Oscar Valdez Captures Title and Shocks the Boxing World with Vicious Knockout of Miguel Berchelt
February 20, 2021
Anthony Saldana (134 articles)
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Oscar Valdez Captures Title and Shocks the Boxing World with Vicious Knockout of Miguel Berchelt

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Saturday night from inside the bubble at MGM Grand the WBC World Super Featherweight Champion Miguel Berchelt (37-2, 33 KOs) looked to defended his title for the 7th straight time. The undefeated and former WBO Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) however would shock the world with a brutal knock win. Coming into this highly anticipated All-Mexican showdown for Super Featherweight supremacy, both fighters knew it was a fight that was bigger than the title, it was a fight for national pride, a fight for bragging rights, a fight for glory and for Valdez a fight to prove his doubters wrong. From the opening bell the difference in the styles was clearly apparent as Valdez came out throwing heavy overhand right hands, but missed with the majority of them as he only landed (8) total punches in the round on the calm and calculated Berchelt who used much of the first as a feeling out round. Valdez quickly settled in as the excitement he had showed in the 1st round was now gone. Valdez began to counter the champion landing several stiff jabs on him in the 2nd round busting the nose of the slower, sluggish Berchelt. Valdez continued to use his speed, accuracy and overall better athleticism to outbox Berchelt who clearly had trouble with the defense and speed of Valdez. In the 4th round the left hand of Valdez hurt Berchelt who fought the majority of the round “out on his feet”. Berchelt eventually took a left hook to jaw that staggered him into the ropes and referee Russell Mora started the count ruling a technical knockdown as the ropes saved Berchelt from hitting the canvas. Berchelt continued to get battered in the 5th as he was asked several times by Mora if he was ok to continue. By the 6th Berchelt had regained his wits and had his best round of the night connecting power shot after power shot. Going into the 7th it was much of the same as the tide quickly began to turn in favor of the Champion but by the closing moments of the round, Valdez began to exchange hard shots with Berchelt in a fight that clearly had lived up the hype. In the 9th the left of Valdez continued to find its target and quick three punch combo dropped Berchelt for the 2nd time in the fight. In between round Russell Mora again advised Berchelt “That if he didn’t show him something” he was going to stop the fight. Valdez came out and boxed the 10th round disciplined dropping Berchelt once again, then at the 2:59 mark of the round Berchelt was completely knocked out by a brutal left hook that had lights out written all over it. Medical staff quickly entered the ring as Berchelt laid motionless for several minutes before regaining he consciousness. After the fight Valdez stated “I thank God for me winning, and enjoy proving every one wrong I have a list of those that doubted me, my idols doubted me, and I got one message for everybody out there. Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do nothing you want. Follow your dreams”. When asked about the victory Valdez said. “Every time I would see him I knew I could beat him, umm I don’t know why, I just knew I had to win and I would win, I didn’t want to be 70-80 years old and have regrets. I also want to thank everyone that doubted me again, it made me train harder.”

In the Co-Main event of the night undefeated Top Rank “Blue Chip” prospect Gabriel Flores Jr. (20-0, 7 KOs) from Stockton Ca, looked very impressive in his knockout victory over the rugged veteran Jayson Velez (29-9-1, 22 KOs) handing Velez his third straight loss. Flores Jr. boxed a calculated fight from the opening bell, dancing around the ring and using his distance to stick and move while popping Velez with his jab. That however would change and by the end of the 3rd round Velez began to cut off the ring and apply his pressure on Flores Jr. Unable to deal with the effective aggressiveness of Velez, Flores Jr. quickly to turned his defense into offense as both fighters began to throw heavy shots with bad intentions. Then in the 6th Flores once again found his comfort zone and took over  the fight dropping Velez who just beat the count, only to hit the canvas again as the referee waived off the fight

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