Oscar Valdez did all he had to retain his WBC Featherweight World title defeating Robson Conceicao with a unanimous decision on Friday.
Valdez was slow at the beginning but was eventually able to cancel out Conceicao on the scorecards to win a unanimous decision with scores Judges Stephen Blea (117-110), Omar Mintun (115-112) and Chris Tellez (115-112).
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Conceicao (16-1, 8 KOs), an Olympic Gold Medalist took a huge step in competition against Valdez, who was coming off a stunning upset victory over former world Miguel Berchelt to win the WBC featherweight title earlier this year with a sensational knockout that stands the biggest win of his pro career.
Valdez had to fight through a build up controversy after failing a pre-fight drug test to win his first title defence.
“[The win] makes it better,” Valdez told ESPN’s Mark Kriegel during his post-fight interview. “I’ve been through a hard week. … We won the fight. We did what we had to do. And we move on to the next chapter.”
Valdez clearly wasn’t happy with Conceicao and aired out his grievances in his post fight interview as the latter did so many absurd things in the build up and refused to engage him during the fight.
“It makes it complicated when somebody’s trying to run the whole fight,” Valdez said. “I mean, I’m trying to put a good show to my fans. I’m trying to give the fans what they want, which is a good fight. But, you know, if he wants to run, you know, you can’t win a fight running like that.”
The formerly unbeaten Olympic Gold Medalist did well in the early rounds of the fight but gradually faded in the latter rounds . However he was still convinced he should be a world champion in his post fight interview.
“In my mind, I won the fight,” Conceicao said, according to his translator. “The whole world was witness of my win. I won this fight here. If he wanna fight me on his farm, with his animals watching the fight, I will beat him again. In my mind, I won the fight.”
According to statistics released buly Compubox, Conceicao was credited with landing 58 punches than Valdez – 141-of-576 to 83-of-390 – he was also able to connect more power punches 103-of-297 to 64-of-209) and jabs -38-of-279 to 19-of-181.
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