Oscar Valdez vs. Robson Conceicao – live results
By Huck Allen: As expected, Oscar Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) held onto his WBC super featherweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over #15 WBC challenger Robson Conceicao (16-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Casa Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona.
The scores were 117-110, 115-112, and 115-112. Boxing News 24 had Conceicao edging it 116-112. It was a good fighter aside from the scoring and point deduction of Conceicao for rabbit punching in the eighth round.
He didn’t receive a warning before the referee deducted a point. Interestingly, Valdez threw a rabbit punch that was even more blatant in the 10th round, and he wasn’t penalized or warned. Oh well, that’s one of the benefits of being the A-side, I guess.
Boxing News 24 will be giving live updates on the action tonight below:
- In a huge upset, super featherweight Luis Alberto Lopez Vargas (23-2, 10 KO) defeated highly hyped previously unbeaten Gabriel Flores Jr. (20-1, 7 KOs) by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision. The scores were 98-92, 100-90, and 100-90. Boxing News 24 scored the fight 100-90. Flores’s corner threw in the towel in the final seconds of the fight, but the referee failed to see it. Flores, 21, was never competitive for an instant in the fight, as he was outboxed and dominated by the 28-year-old Lopez. The way that Flores Jr. was beaten tonight, it’s hard for him to come back from this. In the post-fight interview, Flores Jr. was slurring his words, sounding really hurt. Hopefully, they can get Flores Jr. to a hospital so that he can get checked out to make sure he’s okay because he didn’t sound well. Flores took way too much punishment in a fight that was never remotely competitive. I mean, if Flores Jr. was a huge puncher instead of being a feather-fist, I could understand letting the fight go the distance, but he’s not a puncher. He had no chance of winning when he fell behind and needed a knockout.
- WBO flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (22-0, 17 KOs) made easy work of Angel Acosta (22-3, 21 KOs) in stopping him in the fourth round to retain his title. Acosta suffered a bloody nose in round two, and it continued to be a problem for him. In the fourth, Acosta’s corner decided to pull the plug on the fight. His nose was in bad shape, and he had too many rounds to go for him to deal with the problem.
- Junior middleweight prospect Xander Zayas (10-0, 7 KOs) labored to a tougher than expected six round unanimous decision over Jose Luis Sanchez (11-2-1, 4 KOs). The scores were 60-54, 60-53, and 60-53. Boxing News 24 scored it 60-53. Zayas had Sanchez hurt in the third, but was unable to finish him despite unloading everything but the kitchen sink on him.
- Unbeaten light welterweight prospect Lindolfo Delgado (13-0, 12 KOs) blew out Miguel Zamudio (45-17-1, 28 KOs) by a second round knockout. Delgado dropped the journeyman Zamudio three times before the contest was halted at 0:50 of the second round.
- Light welterweight Juan Rene Tellez (16-1, 10 KOs) stopped Eduardo Garza (15-5-1, 8 KOs) by a seventh round knockout in an eight round bout.
- Unbeaten Omar Alejandro Aguilar (22-0, 21 KOs) kept his perfect record inactive with a second round demolition job of Carlos Manuel Portillo (22-4, 17 KOs) in light welterweight action. Aguilar dropped Portillo three times in the contest with one coming in the first and two more in the second. The contest was halted after the second knockdown in round two. The time of the stoppage was at 0:55 of round two.
“The WBC is saying it’s okay and is letting the fight go on. Well, then why did you ban it then?” said Atlas on The Fight with Teddy Atlas about Valdez testing positive for the banned substance Phentermine.
“Why do you have these rules? If you’re not going to uphold these rules and suspend him? Does it depend on who’s caught and doing it? ‘
“Eddy Reynoso, he’s had how many fighters in his camp [that have tested positive for banned substances]. I got three of them. You’ve got Canelo, you’ve got Valdez and then you go back and you got Julio Cesar Martinez.
“I want to get into the excuse in how they get around this. The WBC says they only ban the drug [phentermine] in competition, and the in-competition period only begins on fight day. Wow!
“You can use a banned substance to get ready for a fight as long as you don’t use it the day of the fight. Well, that makes a lot of sense.
“So let’s just say it gives you an advantage in making weight. So it helps you make weight, which is not legal.
“So you have an advantage, something that helps you make weight where you don’t have to struggle like the other guy might have to. Why would you use it after that anyway?
“You used it for the job that it was going to help you with. So you used it during camp, and you used it during the most important week leading up to the fight where you got to crunch weight, where you got to lose weight,” said Atlas.
Teddy wants the sport to be clean
“All these regulators of the sport are just a joke,” Atlas continued. “Their motto is to come fight for the WBC, which stands for ‘We Be Collecting.’
“Are banks are always open. Canelo tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in 2018. In 2018, he had to postpone the rematch with Golovkin.
“In 2019, Julio Cesar Martinez, also part of Reynoso’s gym, tested positive for the same drug that Canelo did, Clenbuterol. So now, of course, we have Valdez. That’s three.
“I’ve heard people say there’s more. I think three is kind of a lot. Caleb Plant, the IBF super middleweight champion, went on a rant after hearing about Valdez not being held accountable and not being suspended.
“He’s not wrong. A lot of fighters feel the same way, but they won’t say it publically. I got to give them credit.
“This sport is already dangerous enough without putting stuff in your body to make it even more dangerous. He has to go and fight Canelo if that fight stays on.
“He’s got the right to make sure that he’s clean,” Atlas said about Plant having the right to make sure Canelo is clean. He has the right to be concerned and speaking up.
“A lot of people like trainers are afraid to speak up. They’re afraid to get on the wrong side of somebody. They’re afraid to get on that blacklist,” said Atlas.
WBC super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez will be making his highly publicized first title defense of his belt tonight against his former conqueror from the amateur days Robson Conceicao in the headliner at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona.
Valdez, 30, has been getting dumped on all week for his positive test for phentermine, but the fight is still going ahead after the WBC and the local Commission agreed that it wasn’t a big deal. A lot of boxing fans disagree, but they have no say so.
- Ring Magazine removes Oscar Valdez from 130-lb rankings due to phentermine positive test
- Robson Conceicao files complaint with WBC over controversial loss to Oscar Valdez
- WBC should order Oscar Valdez vs. Robson Conceicao rematch
- Oscar Valdez vs. Robson Conceicao: Judge statement on his scoring