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Featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez (13-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh-round TKO victory over Alberto Garza (26-9-1, 21 KOs) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The scheduled eight-round fight was the co-main event of a card presented by Top Rank Promotions and HBO Latino.
Valdez, 23, of Nogales, Mexico, displayed the technical precision that his two trips (in 2008 and 2012) to the Mexican Olympic suggests.
Garza, 29, of Mexico City, Mexico, wasn’t an easy target in the opening rounds, but a habit of keeping his hands down despite good head movement made him an easy target for Valdez’s right hand.
Indeed, Valdez found the right hand very early, landing it several times but it did not seem to bother Garza at first.
In the sixth round, however, Valdez had clearly worn him down as several combination punches kept Garza on his back foot.
In the seventh round, Valdez would stop the fight with a powerful flurry that had Garza might have survived if he had kept his hands up for most of the fight.
If it wasn’t Valdez’s power, it was the consistency with which he through hard combinations that stopped Garza.