The vacant WBC World lightweight strap is up for grabs when Shakur Stevenson(20-0,10kos) meets Edwin “La Grenada” De Los Santos(16-1,14kos) in the T-mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Shakur Stevenson is inarguably the betting favorite. He’s shown he’s one of the most skillful boxers active today, and has done so since his professional debut in 2017. That said, there is a reason they call De Los Santos “La Grenada”. He’s explosive, and has fight-changing power in both hands. Where Shakur seems to typically start at a lower gear and work his way up throughout the fight, De Los Santos appears to start in fifth and stay there until he accomplishes what he came to do. With that in mind, this southpaw vs southpaw match-up has great potential for excitement from start to finish.
That’s not the only thing to look forward to on the Thursday card. As the co-main event Emmanuel “El Vaquero” Navarrete’s(38-1,31kos) WBO World super-featherweight title is on the line against Robson “Nino” Conceicao(17-2, 8kos). This has all the makings of a high-skill, action-packed scrap. Nobody in boxing fights quite like Navarrete, and so far that style has served him incredibly well. Conceicao has shown that he has the skill and the grit to hang with the best competition available at 130lbs. Navarrete is the favorite for good reason, but the actual conclusion is far from foregone.
The fact that Stevenson and Navarrete are fighting so close together on the same card has warranted grumbles and whispers of a future clash between the two should everything go as planned Thursday night. The possibility of that fight happening in the future is all the more reason to tune in.
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Floyd Diaz(9-0,3kos) vs Max Ornelas (15-1-1, 5kos) bantamweight