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  Valdez Victory Over Velez
Leaves More Questions Than Answers

By William Trillo
By Mikey Williams - Top Rank


In the prelude to his huge match-up with fellow countryman and WBC Champ Miguel Berchelt, Super Featherweight Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) needed to put on an impressive showing against the seasoned Jayson Velez (29-7-1, 21 KOs). On paper it looked good, the end result was Valdez getting a late KO victory over a fighter who had never been stopped before. That being said this was far from a highlight reel for Valdez. If he looks like this when he steps into the ring with Berchelt its going to make for a very long, or worse, a very short evening.

Make no mistake though, Velez is no slouch. He has been in with some great fighters and handles himself in the ring very well. This was no pushover for Valdez. The Puerto Rican is a game fighter but he is past his prime. It shouldn't have been this difficult for a fighter with the pedigree of Valdez.

Valdez dropped Velez in round four with a very clean hook. He also closed the show with two knockdowns in round ten. As I said, good on paper. But along the way Valdez looked tentative, got hit way too frequently, as his face will attest to. He clearly is not the fighter we watched early in his career. If this is "The New Normal" for Valdez he may want to consider going back to what (or who) was working before.

To put things into perspective after round nine the respected Judge Dave Moretti had the fight scored by a razor thing 85-84 for Valdez. Keep in mind Velez had already been dropped once and was deducted another point for a low blow.

Officially the fight was stopped at the 2:23 mark of round ten.

On his performance Valdez stated, Miguel Berchelt is the fight I want. He has the WBC title at 130 pounds. I want the WBC title. Miguel and I would make for a great fight. I never stop learning. I will go back to the gym and continue to improve. Im 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.

What can you say about a fighter who has 14 victories in 14 fights with 14 first round KOs? Call him a rising star. Super Middleweight Edgar Berlanga (14-0, 14 KOs) made Eric Moon (11-3, 6 KOs) understand why no one lasts three minutes with him.

Moon thought if he came in and went toe to toe he would earn some respect. Wrong.

As soon as Moon tasted Berlanga leather he backed off to the ropes. Moments later Berlanga clubbed him with a couple of thudding right hands. Moon crumbled and the fight was over. The fight was stopped at the 1:02 mark. Not much to say butWOW!

After the fight the big hitter commented, It was another step-up fight for me. We prepared to go rounds, but I got him hurt and got him out of there. I still have so much room to grow as a fighter. The power is there, but I will show everyone that I am a well-rounded fighter. The knockout streak is cool, but there is more to me than first-round knockouts. I am proud to represent my Puerto Rican heritage every time I fight. I carry that with me with pride every time I enter the ring.

For seven and three quarters rounds Featherweight Isaac Dogboe (21-2, 15 KOs) put a serious beating on Chris Avalos (27-8, 20 KOs). For Dogboe this was a chance to get back into the mix and show he still belongs with the cream of the crop. For Avalos this was a tough gritty showing, but he was in trouble throughout the bout.

Dogboe, under new trainer Barry Hunter looked like a man on a mission as he performed very well. As round eight was coming to an end Dogboe unleashed a right hand to the top of Avalos head and the ref had seen enough. The bout was brought to a halt at the 2:25 mark of that eighth and final round.

On his victory Dogboe said, I was off for 14 months. This was a long time coming. I felt great with my new trainer, Barry Hunter. Were only getting warmed up. Avalos took a great shot. I broke him down, and to get a knockout in my first fight back, I am tremendously content. I wanted to show everyone that Isaac Dogboe never went away. Im still here, and I am only getting better.

The Montrealer Flyweight Kim Clavel (12-0, 2 KOs) took on Natalie Gonzalez (6-1, 1 KO) in a battle of undefeated females. Clavel used superior skill and hand speed to keep Gonzalez at bay for most of the fight. Gonzalez did mark up the face of her opponent over the course of the eight-round battle but she just wasnt on the same level as the Qubec native Clavel. Final scores all in favor of Clavel read 80-72 across the board.

After the fight Clavel noted, I knew it would be a hard fight because shes a good fighter. She had a good amateur background. This was my first time here. I had some pressure, but with every round, I felt better and better in the ring with my coach. We won all the rounds. This is what we wanted. I felt good in the ring. Of course, it was unique, but I didnt feel different. The preparation for this fight went well. I felt the pressure on me because it was a big stage. It was my first time here in Las Vegas. What a great experience. I would love to stay active and fight again before the end of 2020. I want to be the best in the light flyweight division.

Super Lightweight Elvis Rodriguez (8-0-1, 8 KOs) kept his 100% KO ratio alive as he obliterated Dennis Okoth (4-3-1, 2 KOs) in the second round with a wicked one-two combo. The southpaw Rodriguez uncorked a right jab followed by a straight left to the chin of Okoth who dropped like a sack of potatoes. No need to count here, the ref waved it off before Okoth knew what hit him.

Officially the bout was stopped at the 2:33 mark of round two. Insert your goofy Elvis quote here.


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