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Spartans’ Valencia wins in pro debut

CANYONVILLE — Rafael Valencia of the Spartan Boxing earned a third-round technical knockout in his professional debut Friday during Fight Night at Seven Feathers Casino Resort.

Valencia dazed Abelino Morales, of Eugene, who also made his pro debut, with a series of jabs and right-handed punches to the head, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight with about a minute left in the third round of the four-round light-heavyweight bout.

The fight nearly concluded in the second round when Valencia dropped Morales with a strong straight right hand, but the bell sounded before Valencia could finish his attack.