MGM Grand Conference Center, Las Vegas - Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) became a two division world champion when he scored a brutal one-punch knockout of heavy favorite Miguel Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs) to capture the WBC super featherweight title.
The fight started in a very cautious pace, with the boxers feeling each other out. Valdez was shooting quick punches and Berchelt was working range-finding jab. The technical pace continued in the second. There wasn't much from either fighter, but Valdez was landing a fast jab that bloodied the nose of Berchelt.
Berchelt was applying a lot more pressure in the third round. Berchelt was unable to land most of his shots, as Valdez was working the jab and landing quick punches. Valdez continued with the jab in the fourth round. He was using a lot of movement and keeping Berchelt guessing and swinging wild. Then a left hook badly hurt Berchelt and had him in serious trouble. Bechelt was barely able to stay up on his feet and a knockdown was called when Berchelt flew into the ropes.
In the fifth, Berchelt still looked hurt and on shaky legs. Valdez was stunning him with every single hard shot that landed. Berchelt looked better in the sixth round as he was applying more pressure and looking to do damage. Berchelt seemed to hurt Valdez to the body. He was applying a lot of pressure, coming forward and throwing a lot of punches.
Berchelt was coming on in the seventh, pushing forward and starting to wear down Valdez, who seemed tired and doing a lot of holding. In the closing moments, Valdez landed several hard shots. At the start of the eight, Valdez landed a few hard shots. Berchelt was trying to chase him down, and Valdez was jabbing and landing good shots.
Valdez continued to outland Berchelt in the ninth. He scored a second knockdown with a combination of hard punches. Valdez went for the finish. Berchelt was trying to survive and he did.
In the tenth, Valdez was unloading with big punches on Berchelt, who had no answers. At the end of the round, Valdez landed a big hook that knocked Berchelt out cold.