Valdez vs Velez

The Top Rank Boxing on ESPN Summer Series from The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America, has been running at least twice a week since June 9, but tonight at 8 pm ET we close out the first stretch of fights from the show, with Oscar Valdez facing Jayson Velez in the junior lightweight main event.

Top Rank won’t have new cards for at least a few weeks, it would seem, as everyone involved gets to take a bit of a break from a rapid-fire schedule that came with a lot of headaches and frustration for all involved, but some good fights, too.

Valdez, 29, is a former featherweight titleholder who came up to 130 pounds last year to chase Miguel Berchelt’s WBC belt, and this is expected — or at least hoped — to be the last step on that chase. Berchelt won a stay-busy in June in Mexico City, and while Valdez is taking a much tougher matchup against the 32-year-old Velez, he is still expected to win, and all four of our staffers have him doing so.

The co-feature will see super middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga, 23, look to make it 14 straight first round knockout wins to start his career, as he faces Eric Moon, a 29-year-old club fighter from the south. Former 122-pound titleholder Isaac Dogboe is also back in action, as he returns as a featherweight to face battle-worn Chris Avalos in an eight-round bout, and we’ll also see junior welterweight prospect Elvis Rodriguez, plus ESPN human interest favorite Kim Clavel.

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