- Oscar Valdez TKO-10 Jayson Velez (2:23)
- Edgar Berlanga KO-1 Eric Moon (1:02)
- Kim Clavel UD-8 Natalie Gonzalez (80-72, 80-72, 80-72)
- Elvis Rodriguez TKO-2 Dennis Okoth (2:33)
- Isaac Dogboe TKO-8 Chris Avalos (2:25)
Round By Round
Oscar Valdez vs Jayson Velez
Round 1: Valdez misses on a jab. Velez tries a one-two that falls short. Jab makes a little contact for Valdez. Double jab comes from Velez but misses. Jab gets in for Valdez but he misses on the follow up right hand over the top. Right hand lands to the body for Velez. Lead left hook from Valdez gets blocked. Right hand scores to the body for Velez again. Right and left hand makes contact for Valdez upstairs. Valdez lands a clean jab upstairs. Another jab from Valdez makes contact. Valdez 10-9.
Round 2: Jab to the head and body comes from Valdez, then a hook for good measure. Right hand from Velez makes a little contact to the body. Jab scores for Valdez upstairs. One-two comes from Velez as Valdez defends. Valdez misses on a left hook at the end of a three pujnch combination. Velez comes forward behind a few pujnches that don’t land clean. Valdez scores on a counter. Right hand gets in for Valdez to the head. Now Valdez lands a clean jab upstairs, followed by a left hook a short time later. Now Valdez throws a right to the body. Valdez 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Valdez leads with a left hook that gets blocked. Double jav comes from Valdez but Velez defends it pretty well. Right hook to the body lands for Valdez. Right hook from Valdez clips Velez upstairs. Clean jab lands for Valdez who then ends up in a clinch with Velez. Valdez misses on two big hooks aimed at the head. Three punches come from Valdez that makes partial contact. Right hand lands pretty well for Valdez. Valdez 10-9.
Round 4: Velez charges forward behind a few shots but none of them land too well. Valdez throws a few hard shots that don’t land that well either. Right hand from Velez lands to the body. Jab lands upstairs for Valdez. Now Valdez lands a clean left hook to the chin. Velez misses on a left hook upstairs. Velez tries to go back to the body but gets smothered. Valdez is laying back and then lands another right hand on Velez, who continues to press forward. Valdez 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Right hand lands upstairs for Valdez who follows it up with a few more power shots. Velez takes the punches and continues to come forward. Right hand lead from Velez falls short. Now Velez lands a right hand to the body. Jab from Velez misses the mark but he steps over and resets before trying another jab. Right hand makes contact to the body for Velez. Right hand from Velez might’ve strayed a little low that time. Valdez looks like he has a small cut around his right eye now. CLEAN HOOK FROM VALDEZ PUTS VELEZ DOWN! Velez gets up at the count of 8 and the round is basically over. Valdez 10-8.
Round 6: Left hook from Valdez misses. Velez stands in and starts trading with Valdez. Right hand from Valdez lands upstairs. Both fighters trade jabs at center ring. Right to the body lands for Velez, then a left. Left hook misses upstairs for Velez. Now Velez comes forward with a left to the body with Valdez along the ropes. Velez lands a couple of short body shots on the inside during a clinch. Right hand lead falls a little short for Velez. Valdez complains of a low blow from Velez. Velez 10-9, 54-59.
Round 7: Velez starts with several jabs that don’t quite find the range. Valdez comes back with some of his own punches that fare a little better. Jab lands for Velez. Valdez comes back with a one-two. Two body shots make contact for Velez, thne a right hand moments later. Velez presses Valdez along the ropes and gets in a right hand upstairs. Valdez eats a right uppercut from Velez. Short flurry comes from Velez to the body. Check hook lands for Valdez. Velez 10-9.
Round 8: Right hand over the top makes glancing contact for Velez. Right hook from Valdez doesn’t land clean. Velez targets the body with a straight right. Velez presses forward and falls short on a straight right hand. Valdez tries to time a big left hook off the ropes. Right hand sneaks in for Velez. Valdez gets in a right uppercut as Velez lands his own shot. Valdez throws a combination off the ropes. I think Velez put together a little run utilizing his pressure here. Velez 10-9, 74-77.
Round 9: Valdez lands a jab. Left to the body lands for Velez. Shot from Velez lands low and the referee takes a point away from Velez. Right hand from Valdez makes contact to the head. Velez lands a right hook to the body. Left hook lands clean for Valdez upstairs. Velez charges forward Valdez throws two jabs to meet him. Right hook lands for Valdez up close. Straight right lands for Valdez again. Right hand lands for Valdez. Valdez tries to time a solid left hook counter but makes glancing contact. Valdez 10-8 with the point deduction.
Round 10: Velez gets countered on a jab. Velez tries an uppercut from a ridiculous range and predictably misses. Several jabs comes from Valdez, then a good left hook. Valdez’s face looks more distressed than Velez at this point. Two punches land for Valdez, then another that staggers Velez! Velez stands his ground as Valdez thinks about jumping on him but Velez is fight back but eats another left hook that puts him down. Velez is up at the count of eight. Right hook from Valdez puts Velez down again and the referee waves it off. Valdez TKO-10.
Edgar Berlanga vs Eric Moon
Round 1: Moon comes out with a comvination to start the fight and Berlanga fires back and gets Moon moving backwards. Right hook from Berlanga glances off Moon’s guard. Hard shot lands for Berlanga with Moon along the ropes. Two body shots and an OVERHAND RIGHT PUTS MOON DOWN HARD! MOON IS ROLLING ON THE CANVAS! Berlanga KO-1.
The Top Rank Boxing on ESPN Summer Series from The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America, has been running at least twice a week since June 9, but tonight at 8 pm ET we close out the first stretch of fights from the show, with Oscar Valdez facing Jayson Velez in the junior lightweight main event.
Top Rank won’t have new cards for at least a few weeks, it would seem, as everyone involved gets to take a bit of a break from a rapid-fire schedule that came with a lot of headaches and frustration for all involved, but some good fights, too.
Wil Esco will be on the round by round call for tonight’s main event and co-feature.
Valdez, 29, is a former featherweight titleholder who came up to 130 pounds last year to chase Miguel Berchelt’s WBC belt, and this is expected — or at least hoped — to be the last step on that chase. Berchelt won a stay-busy in June in Mexico City, and while Valdez is taking a much tougher matchup against the 32-year-old Velez, he is still expected to win, and all four of our staffers have him doing so.
The co-feature will see super middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga, 23, look to make it 14 straight first round knockout wins to start his career, as he faces Eric Moon, a 29-year-old club fighter from the south. Former 122-pound titleholder Isaac Dogboe is also back in action, as he returns as a featherweight to face battle-worn Chris Avalos in an eight-round bout, and we’ll also see junior welterweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez, plus ESPN human interest favorite Kim Clavel.
Full Card (ESPN, 8:00 pm ET)
- Oscar Valdez (27-0, 21 KO) vs Jayson Velez (29-6-1, 21 KO), junior lightweights, 10 rounds
- Edgar Berlanga (13-0, 13 KO) vs Eric Moon (11-2, 6 KO), super middleweights, 8 rounds
- Kim Clavel (11-0, 2 KO) vs Natalie Gonzalez (6-0, 1 KO), junior flyweights, 8 rounds
- Elvis Rodriguez (7-0-1, 7 KO) vs Dennis Okoth (4-3-1, 2 KO), junior welterweights, 6 rounds
- Isaac Dogboe (20-2, 14 KO) vs Chris Avalos (27-7, 20 KO), featherweights, 8 rounds