Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, one of the greatest amateurs of all time in Mexico, was dynamic in his biggest win as a professional fighter on Top Rank’s Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
In the main event, world-rated Valdez fired off hard, sharp punches in what he called his “biggest win of my career” in a TKO 5 victory over rugged Chris Avalos of Lancaster, California.
“Everything I did in the gym preparing came out during this fight. We had the perfect game plan. He was rough in there,” said Valdez.
Oscar Valdez raised his ring record to 18-0, 15 KOs. Avalos is now 26-4, 19 KOs.
In the opening televised bout the popular super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart of Philadelphia said he “kept my composure” during a difficult TKO 9 stoppage of Aaron Pryor Jr. of Cincinnati. Jesse, the son of legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, said he used “hard shots to the body” to break down and stop Pryor Jr.
Hart is now 18-0. He retained his National American Boxing Association and United States Boxing Association titles. Pryor Jr., the son of the famous champion Aaron Pryor, is now 19-9-1, 12 KOs.
There were seven bouts on the card. Many star fighters were at ringside during the match, including Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year and ESPY Nominated Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, Ruslan Provodnikov and Jessie “The Pride of Las Vegas” Vargas. The truTV announce team included Hall of Fame Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley.
Upcoming events at The Chelsea include Neil Young + Promise of the Real with special guest Jenny Lewis (Oct. 11) and Sam Hunt with special guest Carter Winter (Dec. 4).
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About Oscar Valdez
Oscar Valdez is a Mexican professional boxer who qualified for the 2008 Olympics at the age of 17 and became the first Mexican Youth World Champion. Four years later he qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. – Wikipedia