“There is only one way to describe tonight — amazing,” Stevenson said after dispatching Guevara. “Seeing all of my family, friends and everybody from the city come out to support was incredible. We are going to do many more fights and even bigger. We are bringing big-time boxing back to Newark.”

It’s always nice getting a win, but it would help if Stevenson were to face at least top tier opposition from this point on. It’s not sporting when he’s matched against journeyman level opposition in fights that are designed as showcase affairs.

Stevenson is the #1 ranked contender for World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (28-0, 20 KOs). That’s a fight that Top Rank can easily put together, because they promote both fighters. However, it’s unclear whether they’ll make that match, since they would be cutting off one of their revenue streams. Stevenson is a future star, and Valdez is also a highly popular fighter.

If Top Rank matches Stevenson and Valdez in against either in 2019, one of them will lose, and that won’t help the company. There’s a possibility that Valdez will be moving up in weight to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring for his newly won 130 pound title.

Will Top Rank make Stevenson vs. Oscar Valdez?

The WBO will give Valdez a #1 ranking, and make him the mandatory for Herring as soon as he makes it clear he’s leaving the 126 pound division. Stevenson will go after the WBO featherweight title once Valdez vacates it. Stevenson will likely face #2 WBO Joet Gonzalez for the vacant WBO 126 pound title. Gonzalez (23-0, 14 KOs) wont be a walk in the park for Stevenson, especially with the poor opposition Top Rank has been feeding him.

Gonzalez looked sharp last Saturday night in stopping Manuel Avila (23-2-1, 8 KOs) in the sixth round on a Golden Boy Promotions card in Carson, California. Unlike Stevenson, Gonzalez has been fighting quality guys. It’s unclear why Top Rank hasn’t been matching Stevenson against good opposition, but it’s possible they want him to look good in front of the casuals so they’ll jump on board and become fans of his.

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