In his first fight since suffering a broken jaw at the hands of Scott Quigg last year, Oscar Valdez showed no ring rust or hesitation by dominating Carmine Tommasone.
Valdez easily dismantled Tommasone, dropping him multiple times and ending the fight with a left hand to the body at the start of the seventh round to retain his WBO featherweight title. The fight took place on the ESPN-televised portion of a Top Rank Boxing card in Texas.
Tommasone offered little danger to Valdez from the start as Valdez had no problem taking what few punches Tommasone landed on Valdez. The champion would outbox Tommasone throughout the fight, but it was in the fourth round where Valdez started dropping his opponent left and right. Valdez scored two knockdowns in the fourth round, followed by another one in the sixth round. Valdez ended his night with a body shot that immediately stopped the fight nine seconds into the seventh round.
According to CompuBox, Valdez landed 88 of his 293 total punches (30 percent) and 47 of 122 of his power shots (39 percent). As for Tommasone, he only landed 49 of his 300 total punches thrown in the fight (16 percent).
The 28-year-old Valdez last fought in March 2018 when he won a unanimous decision against Quigg. Valdez suffered a broken jaw in the middle of their fight and later aggravated in the 10th round, according to Valdez, resulting in surgery that shut the champion down until at least the end of 2018.
Although Tommasone was not victorious inside the ring against Valdez, he did walk away with some good news when he proposed to his girlfriend and she said yes.