Valdez caught between divergent styles?
Oscar Valdez needed to win Tuesday night to earn a shot at WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt. Valdez got the job (and apparently the title shot) done by stopping Jayson Velez in the 10th and final round at the MGM Grand Conference Center.
“Miguel Berchelt is the fight I want,” said Valdez. “He has the WBC title at 130 pounds. I want the WBC title. Miguel and I would make for a great fight,"
A win is a win but was Valdez impressive? The former slugger and featherweight titleholder looked good in spots, displaying a better defense though his face was bruised after the fight. Valdez is now 28-0, while posting his 22nd career knockout. Velez record falls to 29-7, 21 KOs.
Heavy-handed super middleweight Edgar Berlanga scored his 14th consecutive first-round knockout, destroying Eric Moon (11-3, 6 KOs) in 62 seconds. A pair of overhand rights sent Moon to dreamland. The kid can punch.
Berlanga downplayed his latest victory.
“It was another step-up fight for me,” Berlanga said. “We prepared to go rounds, but I got him hurt and got him out of there, “I still have so much room to grow as a fighter. The power is there, but I will show everyone that I am a well-rounded fighter. The knockout streak is cool, but there is more to me than first-round knockouts.”
Former WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe returned to the ring after 14 months, stopping Chris Avalos in the eighth round. Dogboe (21-2, 15 KOs) started slowly—eventually warming to the task as the fight progressed. The fight was his first with trainer Barry Hunter.
Kim Clavel (12-0, 2 KOs) was victorious in her ESPN debut, defeating previously undefeated Natalie Gonzalez (6-1, 1 KO) by a wide unanimous decision.
Junior welterweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez (8-0-1, 8 KOs) notched his second knockout in 19 days, icing Dennis Okoth (4-4-1, 2 KOs) with a single left cross in the second round.