Valdez Survives Lopez with Controversial Stoppage

Adam Lopez was given a chance to be in a main event this weekend after a crazy turn of events, and he put on a big showing. A questionable stoppage, however, gave the win in the WBC super featherweight eliminator to Oscar Valdez.

The fight headlined a Top Rank Boxing card at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was originally scheduled to be Valdez facing Andres Gutierrez, with Lopez competing on the undercard. But Gutierrez missed weight by 11 pounds, removing him from the card and earning him a suspension and investigation by the WBC.

The fight was a back-and-forth one, with each man having his moments. In fact, Lopez surprised many early by dropping the former featherweight champion with a hook during the second round.

Valdez did get up, however, and the fight became a close battle once again, with Lopez trying to pick things up around the halfway point of the 10-round war.

In the seventh, however, Valdez caught and dropped Lopez with a hook of his own. Valdez went in for the kill, and while Lopez seemed to still handle himself well, the referee elected to jump in after a couple of shots that landed.

Lopez’s profile was raised tonight even in defeat. Meanwhile, with the win, Valdez is now set to challenge Miguel Berchelt.

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