- Oscar Valdez says he is upcoming struggle with Shakur Stevenson is private.
- The undefeated fighter is bored stiff with accusations he is have shyed away from the struggle, and that he is a cheater.
- Insider spoke to Valdez about each claims this week.
The contention is red-hot for the Mexican puncher as a result of, as he informed Insider this week, he feels Stevenson has portrayed him in a destructive gentle.
Valdez claims he is confronted accusations of keeping off this struggle and says there used to be a excellent explanation why to once they had been at featherweight in combination, as a result of he used to be as a substitute chasing larger and higher bouts.
“This is a fight people have been wanting for a long time,” the 31-year-old mentioned. “Shakur Stevenson has been citing my identify since I used to be a featherweight.
“It got under my skin … [he said] that we were scared, ducking, but that was never the case. We were just always looking for bigger and better fights.
“Now, Shakur is a two-division international champion. It makes best possible sense to resolve who’s the most productive fighter at 130-pounds.”
It became more personal, Valdez said, because Stevenson was seemingly winning over the court of public opinion as people believed he was scared of fighting him.
Stevenson also claimed Valdez has been “stuck dishonest” which is a possible connection with Valdez trying out sure for the banned stimulant Phentermine in August 2021. Days later, his B-sample examined sure, too.
Valdez mentioned he had “no knowledge” he had taken the substance, CBS Sports reported on the time.
Valdez isn’t the one member of Team Canelo with Eddy Reynoso to stand accusations of dishonest on account of sure assessments. Before Saul Alvarez broke a bone in Billy Joe Saunders’ face, the British boxer stored calling Canelo “juicy” in 2021.
Insider requested Valdez in regards to the allegations of dishonest leveled at each him and Team Canelo usually.
“You just have to ignore them,” Valdez informed us. People will have to know the details, he mentioned.
“You know, these positives, if you look at from a wide-angle, you know there’s a big problem in Mexico with clenbuterol in the meat — it’s a clear, clear problem.
“With what Canelo were given is unlucky — simply dangerous success. In my case, may be dangerous success, two times, so folks just about soar to a conclusion that there’s dishonest, however actually, this isn’t the case.
“These clear mistakes can happen to anybody,” he mentioned.
Valdez is happy to show off his skillset Saturday
Regarding Reynoso’s paintings with him specifically, to get him in a position for Stevenson, Valdez mentioned he is “excited to show” his abilities.
“I can brawl and I can also box. Shakur isn’t going to risk it, bang in there, stay toe-to-toe. He’ll use his boxing skills, but that’s what we’ll do as well. We’ll be the smarter fighter in a chess game rather than a war.”
The Top Rank-organized Valdez vs. Stevenson PPV starts 7 p.m. PT on ESPN Saturday.