TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Defending a world boxing championship is never easy but Oscar Valdez keeps doing it.
Valdez for the fourth time in five fights was pushed to the distance but prevailed in winning a unanimous decision over challenger Jason Sanchez to retain his WBO World Featherweight Championship in Reno, Nevada.
The Nogales, Mexico-born and Tucson-bred champion floored the Albuquerque, New Mexico-native in the fifth round with a quick left hand.
He won the Southwestern Showdown comfortably on all three judges’ cards (117-110, 118-109, 118-109).
Valdez (26-0), who was raised in Tucson, has twice fought in his hometown as a professional.
He beat Ernie Sanchez in December 2015 at Tucson Arena. His last fight before winning his first world title in April 2016.
Valdez won a unanimous decision over Genesis Servania at the TCC in September 2017.