By Steve Kim Updated on April 03, 2024

Belated Weekend Review

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So plenty was written about the Tim Tszyu-Sebastian Fundora fight, and the rest of the card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas that took place last weekend. But before we move forward, I just wanted to say a few things about the shows on Friday night in Glendale, Arizona, and then Inglewood, California on Saturday evening, both of which I attended.

So here goes... 

- Oscar Valdez got off to a bit of a slow start at the Desert Diamond Arena against the lanky Liam Wilson, who early on utilized his length and reach to keep Valdez off bay. But quickly he got sucked into a fight from in-close and eventually got chopped up by Valdez, succumbing in seven rounds.

Oscar Valdez Puts On A Vintage Performance vs Liam Wilson | HIGHLIGHTS


For Valdez it was a strong bounce back from his disappointing loss to Emanuel Navarrete last summer. A defeat that devastated him emotionally. Some insiders wondered just what he had left in the tank. But what this was in my view was further confirmation that Valdez has been one of the true entertainers the sport had had this past generation.  Think about it, just how many boring Valdez bouts have you seen throughout his career?

Not many.

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He may not be truly elite, but this two-division champion should be appreciated for the way he conducts his business inside the ring, and his willingness to consistently take on tough opposition(Shakur Stevenson and Navarrete, among others). 

His manager, Frank Espinoza, told, "I thought it was a great performance, he made great adjustments. The stuff he perfected in training camp worked well under the guidance of Eddy Reynoso, and Carlos Barragan. They had a good game plan, he seemed more settled. Oscar wasn't just going in there and throwing big shots."

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In the venue this night were the likes of WBC jr. lightweight titlist, O'Shaquie Foster, and Luis Alberto Lopez, who is the IBF featherweight belt-holder. They were there for a particular reason -- they want Valdez, who captured the WBO interim 130-pound belt(and will most likely be elevated to full champion in the near future). 

The Foster fight would be a unification tilt. While 'Venado' would be an-Mexican war. Both are appealing match-ups. When asked if they were leaning in any direction, Espinoza, stated, "We haven't decided just yet. We're going to sit down as a team, and then we're going to make that decision."

Regardless of who he faces next, the viewing public will be entertained.

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"That's been his pattern ever since he came out of the amateurs," said Espinoza, who has guided his pro career from the beginning. "He's just an action-packed fighter. He's a fan favorite because he gives fights that fans love to see the majority of time.

"He's just a warrior all the way around."

-- The co-main on this night was the grudge match between Seniesa Estrada and Yokasta Valle for the undisputed minimumweight championship. After 10 fast-paced rounds (and at two minutes, I guess most female bouts have a quick tempo) it was Estrada winning across the board, 97-93.

Personally, I had it 98-92 from my vantage point ringside, which I know some of you will find a tad exorbitant in favor of 'SuperBad'. I saw Estrada boxing well, and landing more of the clean punches. Yeah, many of the rounds were pretty close, but the majority of them were controlled by Estrada in my view.

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What I found interesting was how vociferously the crowd in Arizona reacted to the verdict. They certainly disagreed with the decision that was rendered. Did they really believe Valle won that fight, or do they really just like her?

Regardless, it's clear that there is still very harsh feelings between the sides of Estrada and Valle.

-- Then on Saturday night at the YouTube Theater, Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez captured the WBA cruiserweight belt by out-pointing Arsen Goulamirian by the scores of 118-110 on all three cards. In the past Ramirez has been criticized for being a rather monotonous and overly-methodical fighter. Which is  a reason why he hasn't resonated to the Mexican fan-base.

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Well, in this particular fight, Ramirez put forth a fan-friendly performance. He was more than willing to stick inside the pocket and let his hands go, and he showed at the had a set of cruiserweight whiskers. 

FIGHT HIGHLIGHTS | Arsen Goulamirian vs. Zurdo Ramirez | @AutoZone


This was a version of 'Zurdo' that the fans can get behind. Ramirez may not be the best cruiserweight in the world (that would be Jai Opetaia), but he brings another recognizable name to the division that is badly in need of them. Here's hoping that Golden Boy can get him two more bouts by the end of 2024.

- In a weekend filled with some really good fights, the best one was the heavyweight humdinger between Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke. This British battle ended in a draw. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke battle to thrilling split decision draw | NBC Sports


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Belated Weekend Review
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  • Joined one of the first boxing websites, 'House of Boxing' in 1999, and then later became one of the founders of Maxboxing, that started in 2001, till his departure in 2014.
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  • He has written for Ring Magazine, International Boxing Digest and Boxing News.
  • Is the co-host of 'the 3 Knockdown Rule' with Mario Lopez, which has become of the most popular boxing podcasts the past several years.
  • Steve has also served as an announcer and analyst for RingTV, Thompson Boxing, 360 Promotions and CBS Sports Network.