On Saturday night Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23 KO’s), had maybe his greatest victory of his career, stopping Miguel Berchelt (37-2-1), in the tenth round and winning the WBC Junior Lightweight Title. This win makes Oscar Valdez a world champion in two different weight classes, and the latest member of the Eddy Reynoso stable to win in a dominating fashion.
Going into the bout, Valdez was the underdog due to Berchelt boasting a 86% knockout percentage and being the naturally bigger man. Berchelt had rehydrated to 146 pounds by the time of the fight and the size difference was apparent. Many assumed that Berchelt would eventually catch Valdez and end the fight within 12 rounds. Berchelt winning the fight by stoppage was not the end result.
Oscar Valdez was able to fight the perfect fight and obtain the victory through a combination of great footwork, a strong jab and timed counters. Valdez was able to catch Berchelt with a strong left in the fourth and hurt the champion badly while securing his first knockdown of the fight. The pace of the fight continued to be dictated by Oscar Valdez, while Berchelt not being able to catch Valdez often or hurt the challanger.
The fight continued this way until Valdez caught Berchelt with a monster left hook to close the 10th round and knock the former champion out cold. Valdez was seen to be emotional as he secured the sweetest victory of his career and wrapped the green WBC Junior Lightweight Title around his waist.
Immediately after the fight Oscar Valdez called out Shakur Stevenson (15-0, 8 KO’s), for a fight, who also is promoted by Top Rank. Stevenson is currently the mandatory for the WBO Junior Lightweight Title, and will face the winner of the Carl Frampton vs Jamel Herring bout. Other options for Valdez include the monster of the division Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who is the WBA Junior Lightweight champion. The IBF Title is also currently vacant since Joseph Diaz Jr. recently lost his title on the scales.
Whatever path he chooses to go Valdez will be clearly be a threat to anyone in the 130 weight class as he continues to improve under the training of Eddy Reynoso.
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