The WBO featherweight title match went according to script Saturday night.

Oscar Valdez, the undefeated, two-time Mexican Olympian, dominated Japanese challenger Hiroshige Osawa, stopping him with a flurry against the ropes in the seventh round.

Referee Vic Drakulich stepped  in and waved it off at 1:50 of the round, and Valdez retained his title in his first defense to remain unbeaten. He is now 21-0 with 19 KOs.

“A very tough fight, probably the toughest opponent I face so far in career,” Valdez said.

Valdez, from Nogales, Mexico, who spent much of his formative school years in Tucson, had little trouble with Osawa (30-4-4), dropping him in the fourth round off a left hook.

“Osawa took some big shots,” Valdez said, “and I need it take my time and not get careless.”

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said Valdez’s next title defense could happen in Tucson in early 2017.

“I know it was a good win, but I still have a lot learn. I am going to get better… Happy to give Mexico another great win and with my title defense,” Valdez said.

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Written by: Bob Velin

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