Valdez gets more than he expected from Lopez, Frampton’s edge in talent obvious against McCreary
By Bill Tibbs
It was Top Rank Boxing, live from the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. The 2 main attractions saw undefeated, former featherweight champion Oscar Valdez making his debut at 130 pounds.
The card also saw the return of popular Irish fighter Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, also making his Top Rank, super featherweight debut.
Valdez was originally scheduled to face Andres Gutierrez until Guierrez came in 11 pounds overweight. Yes, you read that correctly – 11 pounds.
When that fight was scrapped, Top Rank was able to sort out a deal with featherweight Adam “Bluenose” Lopez (originally scheduled for the undercard) who was happy to get the opportunity of a lifetime to face an undefeated world champion and be elevated into the main event slot.
As far as Gutierrez goes, I wouldn’t anticipate any work from Top Rank in the near future. An incensed Bob Arum said after the weigh-in that this (over weight situation), “Is a fuckin’ disgrace” and he had “never seen anything like it” He went on to say that, “All I can do is never use him again."
Ireland’s Carl Frampton was making his super featherweight debut for Top Rank a few months later than he had hoped. He was originally scheduled to fight last summer but a few days before the bout a lamp accidentally fell on his hand, injuring it badly. So, he had to pull out and heal up.
So, needless to say, both fighters were excited to be in the ring on Saturday night.
Oscar Valdez vs. Adam Lopez:
Oscar Valdez remained undefeated and made a successful 130-pound debut in a win that may set up a match with Mexican, WBC, 130-pound champion Miguel Berchelt.
In his super featherweight debut, former featherweight world champion Valdez (27-0, 21 KO’s) scored a TKO in round seven over upset minded Adam Lopez (13-2, 6 KO’s).
Lopez dropped Valdez in round two and gave him everything he could handle before being stopped. Valdez came back to drop Lopez in round seven and a follow up barrage forced a (somewhat quick) stoppage.
The scoring was all over the map. Ringside judge Max De Luca had Lopez ahead by a point at the time of the stoppage. Glenn Feldman judged Valdez up a point-while Dave Moretti’s card showed that he had Valdez winning every round except the knockdown round.
A good fight - a win that sets up Valdez for a world title fight and a loss that raised the stock of 126-pounder Lopez.
Carl Frampton vs. Tyler McCreary:
Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (27-2, 15 KO’s) took it to previously unbeaten Tyler McCreary (16-1-1, 7 KO’s) over 10 rounds.
Frampton dropped McCreary two times, both from body shots. In the end, the output, and edge in talent, saw the former world champion from Ireland sweep the cards by scores of 100-88 across the board. Frampton may have re-injured his hand that he said he, “re-fractured two times in camp."
In the post-fight interview, there was talk of facing Jamel Herring (whom he met in the ring after the bout) in a world title fight in a fight that would be a huge event back in Ireland. However, it was really noticeable how much bigger Herring was than Frampton in the ring after the bout.
- Junior middleweight Patrick Teixeira (31-1, 22 KO’s) UD 12 Carlos “Caballo Bronco” Adames (18-1, 14 KO’s). This was a hellacious fight. Teixeira, fighting with cuts under both eyes, came back from the brink of defeat to floor the heavy-handed Adames in round seven. The fight was close, but Teixeira earned the nod.
-Heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (6-0, 6 KO’s) KO 1 Colby Madison (8-2-2, 5 KO’s).
-Super lightweight Andy Hiraoka (15-0, 10 KO’s) TKO 2 Rogelio Casarez (13-9, 5 KO’s).
-Super lightweight Arnold Barboza Jr. (23-0, 10 KO’s) KO 5 William Silva (27-3, 15 KO’s) A perfect bodyshot did the deed.
-Welterweight Xander Zayas (2-0, 2 KO’s) KO 1 Virgel Windfield (2-3-1, 2 KO’s)
-Welterweight Larry Gomez (10-1, 8 KO’s) SD 8 Brian Mendoza (18-1, 13 KO’s).