RENO, Nev. – It was an opportunity too great, a paycheck too big, to pass up. And, in the end, Jason Sanchez proved he belonged.
There will be, however, no WBO featherweight title belt around the Albuquerque boxer’s waist when he comes home from Reno.
Champion Oscar Valdez, displaying the punching power that earned him the title and the improved defense he sought in recently changing trainers, defeated Sanchez by lopsided unanimous decision Saturday night.
Sanchez, fighting for a world title in just his 15th professional fight, is 14-1 with seven knockouts. Valdez, in defending his title for the sixth time, is 26-0 with 20 KOs.