Oscar Valdez and Robson Conceicao squared off at the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, September 10, which made it Saturday, September 11 in the UK and Australia. The contest featured WBC super featherweight champion and two-time Mexican Olympian defending his title against 2016 Brazilian Olympic gold medalist. The pair battled it out in the main event of Top Rank Boxing fight card.
In addition Valdez and Conceicao met for the second time. Conceicao defeated Valdez by one point in the finals of Pan American Games back in 2009.
The scheduled for twelve rounds world championship bout went a full distance. Conceicao appeared to take the early lead, but as the fight approached the second half, the come-forward Valdez narrowed the gap and overtook the upstart. One judge had Valdez winning the final seven rounds, while another had Valdez winning six of the final seven.
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In Round 9 referee deducted a point from Conceicao for hitting behind the head. In Round 11 Valdez was warned for hitting behind the head, but didn’t get a point deducted.
In the end two judges scored the 115-112 and the third third judge had it 117-110, all in favor of Valdez.
Valdez survived with his title in tact and now looks toward a potential unification match with the winner of the October 23 bout between WBO champion Jamel Herring and unbeaten star Shakur Stevenson.
Both fighters entered the ring undefeated. With the win Valdez remains unbeaten and updates his record to 30-0, 23 KOs. He also makes the first successful defense of his belt that he claimed by knockout in the tenth round against Miguel Berchelt in February.
“He’s over here yelling in my face. We’re grown men. Don’t be yelling in my face. He might be upset. Of course you want to be a world champion, but don’t point at me, don’t be yelling in my face. I’ve been through enough this week, man,” Valdez said. “It makes the fight complicated when someone is trying to run the whole fight. I’m trying to put on a good show for my fans, give the fans what they want, which is a good fight. If he wants to run… you can’t win a fight running like that.”
“We all want the winner of Shakur Stevenson and Jamel Herring. Let’s do it.”
Conceicao suffers the first defeat in his professional boxing career. He drops to 16-1, 8 KOs.
Conceicao said, “This is boxing. I cannot go with his game. I played my game. Look at his face and look at my face. I have nothing on my face. Oscar’s is all f*ck up. I won this fight.”
Added Top Rank chairman Bob Arum: “If the fighters want the fight, I have no problem putting Oscar in with the winner of Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson.”
Get the full Valdez vs Conceicao results.