Oscar Valdez stops Evgeny Gradovich in Round 4
Featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez remained unbeaten with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of former IBF beltholder Evgeny Gradovich on the Paccquiao-Bradley undercard in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Valdez (20-0, 17 knockouts), a two-time Mexican Olympian, easily outboxed the rugged Russian in Rounds 1 and 2, controlling the distance with lateral movement and landing hard jabs and one-two combinations at will.
Valdez stood his ground more in Rounds 3 and 4, adding a body attack to his one-two combos. The face of Gradovich (21-2-1, 9 KOs) quickly became a red mess, his right eye cut and swollen, blood trickling from his nose. In the final minute of Round 4, Valdez landed a right cross-left hook combination that dropped Gradovich to his side. Referee Russell Mora immediately waved the fight off with 46 seconds left in the round.
Valdez picked up the NABO title with the HBO Pay-Per-View-televised victory.