LAS VEGAS-Many expect that Saturday’s WBC Junior Lightweight Championship between Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez will be a back and forth battle between the two Mexican warriors. Facts have proved that violence is mainly one-way traffic.
Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs), who participated in the Olympics twice, had a poor performance against Bechert (38-2, 34 KOs) at the MGM Grand Hotel. He played in the last second of the game. The left hook eliminated Bechert in the tenth round.
Valdez took part in the competition as a 240 underdog. He won the WBC championship of Berchelt and won the biggest victory of his career.
The stunning Superman shooting may obscure the fact that the much smaller Valdez dominated the battle. He knocked out the knockout rounds in both the fourth and tenth rounds, and at the end of the game had a clear lead on the scorecards of all three referees.
The judge has Valdez, who was born in Mexico but grew up in Arizona and scored 89-80, 88-81 and 87-82.
Berchelt’s only professional error in 2014 was caused by TKO. He remained on the canvas for a few minutes, but was able to sit up with assistance.
The left hook and jab are Valdez’s weapons of choice because he played a very skilled and vicious matador against Berchelt’s bullish aggression. At the start, he made Berchelt depressed, he surprised him by stabs in and out, then hooked the top with a left hook. Bechert seemed to want to contend with his signature power, but he was never satisfied with Valdez’s skill and speed.
In the third round, Bechert chased Valdez more or less on the ring. At the end of the third round, Burchelt chased him and shot forward.
Although this is not a strategy proposed by Berchelt, he does have a life of his own. He scored with a powerful shot to Valdez’s body, and it seems that he may be turning around for the seventh time because Valdez repeatedly restrained him to slow down his pace.
But for the eighth time, Valdez returned to his effective stabbing job and he made Bechert miss on the rope.
The tenth round was great for Valdez because he opened up the combination and asked the referee to watch Burchelt carefully. The walk-away left hook proved to be the right end.
According to CompuBox’s statistics, Valdez’s punches exceeded Burchelt’s 149-99, and his punches exceeded 103-64.
This victory was the third consecutive time that Valdez played with a score of 130 pounds. This may be the “bubble” that Valdez and the top-ranked Shock Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs) participated in. During the competition, a lightweight championship was established and expressed interest in Valdez. Todd DuBoef, the top-ranked president, said he would like to start a fight between these two undefeated junior lightweight players.