Oscar Valdez Delivers One-Sided Pummeling for 6th Successful Title Defense
By Robert Aaron Contreras
Top Rank was back on ESPN, pitting 2 sound professionals versus unwavering challengers at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno,Nevada In both affairs, the A-side took out a triumph however nuanced as the battle video game is, not every consentaneous choice is made similarly.
Oscar Valdez (26 -0, 20 KO) def. Jason Sanchez (14 -1, 7 KO) by consentaneous choice
Featherweight champ Valdez kept his WBO belt over a solidified opposition in Sanchez, marking 6 successive title defenses. The Mexican- reproduced previous Olympian floored Sanchez in the 5th round, and damaged his confront with left hooks and overhand rights into the last round.
Valdez, combating for the 2nd time under Eddy Reynoso, needed to address Sanchez for 12 complete rounds. The young opposition dished it back, tossing practically two times as numerous punches, however landed at a considerably lower clip as Valdez bludgeoned and bloodied the best side of Valdez’s face, winning 118-109, 117-110 and 117-110 to prepare for a possible transfer to the junior light-weight department.
” I seem like I am enhancing with Eddy [Reynoso],” the Valdez informed Bernardo Osuna in the ring post-fight. “I want to listen to my body, sometimes I feel like I get tired in there. I feel like it’s because of the weight loss. I am hoping for another fight at 126. But I’m not 100 percent… or go up to 130. We’ll talk about it as a team. I’m willing to fight anybody, to be honest—130 or 126, let’s do it.”
Valdez, 28, set the tone early in Round 1. He remained tight behind his gloves as Sanchez tossed haymakers into him. The dance continued in the 2nd duration: Sanchez’s fists oscillating at an extraordinary speed, however Valdez, crouching and timing his male, curling right-hand men around Sanchez’s loose defense.
Sanchez, 24, maintained the output, never ever fluctuating. Overhand rights were linking over the next 2 rounds. Some audible. But behind bolting jabs, Valdez would advise him who had the belt. Valdez was still being outworked however when he opened for punches, Valdez was noticeably shocked.
Just seconds into Round 5, a left hook lastly clipped Sanchez and put him on the seat of his trunks. When the action resumed, more counter left hooks crashed into the more youthful male.
Sanchez continued to offer whatever he had in the 6th duration, his groaning accompanying every punch he tossed. By the seventh verse overhand rights from Valdez had actually drawn blood from Sanchez’s nose. The opposition once again dug deep and charged into Valdez, wanting to ruffle his composure.
Valdez however was back to knocking left hooks into his challenger’s face in the 8th round– blood now putting over Sanchez’s mouth.
Amazingly, Sanchez wasn’t simply still waiting completion of Round 9, however had actually pushed Valdez into the ropes. The Mexican champ appeared to take short lived minutes off as he calmly deflected his male’s wave of punches– more worried with preventing a dustup than ending up Sanchez for excellent.
In the tenth, Sanchez was sapped of energy. But not nerve. Over and over, Valdez teed off: jab, right-hand man, left hook– ever dedicated to his gameplan.
More overhand rights made Valdez the penultimate round. The best side of Sanchez’s face was a mess, his only objective was remaining upright till the last, flexible bell. And the champ didn’t make that simple for him, extending the attack in the last round, maybe most penalizing of all.
Sanchez, enduring the sport at its greatest level, would hear the scorecards, commonly in favor ofValdez The CompuBox numbers shown as much.
Valdez landed 195 of 509 overall punches (38 percent) and 113 of 262 power shots (43 percent) while Sanchez linked on 107 of 869 overall punches (12 percent) and 91 of 500 power punches (18 percent).
Already 2 wins on the year, Valdez is well ahead of his speed in 2015, when he just completed as soon as. And still on the best side of 30, a transfer to 130 pounds makes a great deal of sense thinking about Top Rank represents 2 of the department’s champs, Miguel Berchelt and Jamel Herring.
Gabriel FloresJr (14 -0, 6 KO) def. Salvador Briceno (15 -4, 9 KO) by consentaneous choice
Graduating to the eight-round range, FloresJr bided his time outworking Briceno, who made his method fromMexico The 19- year-old light-weight wunderkind was geared up with a sharp jab and a sweeping left hook, selecting apart his challenger to the tune of a consentaneous choice verdict.
“We’re happy,” Flores summarized his efficiency after the battle. “My jab was nice—I should’ve thrown it more. But there’s always something to do better.”
His offense was tidy, and mix punching barely missed its mark, however his depending on particular punching permitted Briceno to get a couple rounds on the scorecards through the middle phases.
After a shy start from both guys in the opening round, Flores started beating Briceno to the punch, jabbing low and right away following it upstairs. It was simple to acknowledge a speed benefit for the teen and he took the very first 3 minutes with more crisp jabs and lead left hooks.
In Round 2, Briceno took the center of the ring– he would hold it the remainder of the method. Flores mored than happy to action in with double jabs and jumping left hooks. And the 3rd round saw him parry body blows with one hand and all at once fire back straight punches with the other.
The 4th and 3rd verses made it clear Flores had his mind on screening himself over the range. He was client, too patient, however landed at will. Briceno benefited from the absence of seriousness over the next 2 rounds, following his more youthful equivalent around. The going to Mexican shoveled punches at Flores, barely landing anything with result however flaunting for the judges.
Flores depended on more particular punching over the last 3 rounds. He was by far the more powerful fighter and still had a lot of zip to his punches in Round 8, where Briceno followed him around as Flores rested on right and left hooks. An periodic 3 punch combination provided guarantee to the California possibility’s future.
In the last 50 seconds, Briceno with absolutely nothing to lose rushed his speed, closing the battle by spamming directly right-hand men, however Flores had a left hook for him anytime the Mexican leaned over.
When asked what his next action was, Flores was to the point: “Fight again. Over the next two, three months. I feel great. I hardly got touched.”