Oscar Valdez found himself challenged, hurt and gassed in the latest classic StubHub Center fight Saturday night.
All of that was rather new to the featherweight champion.
What didn’t change was the World Boxing Organization belt around his waist.
In a bout scored not as close as it appeared, Valdez (22-0) made his second successful title defense in an entertaining, combative triumph over Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga.
The bout was a slugfest that brought the crowd of 5,419 to its feet, punctuated by the 10th round, when Marriaga (25-2) battered Valdez with a flurry of punches before Valdez unleashed a hard punch to the right jaw that knocked down Marriaga, who...