Boxer Shakur Stevenson improved his record to 18-0 by outpointing Oscar Valdez. This effectively made him the unified junior lightweight champion.
Stevenson didn’t have a lot of time to gloat either – during the press conference after the event he had to leave abruptly to rescue his mom from a group brawl that erupted at MGM.
Olympic silver medalist was in good spirits but something caught his attention and prompted Stevenson to quickly discard his world titles ad leave the stage in a hurry as an altercation was taking place just outside the green room.
Initial reports detail that two women are accused of attacking his mother – which prompted him to leave and intervene.
Video footage of the incident shows that several people got involved prior to Las Vegas security team intervention. The security professionals struggled to contain Stevenson, his friends and family inside of a room while they tried to deescalate the conflict. People were slowly cleared from the area.
Stevenson aims to become an undisputed champion at 130lbs and is potentially targeting WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
“I told y’all what I was going to do, I said I’m going to beat Valdez, Canelo and Eddy Reynoso. That was my gameplan, beat the whole team and I feel good about it. No disrespect to them, but that was my gameplan,” he said.
“Oscar Valdez is a tough champion, I don’t take nothing away from him. He’s rough rugged, got good power and will be a champion after this. I’m a superstar in this sport, line them up and name them, I’m ready for whoever. I might go collect all the belts at 130lbs and become undisputed.”
“I have got nothing but respect and love for Devin, but we can line it up in the future too.”
Haney is scheduled to box unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr in June for the undisputed title.