Shakur Stevenson had a busy night which also saw him crowned unified super featherweight champion
Pound-for-pound boxing prospect Shakur Stevenson had an eventful night on Saturday that saw him become the WBO, WBC and The Ring featherweight champion, propose to his girlfriend, then step in to stop a mass brawl that would have seen his mother attacked by two women.
Terence Crawford’s 24-year-old protege held a masterclass at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas as he dethroned Oscar Valdez and handed the Mexican his first defeat in a highly one-sided unanimous decision victory (118-109, 117 – 110 and 118-109) who also suffered a knockdown in the sixth round.
Within minutes of his defensive display complemented by an excellent shot from the southpaw and powerful shots to the body, Stevenson revealed that he wanted to become an undisputed champion in his current division.
“I’m a superstar in this sport. I want to collect all the belts at 130 and go undisputed. I deserve to be a superstar, so that’s what I have to do,” he said, adding that he thought to himself, “I will close [Valdez’s fans] at the top,” and “I heard crickets” as the fight continued and a raucous Mexican-American crowd was silenced.
The hostile reception Stevenson received also didn’t stop him from getting down on his knees and proposing to his girlfriend and the mother of his baby girl Leilani Asha.
The Young Lyric rapper was stunned by the public display of affection and willingly agreed, but a rocky night for Stevenson and his family didn’t end there.
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) May 1, 2022
Sitting backstage to answer questions at a post-fight press conference, ESPN correspondent Mike Coppinger asked Stevenson if he deserved to be on the pound-for-pound list after his last expert demonstration.
“What you think?” the Newark native responded. Yet, before he could develop further, Stevenson had to turn his head to a smash that was unfolding offscreen, then rush offstage to smash it while leaving his belts behind.
“What is happening?”her shocked promoter and Top Rank chief Bob Arum asked more than once.
It’s unclear exactly what happened, but Shakur Stevenson’s post-fight press conference just ended like this…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) May 1, 2022
That’s what happened pic.twitter.com/yIQklpMZ2q
— Nap King Cole Jr (@napkingcolejr) May 1, 2022
Apparently, two women are accused of attacking Shakur Stevenson’s mother, which abruptly concluded the press conference when Shakur rushed to her aid. What was happening in real time was unclear #ValdezStevenson
—Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) May 1, 2022
A separate clip from the incident shows Stevenson being dragged away from the mass brawl storming the hallway of the MGM Grand.
As a member of Stevenson’s entourage fires vicious punches at another man on the ground, security tries to stop the melee that resulted in the press conference having to be called off.
The guards eventually manage to contain the issues to some degree as Stevenson’s associate is pushed through a series of doors and then closes behind him.
According to Coppinger, two women were accused of attacking Shakur Stevenson’s mother, Malikah, although other reports say the confrontation found Stevenson’s family and team in a feud with security.
Still, the added violence shouldn’t put a damper on what has been one of the biggest nights of Stevenson’s young life so far.
While chasing WBA champion Roger Gutierrez and IBF king Kenichi Ogawa appear to be next on his route, the pugilist prodigy is also interested in meeting 135-pound WBC executive Devin Haney if he becomes Australia’s undisputed lightweight champion. next month by relieving George Kambosos of most other lightweight crown pieces.
“Devin is definitely a huge fight for me; Devin is a hell of a fighter. We can field him in the future,” said the Rio 2016 silver medalist.
“You line ’em up, name ’em up, I’m ready for anybody,”