Oscar Valdez wasn’t expected to face much resistance tonight against Hiroshige Osawa, and he didn’t, as the former Mexican Olympian smashed Osawa and stopped the game but woefully outclassed Japanese fighter at 1:50 of the seventh round.
Prior to the stoppage, BLH had given every round of the fight to Valdez, who scored a knockdown in the fourth round, too.
Valdez (21-0, 19 KO) will likely face stiffer competition in 2017, as he looks ready for that after thrashing the likes of Osawa, Matias Rueda, and Evgeny Gradovich in his last three outings. This wasn’t a real test for him, nor was it expected to be, but there has thus far been no rush to work him into the elite level. Sooner than later, though, that has to be coming.
This was the first defense of the WBO featherweight title for Valdez. Osawa falls to 30-4-4 (19 KO) with the loss.