SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 2, 2019 – Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) was admittedly not at his best after being out of the ring nearly a year, but he dispatched opponent Carmine Tommosone of Italy (19-1, 5 KOs) with ease in six rounds to retain his WBO world featherweight title in his fifth defense.
Valdez delivered a solid performance testing both his repaired broken jaw and his new relationship with trainer Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez. It wasn’t the thriller he delivered in his bout last year against Scott Quigg, and it wasn’t intended to be the same kind of fight for Valdez as he eases back into being active again.\
“Oscar’s implementing everything we’ve worked on. He’s not going crazy, we’re very happy with him so far,” said his new trainer Reynoso.
Valdez says repaired jaw was not a factor
Tommosone was dropped twice in the fourth round by a counter right and then a body punch, and again in the sixth round from a body shot. He was bleeding from the mouth. His record didn’t reflect his skill level against world class opposition. Valdez closed the show at the top of the seventh round with a beautifully delivered body punch, a right upper cut up the middle behind a decoy jab. Referee Mark Nelson didn’t bother to administer a count. Official time was nine seconds in round seven.
Valdez he was excited to finally get back into the ring after nearly a year. “I didn’t want to get too crazy in there, at the same time I wanted to get crazy,” said Valdez. “Time to move on, I want bigger and better things … I’m happy. We had a great training camp. I want to thank (Eddy Reynoso) for taking the time to train me, and thank the whole team for making this possible.”
Valdez says his repaired jaw wasn’t a factor. “To be honest, I didn’t really think about the jaw. I only think about it when you mention it. It’s 100 percent ready.”
Valdez says he’ll go right back to the gym, and continue training for what he hopes is a title unification fight. “I’m happy just to be in the ring. Tbis is my passion, this is what I love to do. I’m glad we made the first step and we’re starting 2019 well. Sky is the limit, I’m ready to continue.”
The evening ended on a high note for Tommasone too, despite his loss. “I didn’t just come here on vacation, I came here to fight. I could have continued, but the referee chose to stop the fight. All is not lost. I want to make a special declaration.” He then proposed marriage to his girlfriend Laura. She said yes, and now she is his fiancee. Mazel tov!
Commey delivers statement win over Chaniev
Richard Commey of Ghana (28-2, 25 KOs) delivered the kind of statement win every fighter dreams about, scoring a second round TKO over Isa Chaniev of Russia (13-6, 2 KOs) to win the vacant IBF lightweight title.
Commey wasted no time in launching his assault with a diversified attack of punches. He scored his first knockdown courtesy of a right hook in the first round, but Chaniev made it to the bell. Commey wasn’t going to let it happen again. He moved in to finish the job, this time landing a perfect left hook to put Chaniev down again. Referee Laurence Cole gave Chaniev once last chance, but ended the fight at 39 seconds of the second round when Commey swarmed the defenseless opponent.
This was Commey’s third attempt to win a world title, making the victory that much sweeter for him.
“It means everything. This means everything for me,” said Commey. “This means everything for my career. I can accomplish my dreams. Thanks to all of the guys who helped me at the gym, everyone who helped me during the training.”
How did Commey get the win? “I listen to my corner, Andre (Rozier) and Gary (Stark Sr.). With these people behind you, you want to do everything they ask you to do.
“At the moment, I don’t know what to say now! I want to enjoy this belt a little bit and see what happens. I’m vey happy I won this title, and I’m a world champion …Because of the hard work, Andre and Gary, I just do what they ask me to do, I work hard in the gym. It’s God, that’s it.”
With the win, Commey has put himself in position for a lightweight division unification fight against pound for pound talent Vasiliy Lomachenko on April 13 in Los Angeles. Unlike previous opponents, Commey won’t say ‘no mas’ against Lomachenko, and has the guts and drive to give Lomachenko an actual challenge. Mark your calendar now.
Undercard results from The Star in Frisco
Super middleweight Janibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan (5-0, 2 KOs) wins a fifth round TKO win over Steven Martinez (18-5, 13 KOs) of Bronx, New York. Alimkhanuly hopes to become a fan friendly fighter in the Gennady Golovkiin mold, promoting his “Qazaq Style” of boxing.
Featherweight Jason Sanchez of Albuquerque, New Mexico (14-0 7 KOs) made it an early night with a second round TKO win over Daniel Olea of Mexico (13-7, 5 KOs) in their featherweight bout.
Pat Day of Freeport, New York (17-3, 6 KOs) won a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Ismail Iliev of Russia (11-1, 3 KOs) for a vacant WBC Continental Americas super welterweight title. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94.
Bakhram Murtazaliev of Russia (15-0, 12 KOs) stopped veteran Elvin Ayala of New Haven, Connecticut (29-13, 13 KOs) with a ninth round stoppage to retain his WBC USNBC super welterweight title. Murtazaliev had the fight well in hand, but it seemed he might coast to the win until the fight came near its end, and stepped on the gas to get the TKO win.
Enriko Gogokhiia of Georgia (10-0, 5 KOs) put heavy hands to work, quickly stopping Vitor Freitas of Brazil (15-4, 9 KOs) at 2:04 of the third round in their welterweight bout.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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