And on Sunday (AEDT), Oscar Valdez delivered exactly that as he captured the WBC junior lightweight belt in spectacular fashion.
A 10th round finish of the now-former titleholder Miguel Berchelt saw Valdez claim his second world title; a left hook going viral almost as fast as his opponent hit the canvas.
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The CLEANEST KO you’ll ever see
Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs), a former WBO featherweight champion, entered the fight as the underdog, but dominated the MGM Grand title bout, scoring knockdowns in the fourth and 10th rounds on his way to a victory he won’t soon forget.
The crown had belonged to Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs) since January 2017 when he knocked out compatriot Francisco Vargas in the 11th round and he had defended the title six times, winning the past five inside the distance.
But Berchelt was no match for Valdez, who landed the finishing blow with a second left in the tenth round. At the time of the knockout, Valdez was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards — 89-80, 88-81, 87-82.
According to CompuBox, Valdez, a two-time Olympian, outlanded Berchelt 103-64 on power punches.
“Oh my god! Miguel Berchelt knocked COLD with one second left in Round 10 and Oscar Valdez is now champion at 130 pounds. Scary stuff. As brutal a KO as you’ll ever see.” The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger tweeted.
“I have a list of people who doubted me,” said the undefeated Valdez. “I proved them wrong.
“There is nothing better in life than proving people wrong. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”
Bleeding from both nostrils, Berchelt remained motionless on his back for two minutes after the knockout before being helped to his feet by the ring doctors.
ESPN’s Max Kellerman labelled it the “KO of the year so far” as Berchelt was later taken to hospital, where his CT scan reportedly came back clean.
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