Living up to it’s billing the contest witnessed undefeated Former World Champion Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) sensationally knock out WBC super featherweight world champion Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt. (38-2, 34 KOs) in the tenth round on Saturday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Initially considered to be a 50/50 matchup concluded to become dominated by Valdez, outboxing Berchelt early whilst staggering the WBC champion in the fourth. Valdez was awarded a knockdown as Berchelt fell into the ropes.
Berchelt started to gain momentum in the sixth but Valdez dropped his countryman in the ninth before knocking him out cold in the tenth. Time was 2:59
“There’s nothing better in life than proving people wrong,” said Valdez. “I have a list of people who doubted me. My idols doubted me. Boxing analysts doubted me. They said Berchelt was going to knock me out. I have a message to everybody: Don’t’ let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do.
“I’m so happy right now, I can almost do a backflip like Teofimo Lopez. I want to take this belt home, and I’m happy for that. Any champion out there… I heard Shakur Stevenson wants to fight. Let’s do it. I just want to keep on fighting and give the fans what they want.”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum added, “Oscar Valdez proved he is one of the great Mexican champions. An absolute masterpiece in the ring tonight.”
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