Through Chris Williams: Bob Arum will win Shakur Stevenson his fight against Oscar Valdez by taking on former WBC 130-pound champion Miguel Berchelt next March or April.
Shakur bitterly complained that Valdez, 29, dodged him, but he didn’t.
Valdez is battling the guys Arum confronts him against, and he’s yet to get him on with Stevenson, a newcomer to the 130-pound division.
Stevenson (17-0, 9 KOs) is struggling to fight WBC super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez following his victory over WBO champion Jamel Herring on October 23.
Arum has no problem letting Stevenson face Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) as long as he can get past Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs). This is not the type in Shakur to act like a spoiled brat insisting that he fight Valdez next rather than gaining the opportunity by facing Berchelt first.
Valdez will also have to do his part before facing Stevenson by defending his WBC super featherweight title against Emanuel Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) next.
As such, the winner of the Valdez v Navarrete and Herring v Berchelt fights will meet in the second half of 2022 in a big unification fight with the 130-pound WBC and WBO titles at stake.
Both Stevenson and Valdez will need to approve Arum’s idea before it can come to fruition, but that shouldn’t be a big deal as these are big fights.
If Stevenson, 24, thinks he’s as good as he thinks he is, he shouldn’t have a problem playing against Berchelt, 29, who just lost Oscar Valdez in the tenth round last February.
“I want Valdez to fight Emanuel Navarrete and take on Shakur against maybe BercheltBob Arum told Air sports. “We would see how Shakur does with Berchelt; then we can match the winners.
“I think that’s the way to go, and that’s what we will suggest to them,” Arum said.
“I hope to have Shakur back in the ring in March or April. Same with Valdez and Navarrete.
Hopefully Shakur agrees to fight with Berchelt because if he doesn’t, he probably won’t have the chance to fight Valdez. If Stevenson chooses not to win the Valdez fight by taking on Berchelt, he might as well switch to lightweight as there is nothing going for him in super featherweight.
The only popular guy in the entire 130-pound division is Oscar Valdez, and Arum has immediate plans for him with the Navarrete fight.
“It’s one thing to be a talent and another to take that talent and become a crowd-pleasing fighter, and Shakur understands that now,” Arum said.
Stevenson fought boredomly against Jeremia Nakathilia and Joet Gonzalez; he might never reach fame if he doesn’t change the way he fights.
He has to be more like Teofimo Lopez and less like Guillermo Rigondeaux if he is to be the next Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Shakur, unlike his previous performances, didn’t come out, didn’t win a few innings and then slipped to victory,” said Arum. “He came out to beat his opponent decisively. I just want him to be a superstar.