Boxing News: Oscar Valdez holds on to his world title despite a scare from Robson Conceicao | Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says, “If the boxers want the fight, I have no problem putting Oscar in with the winner of Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson.”
Oscar Valdez was bloodied and injured, but he overcame Robson Conceicao on Friday night to retain his WBC super-featherweight title and an unbeaten record.
A “tough” month for Valdez, who had an “adverse finding” in a drug test, almost turned even more difficult when Conceicao threatened to seize his world title.
But, fighting in his adopted homeland of Tucson, Arizona, the Mexican-American dug deep in the second half of the bout to persuade the judges.
Conceicao, the previously undefeated gold medalist from the 2016 Olympics, had gotten out to a better start in the first two rounds and had begun marking Valdez’s face.
Valdez had been badly injured by the fifth round and was being overrun by his opponent.
Valdez hit his stride in the sixth and seventh rounds when his work rate allowed him to close the distance and hammer away with body blows, with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez yelling support from ringside.
In round nine, Conceicao was docked a point for hitting behind the head.
Valdez was cut open in the final three rounds, but he did enough to sway the judges, who scored it 117-110, 115-112, 115-112.
Afterward, Valdez stated: “I’ve had enough this week, man, and it complicates the battle when someone tries to run the entire fight.
“If he wishes to flee? You can’t win a fight while running.
“Let’s do it; we all want the winner of Shakur Stevenson and Jamel Herring.”
On October 24, Herring defends his WBO super-featherweight title against Stevenson.
“If the fighters want the fight, I have no problem putting Oscar in with the winner of Herring and Stevenson,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said.
Luis Alberto Lopez shocked Gabriel Flores Jr by defeating him.
Flores Jr, who had gone undefeated until the ninth round, refused to be pulled out by his father and trainer, and eventually lost a one-sided unanimous decision.
“I was hoping for the battle to be called off,” Lopez stated. “I was staring at the referee or his father. I was staring at him, and he didn’t want to go any farther, but I couldn’t give up.”
Big-punching Omar Aguilar knocked out Carlos Manuel Portillo for the 21st time in 22 matches.
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