Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin De Los Santos Fight Card, Odds, & Predictions

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Shakur Stevenson hits Jeremiah Nakathila, of Namibia, in a WBO interim junior lightweight title fight Saturday, June 12, 2021.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Nov 15, 2023, 6:33 PM
  • This Thursday, a new WBC World Lightweight title will be crowned as Shakur Stevenson faces Edwin De Los Santos for the vacant belt.
  • Stevenson is the heavy betting favorite at -1400.
  • De Los Santos is the overwhelming underdog at +700.

A mid-week boxing world title fight will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as Shakur Stevenson (20-0) and Edwin De Los Santos (16-1) battle it out for the vacant WBC World Lightweight belt. Stevenson, a former featherweight and super featherweight champion, is the -1400 heavy favorite in boxing odds.

De Los Santos, on the other hand, is the overwhelming underdog with +700 odds. Apart from already sustaining a loss to his record, De Los Santos is the considerable underdog because it will be his first major world title opportunity after winning multiple regional titles.

Shakur Stevenson Recent Fight Results

Before transitioning into the professional ranks, Stevenson was a former Olympic silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Games. He debuted in April 2017 against Edgar Brito and won via decision. After 11 straight wins, the 26-year-old secured his first world title match against Joet Gonzalez in October 2019 and won the vacant WBO World Featherweight championship.

Three more victories later, Stevenson won his second world title in another division by stopping Jamel Herring via a 10th-round TKO to capture the WBO World Super Featherweight title. In April 2022, he added the WBC World Super Featherweight belt to his collection after a unanimous decision victory over Oscar Valdez. 

Before officially moving up in the lightweight division, Stevenson was able to defend both the WBO and WBC World Super Featherweight titles against Robson Conceição in September 2022. In his latest win, he made a successful 135-pound debut by scoring a sixth-round TKO of Shuichiro Yoshino in April 2023.

Edwin De Los Santos Recent Fight Results

De Los Santos is a professional boxer from the Dominican Republic. He made a successful professional debut in August 2018 with a second-round knockout. Since then, he racked up 12 consecutive victories and won two regional titles. These wins were key in securing a fight in the U.S.

In January 2022, De Los Santos officially made his debut on American soil when he was pitted against William Foster III, but he was defeated via split decision. Following his first pro defeat, he bounced back with three straight victories over Luis Acosta, Jose Valenzuela, and Joseph Adorno to win the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title.

Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin De Los Santos: Tale of the Tape

Shakur StevensonEdwin De Los Santos
Reach68 inches70 inches
TKO/KO Percentage50%88%

Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin De Los Santos: Fight Analysis

The tale of the tape between Stevenson and De Los Santos is almost identical, with the latter only having 2 inches of reach advantage and a higher TKO/KO percentage. Meanwhile, the former is two years older and has the perfect record to boot. Both are standing at 5-foot-8 in height and are fighting in a southpaw stance.

Expect this world title fight to be like a bullfight, with Stevenson playing the role of a matador and De Los Santos as the bull. Because he acknowledges his power, De Los Santos always comes forward and applies pressure to his opponents, as he knows that once he lands a clean power shot, it will surely hurt them instantly.

Meanwhile, Stevenson is like a matador waiting for the bull to come to him before evading them and avoiding the attack that comes in his direction. Once he dodges the punches of his opposition, he immediately throws a counterpunch that catches them off guard. He is good at finding the great angle and timing of his counters.

The key for De Los Santos in this match is not to rush forward and wait patiently in the pocket because he tends to leave himself open when exchanging blows against his opponents. A perfect example was when he fought Valenzuela, where he got clipped on the head when they engaged in the pocket. He also needs to throw more jabs to keep Stevenson at bay.

On the other hand, Stevenson looks excellent in the 135-pound division because he isn’t worrying about weight cutting, unlike when he was in the super featherweight division. His power seems acclimated already as seen in his win against Yoshino, where he scored a sixth-round TKO.

His ideal fight plan for this showdown with De Los Santos is to lure him forward and make him the aggressor. Once he calculates the proper distance and defensive lapses, Stevenson can finally fire his counters and check hooks that built his reputation as one of the best counterpunchers today.

Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin De Los Santos: Date and Start Time

Nov. 16, 2023, 8:30 p.m. PT

Nov. 16, 2023, 10:30 p.m. CT

Nov. 16, 2023, 11:30 p.m. ET

Shakur Stevenson vs. Edwin De Los Santos: Fight Prediction

Official Prediction: TKO/KO victory for Shakur Stevenson.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.