Oscar Valdez, 25-0 (20 KOs), made his long-awaited return to the ring after nearly a year off with a WBO World Featherweight title defense against Italy’s Carmine Tommasone, 19-1 (5 KOs). The fight went down at The Star in Frisco, Texas, the world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys. The fight was broadcasted live on ESPN.
Tommassone used his boxing skill to make Valdez miss over the first two rounds as he worked behind his jab and using good footwork from the outside. Valdez saw his first bit of success in the third as he was able to establish his jab which opened up a number of hooks to the body of Tommasone. Valdez was able to get to Tommasone in a major way in the third round as he dropped him with a hard right hook a minute into the round. Valdez was able to follow this up later in the round with a short left hook to the body that sent Tommasone to a quick knee, forcing a count. Tommasone was able to immediately get to his feet and the bell rang seconds thereafter.
In the sixth round, Valdez was able to again drop Tommasone early with, this time with a stiff left jab. Tommasone showed toughness and was able to get up again to continue fighting. Tommasone was sporting a big ‘mouse’ under the right at this juncture of the fight and increasingly falling behind on the cards. Valdez brought the night to a close with a devastating right hook to being the seventh round. The referee immediately called the fight off from that point.
Officially, the fight went down as a technical knockout victory for Valdez at nine seconds of round seven. This was a likely satisfying feeling for Valdez coming back from a broken jaw. He moves forward to bigger and better match-ups in the 126 pound ranks.