Oscar Valdez relished within the afterglow of proving lots of doubters mistaken on Saturday evening, as his KO victory over Miguel Berchelt was as thorough and as spectacular a efficiency as the brand new WBC junior light-weight world titlist may have put collectively.After 10 rounds, most of which had been spent dictating the battle within the path he wished to take it, Valdez additional surprised the boxing world by touchdown a devastating punch flush to Berchelt’s face, which knocked Berchelt out chilly and ended the battle with only one second left within the spherical.Brett Okamoto and Michael Rothstein break down the largest moments of the evening in Las Vegas and challenge what comes subsequent for each fighters, in addition to Top Rank Boxing’s calendar going ahead. Ben Baby reacts to Adrien Broner’s return to the ring for the primary time in almost two years as nicely.After the largest win of his profession, what’s subsequent for Oscar Valdez?Oscar Valdez dictated the tempo and elegance of his battle in opposition to Miguel Berchelt to a level few believed he may. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc. through Getty PhotosRothstein: Valdez fought the proper battle. An completely good battle. From the primary spherical on, every part Valdez did was one step forward of Miguel Berchelt, ending it with a vicious one-punch knockout within the tenth spherical, a left hook proper to the center of Berchelt’s face.How the battle ended encapsulated how Valdez fought all through the evening. He ducked away from a Berchelt punch, rose up and linked to ship Berchelt to the canvas.It was a constant mixture of velocity and touchdown efficient hooks from Valdez all through the evening. The technique surprised Berchelt within the first two rounds, earned Valdez a knockdown within the fourth spherical, a second knockdown within the ninth after which in the end the knockout within the tenth.By then, the one factor that will have stopped Valdez from successful the title was a miracle from Berchelt (37-2-0, 33 KO), who did not appear to have a lot left a spherical or two previous to that second.This win strengthens the profession resume of Valdez (29-0, 23 KO), who now turns into a titleholder in his second division after six defenses of the WBO featherweight world title. Now that he is a titleholder once more, the brand new WBC junior light-weight world titlist has choices.His subsequent potential opponent might need been sitting ringside. The cash battle for Valdez may very nicely be in opposition to Shakur Stevenson, the undefeated rising star that additionally occurs to be part of Top Rank’s steady of fighters. He’s additionally the No. 2-rated fighter within the division by the WBC, so it may make sense from that standpoint as nicely.Congrats champ @oscarvaldez56 I respect what you probably did tonight shocked me.. It’s just one FIGHT to make now!— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) February 21, 2021 Stevenson-Valdez can be an fascinating distinction of kinds and a battle that might put followers within the seats towards the center of the yr. Valdez was open to it after the battle as nicely, even suggesting it in his post-fight interview.It is the battle to make and appears to take advantage of sense within the fast future. The different choice, if Valdez decides he desires to try to begin unifying the division, shall be to observe the Jamel Herring-Carl Frampton battle later this spring and wait on the winner of that.But even with that battle on the market, Stevenson looks as if the smarter technique to go.How did Berchelt lose, and what’s subsequent for him?Oscar Valdez checked on Miguel Berchelt after Valdez knocked Berchelt out within the tenth spherical of their WBC junior light-weight world title battle on Saturday. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc. through Getty PhotosOkamoto: Berchelt did not lose his title as a lot as Valdez took it from him. Let’s make that clear straight away. Valdez regarded masterful from the beginning and Berchelt was surprised and fading by the fourth spherical, when Valdez put him on skates with a left and bought his first knockdown. Valdez might have completed him off proper there had the bell not come. Berchelt showcased lots of coronary heart within the ensuing rounds, and tried to show the tide with nothing greater than sheer strain and energy.It was clear, nonetheless, he did not have a solution, at the very least not on Saturday, for Valdez’s velocity and stance modifications. Berchelt regarded misplaced early on. He by no means regarded comfy in his counter placing, and kind of deserted it after the fourth spherical when he dedicated to a excessive strain strategy. At 29, he is nonetheless one of many prime junior lightweights on this planet, however he’ll sadly need to show that’s nonetheless the case over the subsequent yr or so following a outcome like this. He’ll need to show the devastating nature of this loss does not change his means to take a punch, or his willingness to take a punch.If and when he faces one other fast, technical boxer like Valdez — or Vasiliy Lomachenko, who he might need referred to as out had Saturday gone in a different way — he’ll must show he discovered from this catastrophe. He’ll seemingly want a comeback battle of some kind, an opponent not ranked within the prime 5 of the division. If all goes nicely, a title battle will not be far-off.Perhaps he’ll give some thought to a transfer up in weight as nicely, which additionally would have been a post-fight matter had he gained, however there is no cause to assume 130 kilos nonetheless cannot be a fantastic house for Berchelt. But there shall be inevitable questions he’ll must reply when he comes again.Boxing wants followers once moreOscar Valdez’s knockout of Miguel Berchelt would’ve been much more particular with followers in attendance. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc. through Getty PhotosOkamoto: I used to be ringside for tonight’s battle in Las Vegas. I figured this may be an evening during which followers can be missed — I simply thought it might be on account of a back-and-forth conflict, and never a one-sided masterclass by Valdez. But regardless, the truth is identical. Boxing sorely missed its followers tonight.There was a second earlier than the walkouts, when the ballroom on the MGM went darkish and the home music went off. It was a type of moments that lets everybody within the constructing know, the principle occasion fighters are about to stroll. I’ve skilled that feeling in a packed area tons of of occasions, and I am unable to even actually put into phrases how odd it felt on Saturday. It was so silent, you possibly can hear particular person conversations happening within the room.When the fighters did stroll they usually had been introduced — actually, I feel Top Rank does a few good a job of producing power as you’ll be able to — however it’s simply barely relatable to an precise crowd. And in fact, the battle itself, when Valdez dropped Berchelt within the fourth, and Berchelt was attempting to will his approach right into a victory within the ensuing rounds when he was nonetheless damage, a crowd would have added a lot to that. Hopefully, we’re near that.Top Rank believes Saturday was its remaining evening within the bubble. The promotion intends to maneuver to Florida and/or Oklahoma for its subsequent occasions in April, after which be again in Vegas in May — at a time when, hopefully, followers shall be allowed again in attendance.Gabriel Flores Jr. finds massive KO as rising prospects get rounds on Berchelt-Valdez undercardGabriel Flores Jr., left, turned the warmth up within the sixth spherical and completed Jayson Velez for his first stoppage victory in seven fights. Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc. through Getty PhotosRothstein: Gabriel Flores Jr. regarded lower than sharp. Jayson Velez was touchdown some punches and placing collectively some mixtures. But then, within the sixth spherical, the 20-year-old Flores confirmed why he is thought of a rising prospect within the junior light-weight division.2 RelatedA proper to Velez’s head despatched him down as soon as. A flurry of punches ended the battle moments later, locking in an vital win for the Stockton, Calif. native. It was a giant showcase within the co-main occasion, catching followers who tuned in somewhat early for that title battle.That Flores was in a position to put collectively a knockout — his first since a third-round KO of Eduardo Pereira Dos Reis on May 4, 2019 — was an added bonus, because it was solely his second knockout in his previous 14 fights. It off confirmed a few of Flores’ mixture velocity and energy. After the battle, Flores mentioned he “despatched an announcement that I’m prepared for a world title.”That feels somewhat bit quickly for him, contemplating the power of the division. Beyond Berchelt and Valdez, there’s additionally Shakur Stevenson, Leo Santa Cruz, Joseph Diaz Jr., Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov, Jamel Herring and extra within the division, too.But it was a formidable exhibiting that ought to give him an actual probability at a high-level opponent subsequent. If Flores wins that battle, then perhaps there’s a title shot in his close to future, particularly because the IBF belt is at the moment vacant.The different two prospects on the undercard — junior welterweight Elvis Rodriguez (11-0-1, 10 KO) and welterweight Xander Zayas (7-0, 5 KO) — bought rounds in, which was key for each of their developments with Rodriguez at 12 professional fights and Zayas at seven professional fights and lots of brief nights so far of their careers.For Rodriguez particularly, it is the primary time he went the gap in a battle and this battle ought to give him a superb quantity of tape to work with as he works on bettering some key components within the ring. Rodriguez admitted as a lot after the battle in opposition to a reasonably sport Luis Alberto Veron (18-3-2, 9 KO), saying he must return to the health club and work on letting his palms go extra.These sorts of studying experiences may be helpful a yr or two down the street, when the stakes get greater.What did Saturday’s battle in opposition to Jovanie Santiago inform us concerning the present state of Adrien Broner?Adrien Broner, proper, scored a unanimous choice victory over Jovanie Santiago, left. Amanda Westcott/ShowtimeBaby: Saturday evening was Adrien Broner in a nutshell. He confirmed flashes within the ring in opposition to Jovanie Santiago in a unanimous, but controversial choice. Broner landed 100 fewer punches than Santiago and as soon as once more regarded sluggish within the ring. And maybe his most entertaining moments of the evening got here within the post-fight interview, when Broner’s boisterous persona was clearly not rusty regardless of the dearth of motion.In different phrases, it was peak Broner. And at this level, that is not sufficient to problem anybody elite at 140 kilos, the place he desires to battle, and 147 kilos, the place he truly fights.Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to remain updated with all of our newest boxing information.
Broner’s greatest moments got here within the center rounds, together with one within the eighth spherical when a Broner hook prompted Santiago to do the splits and he got here inches away from touching the canvas.But Santiago rallied in Round 12, and made the battle shut, on the very least. Even although there ought to have been a big gulf between the 2 males, that wasn’t obvious on Saturday. And sure, Broner is coming off a protracted layoff, however when he missed weight by six kilos and the bout was modified to the welterweight restrict towards the top of battle week, his dedication to being in combating form is tough to imagine.With his win (that includes some very questionable scorecards, together with an inexplicable 117-110 from Peter Hary), Broner seemingly secured at the very least one other sizable payday. At this level in his profession, that is most likely the perfect he can ask for.