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Berchelt vs Valdez: Live streaming results, round by round, how to watch online, start time, full card

Miguel Berchelt and Oscar Valdez square off in a highly-anticipated world title main event on ESPN and ESPN+.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.


Round by Round

Miguel Berchelt vs Oscar Valdez

Round 1: Here we go! Valdez misses a wild right hand from too far. Berchelt staying at distance, seeing what Valdez wants to do. Berchelt can be a “slow starter.” Berchelt poking the jab out. Valdez trying to jab in, not getting the range he wants. Valdez throws a looping up, blocked with the glove. Andre Ward worried about Valdez wasting energy. Tim Bradley thinks he’s fighting with emotion. Berchelt the far more relaxed guy in the first round. Neither doing a lot offensively, honestly, at least nothing particularly effective. Edge Valdez on activity. Valdez 10-9

Round 2: Berchelt still mostly just poking the jab out. Valdez trying to time a combination, but Berchelt muscles him out of the way. Berchelt a clearly bigger man here. He was about 146 on unofficial weigh-in earlier, Valdez about 140. And Berchelt definitely just a taller, longer guy. Good little jab from Valdez. Another one. That one bloodied Berchelt’s nose. Valdez now gaining some confidence in that jab. Berchelt poking still from range, not really letting power shots go at all. This is a cautious but so far rather effective start from Valdez, but the heat will turn up sooner than later. Valdez 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: Osuna says Berchelt’s corner are clearly aware Valdez has some good speed on his jab. I’d hope so, on account of his nose. Berchelt lunges, Valdez ties him up, tries to throw with it. Valdez with another good jab down the pipe. Berchelt trying to turn it up, Valdez moving away, staying pretty patient. Left hook from Valdez as they throw at the same time. Berchelt tries to trap Valdez in the corner, Valdez slips under and makes Berchelt look slow, escapes easily. Left hook thrown again by Valdez. Right hand from Berchelt gets in, but thrown a bit far. Berchelt does look a little sluggish compared to Valdez, a little ponderous. Valdez is fighting extremely effectively right now. Valdez 10-9, 30-27

Round 4: Ward also has 3-0 Valdez right now. Left hook from Valdez still there, and more than that he’s staying away from Berchelt. But he’s marking up just a bit from little Berchelt pot shots. Berchelt isn’t doing NOTHING, he’s just having a hard time. Berchelt winging on a separation after they tie up. Berchelt starting to rush him more now. GOOD SHOT FROM VALDEZ HURTS BERCHELT! That was the hook! Berchelt is hurt! Valdez rushing him! Berchelt trying to hang on, AND HERE WE GO! UPPERCUT AND BERCHELT STAGGERS! LEFT HOOK! Valdes headhunting and going for the finish! Berchelt hanging on! Berchelt throwing both hands desperately! Berchelt turning it around and ties it up! Left hook from Valdez again, and another. HURT AGAIN! Berchelt’s legs are going! He’s staying up and hanging on! MASSIVE SHOTS FROM VALDEZ AND BERCHELT IS RULED DOWN HELD UP BY THE ROPES! Berchelt’s legs are GONE!! Absolutely GONE! He BARELY escapes the round! Valdez 10-8, 40-35

Round 5: Another left hook shakes Berchelt again! He’s fighting on instinct. Another hook. Valdez winging here. He’s got a full round and Berchelt is a mess. Russell Mora tells Berchelt he has to show something. Slow right from Berchelt, nothing on it. Left hook after a right to the body from Valdez. Left hook to the body from Valdez. He’s having the absolute fight of his life. Berchelt trying to jab in. Valdez right there and waiting. RIGHT HAND VALDEZ! Berchelt still up somehow. Shots from Berchelt, but they’re coming in slow. There’s no real heat there. Valdez is not fighting dumb here. He’s waiting for the opening. Not pressing, not forcing. Berchelt trying to fire in the corner, Valdez ties him up. Valdez 10-9, 50-44

Round 6: Berchelt with some notable body shots, pushing Valdez back a bit. Berchelt may have some confidence brewing and we might be headed for drama. Yeah, Berchelt’s coming forward now. Left hook from Valdez, Berchelt took it OK. Awkward little rush from Berchelt, Valdez shuts it down quick. Berchelt really trying to press this, Valdez throws and slips and lands a good right in there. Berchelt trying to cut off the ring, he’s had a horrible time with that. Valdez with a rabbit punch and he’s warned hard for that. As he should be, and anyone else. Valdez back to the hook. Berchelt letting the hands fly, and he’s got Valdez backing hup again. Valdez is backing up OK, but he is being pressed now. Valdez ties him up. Think Berchelt nicked this round. Berchelt 10-9, Valdez 59-54

Round 7: Berchelt REALLY trying to rush Valdez now, take Valdez out of his rhythm. Literally running around the ring after him. Berchelt will not stop coming forward, he’s full-on chasing. Ward has the same exact score I have, for what it’s worth. Berchelt to the body, that’s been where he’s found the most success in the fight, the thing Valdez feels. And Valdez is spending a lot of energy playing stay-away. Valdez starting to tire visibly in the last two rounds. Not that it’s the end of the line for him, but Berchelt has a shot to claw back now. Winning a round is winning a round. Big right from Berchelt! He’s warming to it, and the fight is opening up. BIG SHOTS FROM VALDEZ! Trying to steal the round late. Berchelt tiring, too, mind you. Another shot from Valdez. Valdez may have stolen that, but I’m still nodding to Berchelt. Berchelt 10-9, Valdez 68-64

Round 8: We’re at a point this could get crazy. Valdez coming out swinging the power shots. He wants to stem the tide. Back to jabbing and moving after that. Berchelt still trying to swarm, still trying to cut Valdez off, but this is Valdez’s better approach, working behind the jab that keeps Berchelt off-balance. Left hooks from Valdez. Then moving and making Berchelt chase again, not with the aggression from the last round. Good combo from Valdez, he’s clipping away, moving and firing. Right hand from Berchelt, partially blocked, and not a lot on it anyway. Valdez goes southpaw a little bit, he’s done it here and there tonight. Hasn’t hurt him. This is the sort of round Valdez needed, but it’s still a lot of energy, these guys are both vulnerable, but Berchelt seemingly more so. Maybe. He’s got some Terminator energy, too. Valdez 10-9, 78-73

Round 9: Valdez establishing the hook again quickly, then moves away and looks to jab some more. Ward still has the same score I have. That’s how I know it’s probably a relatively easy fight to score. Clear rounds. Valdez boxing, landing, moving, not letting Berchelt get to him. Berchelt buzzed on a left hand, but back with a right. Another big shot from Valdez. Uppercut, another shot in, DOWN GOES BERCHELT! Berchelt might be done. He’s up, but here comes Valdez! Right hands, lefts, not forcing it, he’s been good with that all night. Big, big round for Valdez. Valdez 10-8, 88-81

Round 10: Referee Russell Mora warned the Berchelt corner that he’s close to stopping it between rounds. Berchelt’s corner asked him if he wanted out, too. He said no, obviously. But he looks rough here. Mora should have a close eye on it. Another hook from Valdez shakes Berchelt! Mora inching in. Berchelt trying to throw enough back to hold that off. Left hook Valdez. Berchelt tough as fuck but another right hand shakes him! We’re close here, you can feel it. But again, Valdez not pressing, not making big mistakes. Big mistakes the only chance Berchelt has anymore. Valdez slips on moisture in the corner, luckily not hurt or anything. Valdez is just fighting perfectly. He has almost all night. He’s been outstanding. He’s just plain been the better fighter, and he has legitimately never fought this well, ever. This is a career performance. OH MAN! OH GOOD LORD IT’S OVER WITH A MONSTER KO! Valdez KO-10

Gabriel Flores Jr vs Jayson Velez

Round 1: Flores comes right out throwing two jabs and a right, and hey, unleashing some hooks now, too. Flores looking to start fast here, love to see it. Velez only stopped once in his career, though, tough dude. Flores can make a statement if he can do damage here. Long jab to the body from Flores. Velez trying to return the favor. Flores jabbing, bringing combinations behind it, not getting the power shots home yet. Velez going to the body, a good idea. Velez calm, feeling things out mostly. Throwing hands, though, not just standing. Good opening round for Flores, though. Flores 10-9

Round 2: Flores trying to really get the jab going early this round. Staying at the range he wants, too, and Velez not doing a lot trying to close it just yet. Flores doing a good, patient job so far. Velez trying to set up his right hand but Flores not biting on it, looks like he sees Velez going for it. And Velez does go for it, but Flores slips it. Flores dancing at range, moving around. Velez again goes for the right, again not quite there. And again he tries it, again not there. Lead right from Flores, Velez’s comes back and grazes. Good jabs from Flores, quadrupled up there. Flores 10-9, 20-18

Round 3: Like the range Flores is keeping here. Jab has been a good key, effective and pretty accurate. Velez is going to have to ugly this up. Flores doing his usual solid job here. Jabbing well, moving well. Not defensively magical or anything, Velez doing a little work, but Flores is a smart fighter for his age. Flores 10-9, 30-27

Round 4: Flores continuing to do solid work. Velez there, trying to get work in, competing a little. Flores is never going to wow anyone, really, but this is a good young boxer. Sort of a bigger Angelo Leo to me. Flores 10-9, 40-36

Round 5: Flores’ corner wants the pace picked up now. Trying to lead with power shots, Velez able to pick them off. Velez with a decent little rush, got a couple shots in. Flores back to the jab. Nick this round to the veteran, Flores never found rhythm in this one. Velez 10-9, Flores 49-46

Round 6: About 1:10 into the round, DOWN GOES VELEZ! He’s hurt, too. Velez up, bad legs. Flores throwing bombs, Velez trying to bomb back because it’s all he can do! DOWN GOES VELEZ ON A LEFT HOOK AND IT IS OVER! Flores TKO-6

Tonight on ESPN and streaming live on ESPN+, Miguel Berchelt defends his WBC junior lightweight world title against former featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez in the Top Rank Boxing main event.

Coverage will start at 6:45 pm ET for the undercard prelim bouts on ESPN+, and then we’ll have live, round-by-round updates for the two main fights on the show, which start at 10 pm ET and will also air on ESPN.

Berchelt, 29, is a solid but not overwhelming favorite this evening, and Valdez, 30, is a hard-charging warrior at his best, someone who is capable of bringing the sort of heat that Berchelt hasn’t faced in quite a while, probably since winning the title from Francisco Vargas in 2017.

There are questions on both sides here, though frankly mostly on Valdez, which is why he’s the underdog. But this is a great fight on paper; even if you think there’s a clear favorite, the chances for this to be a serious war are far, far higher than the average fight.

The co-feature will see junior lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr take a step up in competition against Jayson Velez, a durable and tough veteran.

How to Watch Berchelt vs Valdez

Date: Saturday, Feb. 20 | Start Time: 6:45 pm ET (Undercard) / 10:00 pm ET (Main)
Location: MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPN | Streaming: ESPN+
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On the prelims portion, middleweight “contender” Esquiva Falcao will face former title challenger Artur Akavov, and we’ll also see prospects Elvis Rodriguez, Xander Zayas, Sonny Conto, and Javier Martinez in action.

Prelims (ESPN+, 6:30 pm ET)

  • Esquiva Falcao (27-0, 19 KO) vs Artur Akavov (20-3, 9 KO), middleweights, 10 rounds
  • Elvis Rodriguez (10-0-1, 10 KO) vs Luis Alberto Veron (18-2-2, 9 KO), junior welterweights, 8 rounds
  • Xander Zayas (6-0, 5 KO) vs James Martin (6-1, 0 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
  • Javier Martinez (2-0, 0 KO) vs Billy Wagner (3-1, 1 KO), middleweights, 4 rounds
  • Omar Rosario (2-0, 0 KO) vs Uriel Villanueva (1-0, 0 KO), welterweights, 4 rounds

Main Card (ESPN+ and ESPN, 10:00 pm ET)

  • Miguel Berchelt (37-1, 33 KO) vs Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KO), junior lightweights, 12 rounds, for Berchelt’s WBC title
  • Gabriel Flores Jr (19-0, 6 KO) vs Jayson Velez (29-7-1, 21 KO), junior lightweights, 10 rounds

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