Photo Mikey Williams
TUCSON, AZ. September 22, 2017 Oscar Valdez 23-0 (19KO’s) has always been bothered that his name isn’t mentioned among the big fight championship talk of the featherweight division even though he holds the WBO featherweight title. He shouldn’t have that problem anymore following a thrilling performance on ESPN against Genesis Servania 29-0 (12KO’s).
Valdez boxed early in the fight using hand speed to land lead left hooks and right hands to the head and body of Servania then backing out and turning away from trouble. In the fourth round Valdez stepped out of a combination a half step too slow and ate a right hand to the side of the head putting him on the canvas for the first time in his career. To begin the fifth round Valdez landed a crushing left hook that dropped Servania to the seat of his pants rolling over his elbow, Servania would make it to his feet on wobbly legs to survive a barrage of punches from Valdez and make it to the end of the round.
Hard punches from Servania in the sixth round pushed Valdez head trainer Manny Robles to plead with Valdez to box intelligently. Valdez would fight smarter until the twelfth round. Seemingly ahead on the score cards Valdez stood toe to toe with a tiring Servania and traded shots until the final bell. On Scores of 116-110, 119-109, and 117-109 Valdez picked up the unanimous decision victory, ending a thrilling debut on the largest sports network in America.
Gilberto Ramirez 36-0 (24KO’s) had just enough in the tank to squeeze out a win over Philadelphia fighter Jesse Hart 22-1 (18KO’s) in a close contest that was determined by a knockdown.
Ramirez dropped Hart in the fourth round and appeared on the way to ending the night early with good combinations to the body and head until Hart started to gain momentum in the seventh round. Timing Ramirez with uppercuts and landing big right hands over the top of Ramirez Hart started to get his legs back under him and silenced the crowds chants of “Zurdo”. Down the stretch Hart looked the fresher and Ramirez the more tired fighter on scores of 115-112 twice and 114-113 Ramirez walks away still WBO Super Middleweight Champion.
Opening the televised action two-time Irish Olympian Michael “Mick” Conlan 4-0 (4KO’s) blasted previously undefeated Kenny Guzman 3-1 (1KO) at the end if the second round with a right hand. The referee waived the fight to give the young Irishman his fourth victory as he develops into an early star.