Valdez beats Sanchez in Southwestern Showdown

Tucson’s Oscar Valdez dominated Albuquerque’s Jason Sanchez

Valdez beats Sanchez in Southwestern Showdown
Oscar Valdez raises the Flag of Mexico after beating Jason Sanchez to retain his WBO World Featherweight title. (Source: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

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.

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