Live from Las Vegas Tuesday July 21st, Top Rank broadcast a five fight card on ESPN from the MGM Grand Bubble, headlined by former WBO Featherweight title holder Oscar Valdez taking on Jayson Velez. There would also be appearances by four highly touted undefeated prospects, plus former super bantamweight title holder Isaac Dogboe made his first appearance since being deconstructed by Emanuel Navarrete in back to back fights over a year ago.
In his second appearance at Super Featherweight, Oscar Valdez had a tough outing against a bigger Jayson Velez who controlled the action early with his jab and volume. It would not be until a right hook dropped Velez in the fifth did we see Valdez begin having success. While Valdez won the fifth round due to the late knockdown, Velez continued controlling the action up until the ninth.
A marginal low blow landed by Velez in round nine prompted referee Tony Weeks to deduct a point which changed the fights tempo. Once the point was deducted Valdez seeming invigorated began fighting like a man who needed a stoppage to win. A strong finish in round nine, followed by a fast start in the tenth by Valdez would put Velez on the back foot. A big right hook from Valdez at 2:23 of round ended the contest.
With the win Oscar Valdez improved to Oscar Valdez 28-0 (22) while Jayson Velez suffering his first career stoppage loss now stands at 29-7-1 (22).
While a mega fight with WBC super featherweight title holder Miguel Berchelt is looming for Valdez, most who observed Tuesday night felt this version of Oscar Valdez would not be a threat to the WBC champion. In his post fight interview Valdez also stated he needed to work on a few things before that fight can take place.
In a short but sensational Super Middleweight contest, undefeated Edgar Berlanga needed just one minute and two seconds to dismantle Eric Moon. When the bell sounded Berlanga took his time, walked Moon down, caught him on the ropes and landed two right hooks to end the affair.
With the win Edgar Berlanga improved to 14-0 (14) while Eric Moon now stands at 11-3 (6). In his post fight interview when asked about his future and when he will be ready for a title shot Berlanga replied. “I am looking forward to fighting for a title but I am not in a rush I am young and still learning, I want to be a complete fighter when the opportunity arrives.”
In featherweight action former WBO Super Bantamweight title holder Issac Dogboe took on veteran Chris Avalos. This was the first time since losing his rematch against Emanuel Navarrete in May of 2019 Dogboe had stepped inside a ring for action. It was a solid performance by Dogboe who showed improvements made since working with new trainer Barry Hunter. We seen him take his time use, a double jab to close the distance and once in close rip hard body shots that hurt Avalos. A change from the Dogboe who normally rushes in careless and risk absorbing two punches to land one.
With the win Isaac Dogboe improved to 21-2(15) while Chris Avalos now stand at 27-8(20).
In a battle of undefeated female flyweights, Kim Clavel and Natalie Gonzalez delivered a high paced eight rounds of action. On paper with both having solid amateur backgrounds, it would appear to be an evenly matched contest. Once the bell rang Clavel put on a boxing clinic, using a solid jab and sensational footwork she prevented Gonzalez from having success. It was not for lack of effort from Gonzalez, she just could not overcome the natural ability of Clavel who won by scores of 80-72 on all three cards.
With the win Kim Clavel improved to 12-0(2) suffering her first loss Natalie Gonzalez is now 6-1(1).
Making his second appearance at the MGM Grand Bubble this month, super lightweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez scored a second round stoppage over Dennis Okoth. The first round was a feeling out process between the two fighters then in round two, Rodriguez seeing his opening, landed a right hand that sent Okoth crumbling to the canvas. When referee Tony Weeks began to count, he looked at the glazed over eyes of Okoth and wisely halted the action.
With the win Elvis Rodriguez improved to 8-0-1 (8) while Dennis Okoth now stands at 4-4-1(2).
All in all it was a solid night of action as boxing gains momentum in its return.