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Valdez digs deep to defend title in decision over Marriaga

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) Although Oscar Valdez won a world championship belt last year, he still wondered whether he could go 12 full rounds with an elite fighter.

Not only did the WBO featherweight champion have the physical stamina, he also had the mental strength to thrive.

Valdez defended his WBO featherweight title with a tenacious performance on Saturday night, knocking down Colombia's Miguel Marriaga in the 10th round of a unanimous-decision victory in the famed outdoor ring at StubHub Center.

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