By Allan Fox: WBC tremendous featherweight champion Oscar Valdez had one of many hardest fights within the final three years in defeating fringe contender Robson Conceicao by a 12 spherical unanimous resolution final Saturday night time in Tucson, Arizona.
After the battle, Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) made it clear that he needs the winner of the October twenty third bout between WBO 130-lb champ Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson.
“All of us need the winner of Shakur Stevenson and Jamel Herring. Let’s do it,” mentioned Valdez after the battle.
You may perceive why Valdez would need to battle Stevenson or Herring, however that may be silly on his half. Let’s face it, Conceicao gave Valdez a shellacking final Friday night time, and he wants time to recuperate from that beating.
For Valdez to even battle the loser of the Herring vs. Shakur battle can be a mistake as a result of I don’t suppose he would win until he bought the identical kind of judging we noticed final Friday night time.
Valdez NOT prepared for Herring-Stevenson winner
It could be sensible for Valdez to take one other battle or two earlier than dealing with the Herring vs. Stevenson winner as a result of it wouldn’t be a good suggestion for him to battle both of these guys off the again of his efficiency towards Conceicao.
Provided that boxing followers have discredited Valdez utterly for his win over Miguel Berchelt final February resulting from his current optimistic take a look at for the banned substance phentermine, it could be sensible to offer him a rematch.
If Valdez agrees to be examined all through coaching camp for the Berchelt battle, he can present followers what he can do towards the previous WBC champion in a second battle.
For Valdez’s sake, he’s going to want to battle significantly better towards the winner of that battle than he did final night time towards Conceicao (16-1, 8 KOs) as a result of he gained’t beat these fighters. However then once more, Valdez may win if he will get the identical kind of judging that we noticed towards Conceicao.
Valdez gained’t win too many followers if he’s outworked by Stevenson or Herring the best way that he was towards Conceicao, contemplating he didn’t seem to have carried out sufficient to earn the victory.
Regardless of being outworked and BADLY marked up, the judges gave Valdez the ‘W’ towards Conceicao by the scores: 117-110, 115-112, and 115-112.
The decide who gave it to Valdez by a 117-110 rating gave zero credit score for something that Conceicao did within the battle, which is troubling.
It’s one factor to be a bit of off in your scoring, nevertheless it isn’t very reassuring when a decide is that far off. Really, that rating made Valdez look unhealthy as a result of it seemed to followers that the decide had made his thoughts up BEFORE the battle.
Conceicao: I gained the battle
“That is boxing. I can not go along with his recreation. I performed my recreation. Have a look at his face and have a look at my face. I’ve nothing on my face. Oscar’s is all fu—- up. I gained this battle,” mentioned Conceicao after the battle.
Conceicao bought the higher of the motion within the first half of the competition, combating properly sufficient behind his highly effective jab to win the primary 5 rounds.
There actually wasn’t any of the primary 5 rounds that you possibly can give Valdez until you don’t depend jabs, which was clearly the case of the judges.
Conceicao was touchdown jabs and highly effective proper fingers and left hooks to the pinnacle of Valdez within the first half of the battle.
It was so one-sided throughout that a part of the battle that it seemed like it could be a shutout for the Brazilian fighter.