Coming into his fight with Miguel Berchelt, Oscar Valdez said he believed he would emerge as the winner in their battle for the WBC junior lightweight championship because Berchelt hadn’t been through the same level of adversity in his professional career. In the ring, it would prove that Valdez’s skill was even more important than those intangibles as he outboxed Berchelt from the opening bell before scoring an instant Knockout of the Year contender.

With the fight expected to be a war between the two Mexican sluggers, Berchelt (37-2, 33 KO) entered the ring as a considerable favorite, having rattled off win after win and establishing himself as a budding star. Valdez (29-0, 23 KO) had vacated his WBO featherweight title to step up in weight and try to become a two-division champion, something he would…

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