Boxing Judge Apologizes for His 117–110 Scorecard of Oscar Valdez’s Clash With Robson Conceicao

Published 09/14/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


Last Friday, Oscar Valdez locked horns with Robson Conceicao for his WBC super-featherweight title defense. The Mexican boxing star was already in the news for consuming a banned substance, and he received immense backlash for the same. But despite all the adversities, Valdez edged over his nemesis to claim a unanimous decision victory. However, this win didn’t come easily as he had to dig in real deep to retain his WBC strap.

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All three judges scored in favor of the champ, but Stephen Blea’s scorecard did rounds on social media. He gave Valdez a 117-110 win, and the fans seemed stunned with this vast difference.

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Accordingly, he apologized for the same and released a statement, saying, “I feel I have let down our sport and the fighters inside the ring.”

The other two judges of this fight, Omar Mintum, and Chris Tellez, scored 115-112 to give Valdez a win in this fight. But Blea’s scorecard created a vast difference, and many purists felt Conceicao deserved more for his efforts.

That said, Blea, in his above statement, shared an honest notion and figured his mistake out right away.

Conceicao, being the underdog, gave a stern beating to the champ. He remained highly successful in landing his extensive hooks and body shots. As a result, this turned out to be one of the toughest tests for Oscar Valdez at the super-featherweight frame.

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Will there be a rematch between Oscar Valdez and Robson Conceicao?

Oscar Valdez and Robson Conceicao put on a show and they truly kept the fans intrigued.

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However, as Valdez will look ahead to unify his belts, a possibility of a rematch between these two seems extremely slim.

With that, it’s clear that he’ll take on the other champions of his division. Moreover, fans are eager to see him do the same. But there’s no genuine news pertaining to his in-ring return. This is because there are a string of external factors he has to deal with first.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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