As high as Oscar Valdez intends to silence Shakur Stevenson, he likewise is encouraged to exploit monetarily on his career-changing triumph over Miguel Berchelt as high as feasible.
That’s why he would simply as quickly accept spells with Vasiliy Lomachenko and also Gervonta Davis if those chances appeared. Lomachenko, like Valdez and also Stevenson, is advertised by Bob Arum’s Leading Ranking Inc.
Valdez resolved the opportunity of encountering Lomachenko throughout a current episode of “Max On Boxing,” Max Kellerman’s once a week program on ESPN2.
“Definitely,” Valdez responded concerning a Lomachenko fight. “You recognize, at the end of the day, dealing with is what places food on the table for my family members. And also, you recognize, we desire the larger and also much better battles. I would love a fight with Lomachenko. I would love a fight with Lomachenko or Gervonta Davis or the winner of [Carl] Frampton and also Jamel Herring. The battles that [pay] even more cash, you recognize, those are the battles I would wan na have. However likewise, battles that individuals wan na see.
“You know, I don’t wanna fight somebody for the money, and then get criticized later in my career, saying that I’m ducking fighters or that I’m scared of fighting certain fighters. I’m not scared of fighting nobody, but I would wanna get the money fights because, like I repeat, at the end of the day, that’s what puts food on the table for my family.”
Ukraine’s Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) had the WBO junior light-weight prior to he went up to the light-weight department 3 years back. The three-division champ is open, according to Arum, to going back to the 130-pound department for the right fight since he has actually shed his light-weight titles to unbeaten, combined champ Teofimo Lopez.
Combating the winner in between Herring and also Frampton is practical for Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) too, mainly since Leading Ranking is Herring’s marketer and also Frampton’s co-promoter. Cincinnati’s Herring (22-2, 10 KOs) will certainly make an optional protection of his WBO junior light-weight crown versus Belfast’s Frampton (28-2, 16 KOs) on April 3 at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai in Dubai.
A Valdez-Davis fight would be harder to assemble since Baltimore’s Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) is advertised by Floyd Mayweather’s firm and also recommended by Al Haymon.
Stevenson, on the other hand, is anticipated to end up being the WBC’s number one-ranked opposition for Valdez’s extremely lightweight title when its latest scores are launched. Valdez informed Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs) at ringside following his telegenic, 10th-round ko of Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs) on February 20 in Las Las vega that he would happily fight the unbeaten southpaw that has actually repetitively asserted Valdez abandoned his WBO featherweight title in 2019 to prevent him.
Keith Idec is an elderly writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be gotten to on Twitter @Idecboxing.