Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Oscar Valdez Drops Jayson Velez Three Times, Stops Him in Tenth


Oscar Valdez became the first of Jayson Velez’s 37 pro opponents to knock him out Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

A disciplined, tactical Valdez boxed well, but he also dropped Velez once in the fifth round and twice in the 10th before referee Tony Weeks halted their scheduled 10-round junior lightweight fight with 37 seconds left in it. Puerto Rico’s Velez (29-7-1, 21 KOs) had lost six decisions before Mexico’s Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) beat him by technical knockout in a main event ESPN televised from MGM Grand Conference Center.

Two judges – Patricia Morse Jarman (89-80) and Steve Weisfeld (88-81) – had Valdez way ahead entering the 10th round. Judge Dave Moretti had Valdez up by only one point through nine rounds (85-84), and only because Velez had a point deducted for a low blow in the ninth.

Valdez’s victory likely will lead to him facing countryman Miguel Berchelt next in a 12-round fight for Berchelt’s WBC super featherweight title. Bob Arum – whose company, Top Rank, promotes Valdez and co-promotes Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs) – told before Valdez overcame Velez that he’ll put together a Valdez-Berchelt bout once fans can attend boxing matches in the United States.

“Miguel Berchelt is the fight I want,” Valdez said after stopping Velez. “He has the WBC title at 130 pounds. I want the WBC title. Miguel and I would make for a great fight.”

The 29-year-old Valdez’s second fight at the 130-pound limit wasn’t nearly as difficult for the former WBO featherweight champion as his debut at that weight.

Adam Lopez (14-2, 6 KOs), an 11th-hour replacement for an absurdly overweight Andres Gutierrez, dropped Valdez in the second round of their 10-rounder November 30 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Valdez overcame that trouble to drop and stop Lopez in the seventh round of that fight.

Valdez had no such difficulty with the 32-year-old Velez on Tuesday night.

The beginning of the end came when Valdez hurt Velez with a left hook to Velez’s temple that made Velez stumble with 1:28 to go in the 10th round. A short, left hook then sent Velez to the canvas for the second time in their fight with 59 seconds remaining in the fight.

oscar-valdez (9)_2

Velez got up by the time Weeks’ count reached eight, but just a few seconds later Valdez blasted a vulnerable Velez with a right that knocked him down for the third time in their fight. Once Velez fell into the ropes, Weeks waved an end to what had become a completely one-sided fight[KI1] .

“I never stop learning,” Valdez said. “I will go back to the gym and continue to improve. I’m in a great rhythm with my trainer, Eddy Reynoso. Velez was everything I expected, a tough warrior who fought his heart out. I commend him for a great performance and a great fight.”

Weeks deducted a point from Velez 31 seconds into the ninth round for a low blow. With Velez backed into the ropes, Valdez landed a left hook about 1:10 into the ninth round.

Velez regularly pressed the action in the seventh and eighth rounds, but he didn’t land many clean blows because Valdez moved out of his punching range.

With just under a minute to go in the sixth round, Valdez landed a right uppercut and followed it up with a left hook.

A left hook by Valdez made Velez stumble backward and sent him to the seat of his trunks with 17 seconds to go in the fifth round. A stunned Velez answered Weeks’ count at eight.

Valdez couldn’t capitalize on hurting Velez because the bell rang to end the fifth round just as Weeks brought Valdez and Velez together again.

Valdez backed up Velez by landing a right hand with 25 seconds remaining in the fourth round. Earlier in the fourth, Valdez blasted Velez with a left hook to the body before coming up top and catching Velez with another left hook.

Valdez boxed well throughout the third round. He landed a left-right combination toward the end of that round.

Velez knocked Valdez off balance with a counter left hook about 55 seconds into the second round. Valdez landed a short right hand with just under a minute remaining in the second.

Velez’s right hand to the body backed Valdez into the ropes with about 1:20 to go in the opening round. Valdez snapped back Velez’s head with multiple jabs in the final minute of the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 07-24-2020

Oscar Valdez performance was average and this fight was more close that they said. Better Oscar Valdez absorb the teachings of Eddie Reynoso or is a KO waiting to happen. Miguel Berchelt TKO Oscar Valdez late and Jamel Herring is…

Comment by revelated on 07-23-2020

[QUOTE=DaBeastO;20670756]looooooooooooool you DUMB ASS!!![/QUOTE] More like late ass. I was literally in there booking a bid and they closed it before I could save. They thought Oscar would blow this guy out in a round or two.

Comment by DaBeastO on 07-23-2020

[QUOTE=BoxingIsGreat;20668507]Arum knows better.[/QUOTE] arum owns both guys so it doesn't matter who wins. berchelt's promoter basically works for the bobfather.

Comment by DaBeastO on 07-23-2020

[QUOTE=MeanestNiceGuy;20669041]I love the fact that Valdez is game and willing to fight anybody, but the performance he put on last night wasn't convincing at all. I can't picture him giving Berchelt many problems, if any. He has been out of…

Comment by DaBeastO on 07-23-2020

[QUOTE=MexicanStyle74;20669396]I think part of Valdez's problem is that he continues to try to prove to everyone that he's a power puncher-he was at 122 but at 130 he is lacking power to take on game opponents like Berchelt, who naturally…

Top Headlines
Terri Harper, Natasha Jonas - Ready For Title Showdown Frampton Seeking New Opponent, Vardanyan Out Due To Visa Issue Ewa Brodnicka Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Harper-Jonas Matchroom Fight Camp Weigh-In Report Promoter: 'Special' Morrell Reminds Me A Lot Of A Southpaw Carlos Monzon Anthony Joshua On Dealing With Criticism: "It's Hard To Ignore It" Mikey Garcia: Jose Ramirez's Power, Strength Will Overcome Josh Taylor Liam Williams: Eubank, Canelo, Andrade - I Want a Massive Fight Navarrete-Magdaleno: WBO Orders August 11 Purse Bid For Vacant Title Fight Thompson Boxing’s GM Reflects on '3.2.1. Boxing' Event Vladimir Shishkin is The Best Fighter at 168, Says Salita Anthony Joshua Will Have 'Spot On' Sparring For Pulev, Says Hearn Canelo: Loss To Mayweather Motivated Me To Become P4P Best News: Sean McComb, Kunkabayev, Dovhun, Pinchuk, More Jamal James-Thomas Dulorme and the Spinning Wheel at Welter Arum: Loma Has Given Us Relief, If Lopez Turns Down Deal - On To The Next Postol Continues To Train Hard, Hopes Ramirez Fight Finally Happens Carlos Ocampo vs. Jorge Garcia on August 15 in Mexico City Andrew Cancio vs. Saul Rodriguez Set For September 12 NSAC Suspends Victor Rodriguez, Donte Stubbs: Positive Drug Tests In ESPN Wins Hearn Speaks To Warren: Rivals Plan Future Meeting To Talk Business Mikey Garcia: The Manny Pacquiao Fight Interests Me The Most Braekhus Feels in 'Best Shape Ever' After Tough Camp With Sanchez Natasha Jonas: If I Land Clean, Terri Harper Will Go! Efe Ajagba Signs With Top Rank; Changes Trainer From Shields To Koroma Povetkin Set To Spar With Chisora, Allen For Whyte Clash Jarrell Miller Temporary Suspension Extended By NSAC Terri Harper, Natasha Jonas - Face-Off at Final Presser Ra'eese Aleem: My Next Fight Will Be For A World Title Bob Arum: It Would've Been Wrong To Drop Oquendo As Herring's Opponent Leo Santa Cruz: No One Is Giving Me A Shot To Beat Gervonta Davis Boxing Has To Make it Count Vikas Krishan Wants Pro Fights To Prepare For Tokyo Olympics Terri Harper: I'm Going To Work Jonas All Night, Break Her Down Charr: My Promoter To Hold Meeting On Andy Ruiz Fight Whyte on Fury, Joshua Marbella Meeting: That Looked So Staged! News: Rocha vs. Bacon, ACE Boxing, Mitchell Stapleton, More Conlan: Takoucht Will Be Tough Fight, I Do Believe I'll Stop Him Roy Jones: CSAC Can't Control Mike Tyson, I Have To Be Ready For War! Top Rank Keeps Trio Of Boricua Prospects - Lebron, Gonzalez, Zayas - Active On Boxeo Telemundo
Latest Forum Threads