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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 29: Oscar Valdez (L) and Shakur Stevenson (R) face-off during the weigh in prior to their WBC and WBO junior lightweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 29, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

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Shakur Stevenson strips naked to make weight for lightweight unification showdown versus Oscar Valdez Saturday night in Las Vegas

Shakur Stevenson was forced to strip naked in order to meet weight while Oscar Valdez came in comfortably under the limit before the pair engaged in an icy face-off ahead of Saturday’s super-featherweight unification bout in Las Vegas.

Stevenson was seemingly over the 130lb limit upon taking to the scales first before removing his underwear behind the protective screen and meeting his mark exactly.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 29: Oscar Valdez flexes on the scale during the weigh in with Shakur Stevenson prior to their WBC and WBO junior lightweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 29, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Valdez followed up by weighing in at 129.6lbs as the pair prepare to put their world titles and unbeaten records on the line at MGM Grand Garden.

A fiery atmosphere including boos for New Jersey native Stevenson appeared to fuel a tense and icy final face-off, Valdez being the first to peel off as he proudly raised the Mexican flag before his counterpart insisted on stepping in front of him to flex for the cameras.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 29: Oscar Valdez (L) and Shakur Stevenson (R) face-off during the weigh in prior to their WBC and WBO junior lightweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 29, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

The talk during the build-up has seen Stevenson accuse Valdez of ‘ducking’ him in the past and insisting he does not possess the boxing ability to beat him in a technical fight, while Valdez has been adamant he is equipped for any kind of contest and challenged his opponent not to ‘run away’.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 29: Keyshawn Davis (L) and Esteban Sanchez (R) face-off during the press conference prior to their lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 29, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Elsewhere on the main card, the supremely-gifted Olympic silver medalist Keyshawn Davis weighed in at 136.2lbs ahead of his eight-round lightweight clash with Esteban Sanchez as he looks to extend his unbeaten record to 5-0.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 29: Nico Ali Walsh (L) and Alejandro Ibarra (R) pose during the press conference prior to their middleweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 29, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of the great Muhammad Ali, meanwhile came in at 159.2lbs before raising his hands aloft in tribute to his grandfather as he gears up to face Alejandro Ibarra, who tipped the scales at 160.4lbs.

Credit: Sky Sports 

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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