I really do not know that much about Valdez as he was fading out just as I was starting to follow the game but I always knew about his two bouts with an older Monzon. I knew he then briefly held the title and lost to Corro...that's about it. I have learned here that he was actually considered a huge puncher at middleweight, something I did not know as I often saw him as a small middleweight.
After so long I have finally had the opportunity to see the second round knockdown of Monzon and have to say if Valdez was the puncher they say he was, Monzon had a chin of iron. He was tagged half a dozen times in that round flush before the knockdown and barely blinked. Then , the knockdown!!! Talk about a tremendous flush shot. Monzon bounced up in a fraction of a second and looked strong as an ox.
I remain amazed at how tough Monzon was ... a few middleweights may have hung with him, a few may have decisioned him (very few) but this guy was as tough as they came.