The following article, Shakur Stevenson Aims To Become Three-Weight World Champion In WBC Lightweight Title Clash, was first published on Flag And Cross.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Shakur Stevenson will challenge Dominican puncher Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant WBC lightweight title in an attempt to become a three-weight world champion.
As a pressure fighter, Edwin De Los Santos (16-1, 14 KOs), 24, would want to take Shakur out right away. Shakur needs to use his aggressiveness to his advantage by forcing him to miss and then expertly counterattack him.
Edwin from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, is a young, competitive fighter who is only focused on winning his first world title. He has nothing to lose. He’ll put Shakur under a lot of strain in an effort to kill him quickly.
Shakur Stevenson (20-0, 10 KOs), 26, from New Jersey, U.S. is an expert fighter who has excellent vision and can precisely and methodically control the range and distance of his opponents. With one of the lowest opponent connection percentages in boxing (13.4%), he is hard to discover for his opponents.
Shakur would have analyzed Edwin’s rhythm and timing if he can maintain the early attack. Stevenson will then go on to land his punches with accuracy and efficiency.
“Edwin De Los Santos is a good fighter and he’s going to come to fight. I give him credit for actually taking this fight when so many other so-called ‘fighters’ ran from it. I’m the biggest boogeyman in boxing, and on November 16, the world will see why when I put on another great performance for the fans. Come out to T-Mobile Arena or tune in to ESPN and watch me become a three-division world champion,” said Stevenson in media reports.
“I want to thank Top Rank, the WBC, ESPN and my promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, for this opportunity to put on a great fight and win my first world championship. I am a proud Dominican warrior who fights for my people! Shakira, I’m going to kick your ass,” said De Los Santos.
“This is a huge week for Las Vegas and a tremendous platform for Shakur Stevenson to show, once again, why he is well on his way to reigning as the sport’s pound-for-pound king,” said Bob Arum Top Rank chairman.