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Friday, November 17, 2023

Stevenson becomes 3-weight champ, beats De Los Santos in a snoozer

There is a difference between fighting scared and fighting the style of hitting without getting hit.

Shakur Stevenson (21-0, 10 KOs) made sure that he would not get hit as much by those punches coming from the hard-hitting Edwin De Los Santos (16-2, 14 KOs) to the point of not hitting as much on De Los Santos either for their lightweight fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday night, resulting to a limited action that failed to tickle fans' excitement.

Although Stevenson tried to press forward in the second half of the fight to somehow ignite excitement in the seemingly disappointed crowd of around 6,703 who attended the event. De Los Santos on the other hand tried to lure Shakur to commit further and somehow fight on the back foot.

It was like a dance of "Cha-Cha" actually. When the other goes forward, the other goes backward.

De Los Santos pressed the action early, but Stevenson did not engage and kept the distance. In the second half, as Stevenson tried to press a little bit forward, De Los Santos was the one keeping the distance luring Stevenson to commit further for possible counters.

The scorecards read 116-112, 115-113, and 116-112 all in favor of Stevenson for the unanimous decision victory. 

Stevenson said, "I had a bad performance tonight. That’s all I’m really focused on. I wasn’t feeling too good, so I’ll live with it. It’s okay. I came here and got the victory, and that’s all I wanted to do.

I doubt if the paying fans would agree that "it's okay". Anyway, what he wanted to do was victory. But hey remember that the fans wanted to be entertained.

Well, I expect Stevenson to give boxing fans a more entertaining fight moving on to the next fight as a three-weight class champion. And I'd rather see him fight again at the 126 or 130-pound division as he has the confidence to risk getting hit a little bit in order to hit more in the process.

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