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Oscar Valdez is a champion again

TUCSON (KVOA) -- Tucson’s Oscar Valdez is now a two-time world boxing champion. 

The 29-year-old scored the 29th win of his career Saturday night in Las Vegas and did so with a vicious left-hook to knockout Miguel Berchelt as the bell rang to end the 10th round. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Oscar Valdez knocks out Miguel Berchelt

The victory gave Valdez the WBC’s junior lightweight championship. 

He had previously won the WBO’s featherweight title but vacated that belt during the Summer of 2019. 

The knockout was so vicious that Berchelt laid motionless on the canvas for several minutes before climbing to a stool in the middle of the ring. 

Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) was born in Nogales, Mexico but spent his childhood years here in Tucson. 

He twice represented Mexico in the Olympics. 

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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