Stevenson vs Valdez is finally here. The boxing world is in the middle of one of the strongest runs of boxing matches in recent memory. First, there was former interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia taking on Emmanuel Tagoe in San Antonio, Texas on April 9th. That was quickly followed the next weekend by Errol Spence Jr. vs Yordenis Ugas in a welterweight unification bout for the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles. Then there was the WBC heavyweight title defense turned swan song from Tyson Fury who knocked out Dillian Whyte in the sixth round in front of a soldout Wembley crowd. Now on April 30, 2022, Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez are ready for their super featherweight unification title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the division’s WBC and WBO belts.
Stevenson vs Valdez live stream and Start Time
- When: Saturday, April 30, 2022
- Prelims Start Time: 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST
- Main Card Start Time: 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST
- Location: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
- How to Watch: ESPN, ESPN+, FitePass
Eight other fights will fill out the Stevenson vs Valdez preliminary and main fight cards, with Keyshawn Davis a heavy favorite in the co-main event against Esteban Sanchez. With three knockouts in his first four career fights, Davis (4-0-0, 3 KO) is stepping into his first career six-round bout. His opponent, Sanchez (18-1-0, 8 KO), is a strong hitter out of Mexico who has fought 10-round contests twice but is rebuilding his resume after his first career loss. For Sanchez, it is his boxing debut in the United States. Also on the card is Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of the legendary Muhammad Ali, making his fifth career fight and looking for his fourth early finish. Ali Walsh signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank last summer.
The main card is set to get underway at 9 p.m. ET with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 11:15 p.m. ET. In the US and anywhere you can stream Valdez vs Stevenson via the FitePass. This is a standalone service from regular FitePass, so you don’t need to be an existing TV subscriber.
Oscar Valdez vs. Shakur Stevenson- Main Card Preview
Last June, Stevenson (17-0-0, 9 KO) earned the WBO Interim World Super Featherweight Title from Jeremia Nakathila before taking the belt outright with a 10th-round TKO of Jamel Herring in October. Now, the southpaw, the top-ranked super featherweight in the world, is ready for his first title defense. Not only that, but he’s looking to add to his hardware collection by working his way through the 130-pound class. First in line is Valdez (30-0-0, 23 KO), the second-ranked super featherweight in the world and the current holder of the WBC belt.
IT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 29, 2022
Since taking the WBC title from Miguel Berchelt in 2021 at the MGM Grand, Sanchez has already defended his belt against another young talent in Robson Conceicao is a unanimous decision victory. A regular in Las Vegas, Saturday will be Valdez’s sixth professional contest at the MGM Grand. The underdog in the bout, Valdez looks to defend his resume in addition to his title, against the younger, slightly taller Stevenson. Whoever emerges victorious will likely have Kenichi Ogawa or Roger Gutierrez, the IBF and WBA champions respectively, next on their list. Of course, that could change if Gervonta “Tank” Davis showed any interest in returning to 130-pounds where he once held the WBA title for two years.
Stevenson vs Valdez Fight Card / Odds
- Oscar Valdez (+475) vs. Shakur Stevenson (-750) – 12 Rounds – WBC and WBO Super Featherweight Title Unification
- Keyshawn Davis (-5000) vs. Esteban Sanchez (+1300) – Rounds – Lightweight
- Nico Ali Walsh (-1800) vs. Alejandro Ibarra (+950); 6 Rounds – Middleweight
- Raymond Muratalla (-1200) vs. Jeremy Hill (+700) – Lightweight
- Andres Cortes (-5000) vs. Alexis del Bosque (+1300) Super featherweight
- Abdullah Mason vs. Luciano Ramos; Lightweight
- Troy Isley (-3000) vs. Anthony Hannah (+1200) – Middleweight
- Charlie Sheehy vs. Burnell Jenkins; Lightweight
- Antoine Cobb vs. Jaylan Phillips; Super lightweight