Oscar Valdez (27-0) is back in the ring against tough veteran Jayson Velez (29-6-1). Valdez has had some good time to rest after his grueling fight with Adam Lopez almost a year ago which he ended up winning by a 7th round stoppage. He was dropped in that fight by a big shot he didn´t see. A few fights back he was also dropped by Genesis Servania and managed to win that fight also. In between those he has had the most difficult fight of his career against Scott Quigg which he ended up winning by large margins on the scorecards, which didn´t reflect the fight at all. Quigg landed som very big shots during those 12 rounds and you have to wonder if that fight took something out of Valdez. This figth against Velez marks the 2nd time Valdez will be fighting at the 130 pound division. Jayson Velez is no joke. The guy is very tough and it has proved to very difficult to stop him since no one has been able to do it so far. Several of his losses has come against top notch opposition so he is a proven commodity. In his last fight against Jamie Arboleda, he dropped a narrow split decision in a fight that could have gone his way really. (Sign in to view our prediction & pick)
Valdez will not have a walk in the park with Velez. He is going to have to earn every round of the fight but like we mentioned he has had some time off and he will feel rejuvenated again. He seems to still be developing under Eddy Reynoso and a lot of their work seems centrated on improving Valdez defense. Velez will last the distance and the fight might be close but Valdez is the big a-side so we can expect the majority of the close rounds to go his favor, just like in his fight with Quigg. The odds for this is -200 (1.50 decimal odds) and you can hedge it with a bet on draw since this might be a very close affair.