Shakur Stevenson has clinched a three-division world champion title in just nine fights. Despite this remarkable achievement, Shakur Stevenson vs Edwin de los Santos results are far from impressive. The 26-year-old now boasts titles in the featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight divisions, and this feat comes after only his second bout in the 135-pound category.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) November 17, 2023
The co-main event, Emanuel Navarrete vs. Robson Conceicao, ended in a majority draw, with Conceicao winning most rounds but facing knockdowns in rounds 4 and 7. Navarrete retains the WBO junior lightweight title with scores of 114-112, 113-113, and 113-113.
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Shakur Stevenson vs Edwin de los Santos Results
- Main Event: Shakur Stevenson defeats Edwin De Los Santos via unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112 & 116-112) for the WBC lightweight title
- Co-main Event: Emanuel Navarrete and Robson Conceicao results in majority draw (114-112, 113-113 & 113-113), Navarrete retains the WBO super featherweight title
- Brian Norman Jr. defeats Quinton Randall via unanimous decision (99-91, 99-91 & 97-93)
- Floyd Diaz defeats Max Ornelas via split decision (77-73, 78-72 & 74-76)
- Troy Isley defeats Vladimir Hernandez via unanimous decision (77-75, 77-75 & 77-75)
- Emiliano Vargas defeats Brian Mendoza via 2nd round KO (:57)
- Abdullah Mason defeats Jose Cardenas via 2nd round KO (1:55)
Shakur Stevenson vs Edwin de los Santos Highlights
The fight proved challenging to watch due to minimal action. Stevenson, more active, aimed to control distance with his long jab and exceptional defense throughout the 12 rounds.
Stevenson (21-0, 10 KOs) remains a top-tier boxer, but this lackluster performance won’t leave fans eager for his return. Despite De Los Santos’ claims of effort, Stevenson maintains a defensive strategy.
The two fighters dance around the ring to boos, offering very little engagement over 12 painfully tedious rounds. With neither landing significant blows, the restless crowd relentlessly jeers the lack of action.
If this was the performance meant to attract Davis and Haney, Stevenson might be considering a do-over to make a more compelling statement.
It was truly disappointing as Stevenson effortlessly dodged De Los Santos’ punches, offering little retaliation. They often stood stagnant, hesitant to throw punches, inviting a chorus of boos that echoed through the arena.
Yet, Stevenson’s stellar defense not only shielded him from trouble but also earned him a world title in a third weight class.
— CompuBox (@CompuBox) November 17, 2023
CompuBox reports a mere 33 power punches landed by Stevenson and De Los Santos. Remarkably, De Los Santos’ 40 total punches set a 38-year low for a 12-round fight.
Shakur Stevenson vs Edwin de los Santos Play by Play
Stevenson’s unimpressive performance in Shakur Stevenson vs Edwin de los Santos results might deter potential opponents, citing reluctance to face a fighter who evades rather than engages. Despite the jaded showing, Stevenson secured a victory, always better than a loss. Here’s how the (not-so-much) action unfolded in Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin de los Santos.
In the opening round, De Los Santos struggles to connect with Stevenson, who dodges effortlessly. De Los Santos throws, but Stevenson’s overhand right and a body shot leave the lasting impression, despite minimal action.
Stevenson sneaks a jab between De Los Santos’ gloves. Stevenson catches him with a counter right. De Los Santos lands a short left, and they tie up. The crowd begins to boo due to the lack of action. Another round of very little happening.
Stevenson beginning to move forward to start the round. He’s closing the distance. De Los Santos lands a left hand to back Stevenson off for a moment. Nothing is happening. The crowd is getting restless.
The crowd boos as soon as the round begins. De Los Santos gives chase but lands nothing. A wild hook from De Los Santos misses, but Stevenson doesn’t make him pay. De Los Santos is trying, but Stevenson avoids everything. Sooner or later, Stevenson starts to land some punches.
The action picks up slightly, but neither fighter is landing as the crowd continues to let them have it. De Los Santos goes to the body but is blocked. The boos are getting louder.
Both fighters opening up a little more, but again, neither has landed anything of substance. Stevenson is pressing the action. Another round of nothing. This isn’t great.
De Los Santos finally advances and launches punches at the air. Stevenson lands a short left. The crowd continues to boo. Once again, a round of next to nothing. Fans are leaving.
A few clinches open the round but no punches of significance have landed. Stevenson pops a jab and lands a right to the body. There’s an audible yawn from someone in the crowd. The boos grow louder. Stevenson lands a jab. That’s all.
Counter left for Stevenson lands. They exchange hooks and that gets a rise out of the crowd. They are standing in front of each other and not throwing. They clinch and De Los Santos throws on the break. He misses, of course. Stevenson lands a few jabs as the round comes to a close.
Stevenson catches De Los Santos coming in with a jab and a hook. More fans leave as nothing of substance happens. Wow. This is bad.
Not any significant action, but momentarily, Stevenson peppers De Los Santos with shots as the latter gets more desperate with time running out.
De Los Andes lands a right hand and is trying to pick up the pace but Stevenson continues to dance away before landing a hard right hook. Stevenson lands a counter hook. That’s it. The end. Thankfully.
Judges score it 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 for the winner and new WBC lightweight champion, Shakur Stevenson. He’s now a three-division world champion in just nine fights, the fourth smallest total in boxing history.
Swimming without Getting Wet…How the World Sees Shakur’s Victory?
Even beyond us at RDX Sports, many boxing enthusiasts, experts, and analysts, along with CompuBox, share our disappointment. To put it mildly, it was a historically lackluster fight for someone achieving a 3-division championship. Shakur himself acknowledges his below-par performance in the post-fight discussion.
“I had a bad performance tonight. I wasn’t feeling too good. I’ll live with it, it’s OK,” Stevenson told ESPN+ following his win. “I just didn’t feel good. Honestly, I already told myself, if I’m feeling like this in the ring and it’s not going well, I’m going to make sure I box and get the victory.”
Stevenson appeared unwell, nursing his left hand post-fight. He remained tight-lipped about specific details, though.
“I don’t got nothing to say about that. I don’t make no excuses,” Stevenson said. “It happens. We go through a lot as a fighter.”
Shakur discusses his performance. pic.twitter.com/jpDTjLcwXZ
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In his post-fight interview, De Los Santos didn’t hold back, delivering harsh criticism of Stevenson.
Edwin De Los Santos on his defeat to Shakur Stevenson: "I came to fight, he came for a track meet. I'm above his level. He was gifted a title, but I am the champion of the people… He's earned the nickname I've given him, Shaquila Twitterson, because he's not a fighter."
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) November 17, 2023
Despite Stevenson’s acknowledgment of readiness issues and hints at a potential physical problem, rivals like Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney, along with legends like Oscar De La Hoya, weren’t generous in their assessment of the fight.
Should’ve offered this Bum 10% I was being too generous!
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) November 17, 2023
Can someone wake Bob up? 😂
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) November 17, 2023
That was certainly something. How do you even score such a fight? Bad style clash and tough to watch.
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) November 17, 2023
Not for nothing, but that wasn't a #boxing clinic. A clinic is meant to teach; you learn from a clinic. It's exemplary. If that were a #boxing clinic, we wouldn't have any fucking fans. #StevensonDeLosSantos
— Lou DiBella🥊 (@loudibella) November 17, 2023
What’s Next for Shakur Stevenson?
While Stevenson has clinched another championship, his pursuit of a significant bout against a true star is still pending. Devin Haney, holding the WBC title, is a potential star opponent, but he’s currently designated as “champion in recess” as he gears up for a clash with Regis Prograis for the junior welterweight crown at 140 pounds.
Stevenson boldly accused Haney of avoiding a matchup, claiming Haney was intentionally dodging him.
“He felt like the fight with Regis was an easier fight. If he’s got me in front of him and Regis in front of him, he felt like a fight with Regis would be an easier option,” he told Sky Sports ahead of the fight.
Haney’s “champion in recess” status theoretically allows him to return and challenge Stevenson, but that prospect appears doubtful if he triumphs against Progais.
Stevenson is also eyeing a significant bout with Gervonta “Tank” Davis.
“I think it’s the biggest fight in the world,” Stevenson told BoxingScene.com. “I think that when it happens it needs to be promoted and put out there like that. I think that me and him is two of the best fighters in the world. And honestly, I just feel like it should be worldwide. That’ll be the best fight in boxing right now, if you ask me.”
Stevenson’s counter-punching and technical skill pose an intriguing challenge for Davis, making it arguably the division’s most significant potential fight. However, with the kind of dull performance in this fight, Davis reserves every right to be extra cautious in locking horns with him.
For now, all we can do is wait and see how things unfold from here. If anything of significance pops up, we’ll be right here to update you!