Shakur Stevenson has demanded that Oscar Valdez “stop ducking” and comply with a fight that may unify the super-featherweight division.
Stevenson delivered a razor-sharp Tenth-round stoppage towards Jamel Herring to change into a two-weight world champion, aged simply 24, by including the WBO super-featherweight belt.
Mexico’s Valdez, like Stevenson, was a featherweight world champion and now holds the WBC super-feather title.
“There’s only one fight left, the biggest fight in the division,” Stevenson stated after beating Herring.
“Oscar cannot maintain ducking! It’s time to fight!
“Me versus Oscar, there’s nothing else to stay up for.
“The 130lbs division needs to unify, so let’s get it.”
Stevenson, a former Olympic silver medallist, introduced himself as a future face of American boxing by dismantling Herring on Saturday in Atlanta.
“I want to be a superstar in the sport,” he stated.
“I take my craft seriously, I am disciplined, I had a strong camp.
“I need to thank Tim Bradley who criticised me and known as me boring.
“So I wanted to perform in a fun fight – to show my skills, my defence, my power. I showed everything.
“Around the fifth spherical, I had landed every part and was successful clearly. Then he tried to come back on. I believed: ‘I’ll take a break then step it up later’.”
Asked about the 10th-round finish, Stevenson said: “I smelled blood. I believed: ‘I’ve to the touch the lower’.
“Every punch I threw, I thought ‘touch the cut, touch the cut’ just to make the doctor stop it.”
Herring, who despatched Carl Frampton into retirement earlier this yr, stated: “I want to apologise. I tried, I tried.
“He’s sharp and slick. His co-ordination is superb.
“No excuses, he was the better man tonight.
“I could not have a chess match with him so I needed to chunk down.
“There’s no quit in me. No matter what, I will push through adversity.
“No-one anticipated me to get this far.”
The fight’s added layer of intrigue was as a result of Herring’s coach, Brian ‘Bo Mac’ McIntyre, was in Stevenson’s nook for a fight simply 4 months in the past.
McIntyre stated about Stevenson: “Younger, faster, sharp. He was sharp tonight.
“I take my hat off to the entire crew.
“I didn’t expect that. I thought he would move, like in his last fight. They had a good game-plan, he executed it, he got the win.”
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October 31 – Top Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas
November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois skilled debut
November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER in Birmingham
December 11 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title