaz (Venezuela) 18-8
*Defeated Oscar Negrete (Colombia) 15-9
*Defeated Julio Cortez (Ecuador) 23-9
*Defeated Robenilson de Jesus Vieira (Brazil) 9-8
*Defeated Alberto Melian (Argentina) 29-11
World Series Of Boxing Highlights
2010-2011 Season boxing for the Mexico City Guerreros
*Defeated Leonid Malkov (Ukraine) of Miami Gallos by points, lightweights
At the age of 24, Oscar is a four-year pro. A sensational prospect at 126 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout, considered one of the best amateurs in the history of Mexican boxing. He had a fight in the World Series of Boxing in December, 2010, but it did not affect his amateur status and he continued to fight as an amateur for two more years after that. Oscar is the first Mexican boxer to compete in two Olympic Games – he competed in Beijing when he was 17 years old in 2008, and competed again in London in 2012. He is also the first Mexican to win a medal at the World Championships – he won bronze in 2009. He was the flag bearer for Mexico at the Central American Games in 2010, where he won a gold medal, and had a win in the semifinals of the 2007 Mexican Nationals against Carlos Cuadras, who is currently the WBC super flyweight World champion. He has an aggressive style and always makes exciting fights.
Professional Boxing Career
Valdez made his professional debut at the age of 21 on November 3, 2012. He defeated Angel Prado via 2nd round stoppage in a scheduled six round fight. The fight took place at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. In December, Valdez knocked out Corben Page in round 2 at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both fights took place at featherweight.
In 2013, Valdez fought a total of six times at super featherweight, winning all the bouts inside the distance. By the end of the year, he racked up a record of 8 wins, all by stoppage and no defeats.
On March 1, 2014 Valdez fought Samuel Sanchez on the undercard of Lomachenko vs Salido at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was halted in round 3, as Valdez won via technical knockout. Valdez next fought in April on the Pacquiao vs Bradley II undercard. He fought Adrian Perez (10–4–1, 1 KO) for the vacant NABF Junior super featherweight title in his first 8-round bout. The fight ended in round 4 when Valdez landed with a left hand to the liver, followed by a right hand, which sent Perez down to all fours. Perez made no attempt to get to his feet as the referee waved an end the bout. The three judges had Valdez ahead (30–27) at the time of stoppage. Valdez successfully defended the title in May at the Forum in Inglewood, California retiring Noel Echevarria (11–2, 6 KOs) after round 6.
Valdez returned to featherweight for the first time in nine fights on July 26 and went on to claim the vacant NABF Junior featherweight title in an 8-round unanimous decision victory against experienced journeyman Juan Ruiz (23–14, 7 KOs) at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. All three judges equally scored the fight 80–71 in Valdez's favour. Ruiz was deducted 1 point for excessive holding during the fight. The fight significantly ended the successive knockout streak dating back to Valdez's fight in November 2012.
Valdez made a defence of the NABF Junior super featherweight title in the Alamadome in November against Mexican boxer Alberto Garza 26–8–1, 21 KOs). Valdez retained the title via a technical knockout in round 7. Valdez fought a further five times towards the end of 2014 through to December 2015. Notable boxers he defeated included former super bantamweight title challenger Chris Avalos, Jose Ramirez and former interim World featherweight title challenger Ruben Tamayo.
Valdez vs Gradovich
It was announced that Valdez would be fighting on the undercard of Pacquiao vs Bradley III on April 9, 2016 for the vacant WBO NABO featherweight title against another prospect and former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (21–1–1, 9 KOs) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Valdez defeated Gradovich via 4th round stoppage to claim the vacant title and move up in the WBO rankings. Valdez dominated from the opening bell with head and body combinations also appearing to have broken Gradovich's jaw. In round 4, Valdez caught Gradovich with a left hook which put him on the canvas. Referee Russell Mora started the count. Gradovich managed to get up, but Mora made the call to end the fight.
WBO Featherweight Champion
Valdez vs Rueda
On July 23, 2016, the undercard of Crawford vs Postol at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Valdez fought undefeated Argentine boxer Matias Rueda (26–0, 23 KOs). Two days prior to the fight, it was announced the fight would be for the WBO featherweight title after Vasyl Lomachenko decided to stay at super featherweight and vacate the featherweight title. Valdez claimed his first World title by winning the vacant WBO championship with a second-round stoppage win over Rueda, dropping him twice with body shots. After the second knockdown, referee Russell Mora waved the count for the TKO.
Valdez vs Osawa
Valdez made his first title defence against 31 year old Japanese boxer Hiroshige Osawa (30–3–4, 19 KOs) on the undercard of Pacquiao vs Vargas PPV bout on November 5, 2016. Osawa was ranked #1 by the WBO. The fight took place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Valdez told FightNews.com of his excitement for his first title defence, “I am excited for this fight. I am looking at this fight like if I am the challenger and I want to keep that mentality to do my best and win the fight. I am ready for my first title defence but I am still training like I am trying to win that title.” The fight was one sided fight, Valdez halted Osawa in round 7 when he hurt him with a hook followed by a barrage of shots that prompted referee Vic Drakulich to stop the fight. Valdez hit accurate jabs and hard shots to the body and head from the opening bell and managed to knock down Osawa in round 4. At the time of stoppage, Valdez was ahead 60–53 on all three judges scorecards. According to Compubox, Valdez landed 191 punches to only 35 by Osawa, which included 129 power punches to his Osawa's 18.
Valdez vs Marriaga
On February 17, 2017 Top Rank announced that Valdez would be making a mandatory defence of his WBO featherweight title against former WBA 'Super' World featherweight title challenger Miguel Marriaga (25–1, 21 KOs) in the main event at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22, 2017. Marriaga knocked out Guy Robb in August 2016 to become the number one challenger. Bob Arum confirmed the undercard card would also include Gilberto Ramírez and Jessie Magdaleno defending their respective WBO titles and Olympic silver medallist Shakur Stevenson making his professional debut. In front of 5,419 fans, Valdez retained his WBO title in a slugfest, but was taken the 12 round distance for the first time in his professional career. It was also the first time in six fights going back to June 2015 that Valdez had a decision victory. The final judges scorecards were 119–108, 118–109 and 116–111. Many at ringside believed the wider scores did not do Marriaga any justice as it was a back and forth action fight. Marriaga was knocked down in round 10 after some strong middle rounds.
Valdez vs Servania
In July 2017, Top Rank set a return date of September 22, 2017 for Valdez to make a third defence of his WBO title. His manager Frank Espinoza confirmed that he was back in training. A venue in Tucson, Arizona was discussed. On August 9, it was revealed that Valdez would fight unbeaten Filipino boxer Genesis Servania (29-0,12 KOs) in a voluntary defence at the Tucson Convention Center, with Gilberto Ramírez once again co-featuring. Valdez stated that he would like to unify the division and fight the winner of Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, which was likely to take place in the fall of 2017.
In front of a crowd of 4,103, Valdez managed to recover from a knockdown and score a knockdown of his own, en route to retaining his WBO title via unanimous decision after 12 rounds. The three judges scored the fight 117-109, 116-110, 115-111 in favour of Valdez. Servania dropped Valdez in round 4 with a right hand to the head. Valdez recovered, but looked visibly hurt as he tried to shake it off. Servania was dropped following a big left hook the very next round. After round 6, the fight became one sided. Servania struggled to let his hands go. After one punch, Valdez would grab Servania in a clinch. Valdez began to work the jab and throw power shots until the closing bell. In the post-fight interview, Valdez shrugged off the knockdown, “I never thought I was gonna be on the canvas like that. But this is boxing. To be completely honest, I wasn't really hurt. I was really surprised. I was like, ‘OK, I’m on the floor. But now, I’m gonna get up and I’m gonna do my work.” Valdez managed to land 192 of 697 punches (28%), he earned $400,000 for the fight, while Servania, who earned a $55,000 purse connected 120 of his 450 thrown (27%). Servania seemed upset with the wide scorecards, felt it was close and was open to fighting Valdez again.
Valdez vs Quigg
Top Rank stated they were planning to have Valdez back in action in February 2018, and hoped to have him fight three times during 2018. On November 28, 2017, according to RingTV, Valdez was to make his next defence on March 10, 2018 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, headlining a Top Rank card on ESPN. On 3 January 2018, ESPN first reported that a deal was close to being reached for Valdez to defend his WBO featherweight title against British boxer Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs). On January 13, the fight was finalized.
Shakur Stevenson (born June 28, 1997) is an American professional boxer who competes in the featherweight division.
As an amateur, Stevenson represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the bantamweight division.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Stevenson is the oldest of nine siblings. He took up boxing age five under his grandfather Wali Moses and cites Andre Ward as his influence.
Stevenson had a very successful career at the Youth Level, winning the 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships and 2014 Youth Olympic Games. In 2015 he won the Senior US Olympic Trials, thus qualifying for the US boxing team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. In Rio, Stevenson won a silver medal, losing to Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in the gold medal match. He was the highest-medalling male for the USA (Claressa Shields won gold on the women's side). Despite the loss to Ramirez, Stevenson was dubbed "the next Mayweather" by Floyd Mayweather Jr. himself.
Stevenson turned professional on February 9, 2017 signing a promotional contract with Top Rank. He signed Andre Ward as his manager.
Bob Arum told The Ringtv that Stevenson would likely make his debut on a stacked card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22, 2017. Stevenson showed of his quickness, defence and punching skills as he won his first professional fight against American boxer Edgar Brito. Stevenson won via fifth round technical decision. Brito was cut on the left eye after an accidental headbutt in round 2. In round 3, he was deducted a point for intentionally headbutting Stevenson. From his own intentional headbutts, Brito suffered a cut over his right eye. The ringside physician stopped the bout. Stevenson was ahead on all three judges scorecards and won every round.
In an official press release on May 3, it was confirmed that Stevenson would make his Madison Square Garden debut on undercard of the Crawford vs Díaz World light welterweight championship fight on May 20, 2017. His opponent was announced as Argentine boxer Carlos Suarez (6-3-2, 1 KO).
Stevenson won the bout after 2 minutes and 35 seconds of the first round. Suarez was knocked down before the stoppage. Stevenson's third bout took place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, again on the undercard of Terrence Crawford, this time his unification fight against Julius Indongo on August 19, 2017. Stevenson fought his second straight Argentine opponent, David Michel Paz (4-3) in a scheduled six-round fight. Stevenson easily outpointed Paz over 6 rounds winning 60-53 on all three scorecards. In round 5, Paz was knocked down following a straight left. Stevenson seemed comfortable and patient in letting the fight go the distance.
On November 20, Top Rank confirmed 26-year-old Mexican Oscar Mendoza (4-2, 2 KOs) as Stevenson's opponent, which would take place on the undercard of Vasyl Lomachenko vs Guillermo Rigondeaux on December 9, 2017 at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City, New York.