At the Bubble, Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday, over ESPN and ESPN+, Top Rank Boxing – Bob Arum, in the Main Event featured WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt defending against WBO World Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez was knocked out in the tenth round.
In the Main Event WBC World Super Featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, 37-2 (33), #130, of Yucatan, MEX, was knocked out by WBO Feather World champion Oscar Valdez, 29-0 (23), #130, of Nogales, MEX, CA, at 2:59 of the tenth round for the WBC World Super Featherweight title, 12 rounds.
In the first round Valdez drew blood from the nose of Berchelt. In the fourth Valdez landed a solid left hook driving Berchelt into the ropes causing a knockdown by referee Russell Mora. In the fifth and sixth rounds Berchelt came back well enough to take both rounds. In the seventh round Berchelt had a big round until the final seconds when Valdez landed a combination to the head.
In the eighth round Valdez moving backwards countered very well landing an overhand right on the head of Berchelt to take the round. In the ninth round from southpaw Valdez landed a right and left on the chin and down went Berchelt for an 8-count. In the tenth round Berchelt missed a pair of punches and Valdez countered with a left hook on the chin and Berchelt went down face first out! It took about five minutes to revive him.
No one said I had a chance. Don’t anyone tell you that you can’t do something. I stayed smart and was disciplined with the pandemic going on out there. My team was part of it. My father, my family and a list of people I want to thank. It is not a one man sport. I wondered how I can get to beat him. I wanted to fight him while I was in my prime. There were times in the fight I wanted to stay in there and battle it out. I want to take this belt back home. Any champions out there that want to fight I’m here,” said Valdez.
Super Featherweight Gabriel Flores, Jr., 20-0 (7), #132, of Stockton, CA, stopped Jason “La Maravilla” Velez, 29-8-1 (21), #132, of Juncos, PR, at 1:47 of the sixth round of a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first four rounds Flores dominated. In the fifth round a right from Flores on the temple of Velez and it was a delayed knockdown. Upon rising from an 8-count Velez was rushed by Flores who landed a left hook on the chin and down he went again causing the referee Tony Weeks to call a halt.
Middleweight southpaw Esquiva Falcao, 28-0 (20), #162, of Vitoria, Espirito Santo, BRZ, stopped Artur “Wolverine” Akavov, 20-4 (9), #161.5, of Novocherkassk, Russia, at the end of 4 rounds due to nose injury, in a scheduled 10 rounds.
In the first four rounds it was all Falcao. Suddenly the corner of Akavov stopped the fight. Seems the fighter said his nose is broken. Referee was Mike Ortega.
Super Lightweight southpaw Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez, 11-0-1 (10), #143, of Santo Domingo, DR, defeated Luis “Lucho” Alberto Veron, 18-3-2 (9), #142, of Buenos Aires, ARG, over 8 rounds.
In the first four rounds Rodriguez had a tough opponent but was ahead. In the seventh round the left eye of Veron’s is almost closed. Veron managed to go the distance to become the first opponent of Rodriguez to do so in his first 8 rounder, His TD draw ended in the first round.
Scores were 78-74 and 79-73 twice as this writer had it.
Welterweight 18 year-old Xander Zayas, 7-0 (5), #146, of PR and Sunrise, FL, defeated James Martin, 6-1 (1), #146, of Philadelphia, PA, over 6 rounds. All scores 60-54.
Welterweight Omar Rosario, 3-0 (1), #140, of Caguas, PR, knocked out Uriel Villanueva, 1-1 (0), #141, of Santa Ana, CA, at 2:38 of the second round of a scheduled 4 rounds.
Middle southpaw Javier Martinez, 3-0 (1), #161, Milwaukee, WI, stopped Billy Wagner, 3-2 (1), #160, of Great Falls, Montana, at 1:51 of the first of a schedule 4 rounds.
In the first round Martinez landed four punches to the head having Wagner out on his feet when the referee called a halt.