Former WBO featherweight world titleholder – Oscar Valdez did not waste too much time in his second fight as a junior lightweight, beating Jayson Velez by 10th-round TKO in the main event of a Top Rank card on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Conference Center — Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas.

Valdez [28-0, 22 KOs] knocked down Velez in the fifth round and twice more in the 10th before the referee called it off with 37 seconds remaining in the 10th and final round.

It was Valdez’s first time in the ring since November, when he defeated late replacement opponent – Adam Lopez by seventh-round TKO.

A former world title challenger, this was the first KO defeat of Velez in 37 professional fights.

Valdez, the WBC No. 1 contender at 130 pounds, now has his sights set on countryman and longtime champion Miguel Berchelt.

“Miguel Berchelt is the fight I want. He has the WBC title at 130 pounds,” he said in a post fight interview.

“I want the WBC title. Miguel and I would make for a great fight,” Valdez said.

“Velez was everything I expected, a tough warrior who fought his heart out. I commend him for a great performance and a great fight.”