‘KO of the year’ floors champ, rocks boxing

‘KO of the year’ floors champ, rocks boxing

Oscar Valdez has claimed the WBC super featherweight title with a contender for knockout of the year after his opponent Miguel Berchelt was left helpless on the canvas.

Valdez, who previously held the WBO featherweight belt from 2016 to 2019, improved his overall record to 29-0 (23 KOs), with his win at the MGM Grand Conference Center.

The 30-year-old entered the bout as the underdog but quickly emerged as the better of the two, who scored an early knockdown in the fourth round before finishing Berchelt with a nasty left hook at the end of the 10th round.

The three judges scored the fight well and truly in his favour: 89-80, 88-81, 87-82.

Berchelt now relinquishes the super featherweight title, one which he had owned since 2017 when he knocked out Francisco Vargas.

Oscar Valdez knocks-down Miguel Berchelt during their fight for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 (Getty)

“There’s nothing better in life than proving people wrong,” Valdez said after the fight.

“I have a list of people who doubted me. My idols doubted me. Boxing analysts doubted me. They said Berchelt was going to knock me out.

“I have a message to everybody: Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do.”

Valdez’ big knockout sent shockwaves through the boxing world, with fighters and pundits stunned by the underdog’s big win.

Today’s win for the Mexican fighter could set up a bout with WBO champion Shakur Stevenson.

Stevenson sat ringside and admitted: “That’s the only fight to make now”.

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