Shakur Stevenson looks to capture more titles when facing Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant WBC lightweight title on Saturday.
Stevenson vs De Los Santos odds have the American at -1600 to be crowned the champion, which is short for a title fight.
He was stripped of his WBC and WBO super featherweight titles for missing weight, so it could be a redemption story.
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KOs: 20-0, 10 vs 16-1, 14
Unbeaten Record Seems Safe
Stevenson’s unbeaten 20-0 record doesn’t appear to be under threat if Stevenson vs De Los Santos odds are anything to go by.
With Stevenson at short odds to win, the vacant title is likely to be wrapped around his waist, but the 26-year-old doesn’t come without controversy.
He was stripped of his world featherweight titles in 2022 when failing to make weight against Robson Conceicao. He won that fight by unanimous decision, but being stripped of your titles isn’t a good look.
If he wants to become the ultimate professional, he needs to mature. The southpaw has always been on the outside looking in because of his attitude, but fighting in a new division could open doors.
In terms of lightweight boxing fighters, he’s ranked third, and he has already planned to fight Vasyl Lomachenko.
“In the crystal ball, I see Lomachenko. He will have a reason to fight me once I have a belt around my waist. I envision Lomachenko as the next one. I think it’s a significant bout,” Stevenson said.
There isn’t much value with his -1600 odds, so bettors could have to look at prop bets to find the best value with boxing predictions.
Is De Los Santos a Worthy Contender?
It’s not easy to find a worthy opponent for Stevenson, but could De Los Santos pull off an almighty upset?
His boxing results have been solid throughout his career, including 16 wins and only one loss. Of his 16 wins, 14 have come by knockout, so he’s not lacking power.
However, Stevenson vs De Los Santos odds don’t give him much chance of an upset at +750.
The Dominican Republic fighter lost to William Foster III by split decision last year, but he has been busy since with three consecutive wins.
He scored a knockout of Luis Acosta before needing only three rounds to knockout the promising Jose Valenzuela.
His most recent win came against Joseph Adorno, and although it went to a decision, he won every round according to two judges.
Based on his recent wins, we think he’s a worthy contender for the WBC lightweight title. His reward is fighting Stevenson, but there have been a lot of boxing upsets recently.
Stevenson to Wear Down Opponent
Most of the money with Stevenson vs De Los Santos odds has come for Stevenson to win by decision.
The -250 price is much more tolerable than the -1600 to win outright, and he has never been a knockout puncher.
He has only 10 wins by knockout from 20 fights, which is lower than most fighters of his ability. He doesn’t mind winning by decision, so long as he gets the job done in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Bettors get +250 for Stevenson to win by knockout. However, we’re happy to give De Los Santos respect. He’s good enough to land a few good shots and stay in the fight, but never looking like winning.
Stevenson is excellent at scoring points, much like Floyd Mayweather Jr, so if he adopts that mindset, the title should be his.
We have seen much shorter odds than -250 for a fighter of his class to win by decision, so include him in selections.