Oscar Valdez retains WBO featherweight title

Photos: Sumio Yamada

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jason “El Alacrancito” Sanchez (14-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 2,412 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Making the sixth defense of his belt, Valdez dropped the very tough Sanchez in round five with a left hook and busted up Sanchez as the bout progressed. In the end, scores were 117-110, 118-109, 118-109.
“I hope (to fight at featherweight again)” said Valdez afterward. “I also have to listen to my body. We’re going to see what’s best. Sometimes I get tired in there, and I’m not sure if it’s because of the weight loss. We’ll talk about (my next move) as a team and we will do what is best. I want to fight everybody at 126, 130. Let’s do it.”

Promoter Bob Arum added, “Sanchez lacked experience, but he showed tremendous guts. Oscar Valdez fought him back and showed his championship heart. We’re going to look for a fight later on in the year between Valdez and Carl Frampton, if Frampton is successful in his next fight.”

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  • I saw an improved Oscar Valdez tonight. He actually paid attention to defense and tied up whenever he found himself getting into a firefight. That said, he still loops his punches too much and just didn’t go to the body enough. He also threw one punch at a time instead of putting together several punches to body and head.

    He still needs to work on those aspects of the game, but I feel much better about his career after watching this fight. He had been getting hit too cleanly and too often in in past few fights. I don’t know if he can stay at 126 lbs, but he looked good tonight against a tough opponent with a predictable attack.

    A fight with Carl Frampton would be a good one at featherweight, but if he is seriously draining himself in making the weight, he should probably move up to super featherweight sooner rather than later.

    • Allways a pleasure to read your posts very accurate and well written.. Have a nice week-end

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