Two-Time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez has Dynamic Performance at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Two-Time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez has Dynamic Performance at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
On Friday night, Sept. 11, two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, one of the greatest amateurs of all time in Mexico, was dynamic in his biggest win as a professional fighter on Top Rank’s Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Photo credit: © Edison Graff / Erik Kabik Photo Group / www.erikkabik.com). 

Valdez vs Avalos, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Valdez vs Avalos, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo credit: © Edison Graff / Erik Kabik Photo Group / www.erikkabik.com.

In the main event, world-rated Valdez fired off hard, sharp punches in what he called his “biggest win of my career” in a TKO 5 victory over rugged Chris Avalos of Lancaster, California.

Valdez defeats Avalos, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan
Valdez defeats Avalos, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan

Photo credit: © Edison Graff / Erik Kabik Photo Group / www.erikkabik.com.

“Everything I did in the gym preparing came out during this fight. We had the perfect game plan. He was rough in there,” said Valdez.

Valdez raised his ring record to 18-0, 15 KOs. Avalos is now 26-4, 19 KOs.

Sugar Shane Mosley, Sept. 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Sugar Shane Mosley, Sept. 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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In the opening televised bout the popular super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart of Philadelphia said he “kept my composure” during a difficult TKO 9 stoppage of Aaron Pryor Jr. of Cincinnati. Jesse, the son of legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, said he used “hard shots to the body” to break down and stop Pryor Jr.

Hart vs Pryor Jr, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Hart vs Pryor Jr, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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Hart is now 18-0. He retained his National American Boxing Association and United States Boxing Association titles. Pryor Jr., the son of the famous champion Aaron Pryor, is now 19-9-1, 12 KOs.

Hart vs Pryor Jr, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Hart vs Pryor Jr, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo credit: © Edison Graff / Erik Kabik Photo Group / www.erikkabik.com.

There were seven bouts on the card. Many star fighters were at ringside during the match, including Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year and ESPY Nominated Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, Ruslan Provodnikov and Jessie “The Pride of Las Vegas” Vargas. The truTV announce team included Hall of Fame Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley.

Hart defeats Pryor Jr, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan
Hart defeats Pryor Jr, Sept 11, 2015, The Cosmopolitan

Photo credit: © Edison Graff / Erik Kabik Photo Group / www.erikkabik.com.

Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at The Cosmopolitan
Metro PCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at The Cosmopolitan

Photo credit: © Edison Graff / Erik Kabik Photo Group / www.erikkabik.com.

Upcoming events at The Chelsea include Neil Young + Promise of the Real with special guest Jenny Lewis (Oct. 11) and Sam Hunt with special guest Carter Winter (Dec. 4).