fighter

Oscar Valdez

Weightclass: Featherweight

  • 23wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 19kos

AGE:
26
Birthplace:
Nogales Sonora, Mexico
Height:
5'6"
reach:
66"
Managers:
Frank Espinoza
Trainers:
Manuel Robles

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Oscar Valdez

At the age of 26, Oscar is a four-year pro. The WBO featherweight world champion, he won the title in July, 2016, and has made three title defenses.

He is one of boxing’s brightest rising young stars.

Before his debut, Oscar was an elite international amateur, considered one of the best in the history of Mexican amateur boxing. He had a fight in the World Series of Boxing in December, 2010, but continued to fight as an amateur for two more years after that.

Oscar is the first Mexican boxer to compete in two Olympic Games – in Beijing when he was only 17 years old in 2008, and again in London in 2012. He is also the first Mexican to win a medal at the World Championships – a bronze in 2009 – and was the flag bearer for Mexico at the Central American Games in 2010.

As a pro, Oscar has stayed active in the ring and made impressive progress. He fought six times in 2013, six times in 2014, and four times in 2015 – he stepped up in class of opposition, gave consistently solid performances, and rose to the top of the world rankings.

He fought three times in 2016, which included winning the WBO title in July and making his first title defense four months later in November.

In his last fight on September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, he won a 12-round unanimous decision against Genesis Servania.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Oscar Valdez retained his featherweight belt for the third time in an action-packed unanimous decision against Genesis Servania on Friday night before a raucous crowd of 4,103 in the main event of the Top Rank ESPN card at the Tucson Arena.

Valdez lived in Tucson from ages 4 to 9, before moving back with his father to his native Nogales, Mexico, just over the border. He still has plenty of family, including his mother, and friends who live in Tucson. And he and Servania gave them quite a show.

Valdez won by scores of 117-109, 116-110, 115-111 in a slugfest in which he and Servania exchanged knockdowns.

Valdez opened the fight like he typically does – throwing left hooks and jabs and establishing his range.

Valdez continued to throw left hooks to the head and body and also a stiff jab. The punches were audible at ringside, as Servania took a lot of heavy blows.

But when Valdez was backing up in the fourth round, Servania landed a right hand to the side of the head that dropped Valdez. Valdez didn’t appear hurt, but it was the second time he had suffered a knockdown as a professional.

Valdez stormed back in the fifth round, sending Servania hard to the canvas with a hard overhand left. Valdez landed several thunderous shots in the round, but Servania took everything. Servania forced Valdez back in the sixth round and landed an assortment of clean shots in a fight that appeared to be getting closer by the round.

Valdez was simply throwing more and landing more punches than Servania – who found his target, just not often enough, though he marched forward round after round.

Valdez and Servania continued to go at each other in the 11th round, but it was Valdez, with a right hand, who knocked Servania off balance in the final seconds of the round.

They traded toe-to-toe during the 12th round, as the crowd cheered “Oscar! Oscar! Oscar!” Servania got in an uppercut and a right hand that knocked Valdez back, but Valdez ripped Servania with one-two combinations. They finished the fight in a heated exchange to conclude a tremendous battle. [End Rafael item]

In earlier interviews, Oscar said, “I train in two gyms back home in Hermosillo. One is called CUM, and Hernan Marquez, the former world champion, he opened up a gym called HTM – for Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez.

“I just do light workouts for two weeks in Hermosillo and when the fight comes, I go to The Rock Gym in Carson two months before it. All the hard work is done there. In California, I don’t really do much. I go to the gym, go back to the house, relax, then go back and train again.

“I’m more of a boxer. I don’t really consider myself as a hard-hitting fighter, but I can do all different styles. I can bang with a fighter – if the guy boxes, I can put pressure. If I’m fighting a pressure guy, I can also box. Whatever the fighter brings, I’ll switch it up.

“I don’t really have a nickname. Back when I was an amateur, they used to call me ‘El Niño’ ’cause I was the smallest one on the team. I was 17 years old, and the rest of them were like 20, 23. As a pro, I didn’t really think of a nickname. I’m just called Oscar Valdez.”

fight history

  • 2012

    Fight by Fight — On 12-7-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Corben Page (4-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Texas Station Casino, and Oscar quickly overpowered him; he staggered Page with a right hand in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown in the 2nd – Page got up, but Oscar staggered him with a series of punches, Page’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:24.

    He debuted at the age of 21 on 11-3-12 in Hermosillo, MX, and won by TKO (2nd round) against Angel Prado (1-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at Centro de Usos Multiples – Oscar started his career fighting scheduled 6-round bouts instead of the usual 4-rounders; he scored a knockown with a right hand-left hook combination in the 2nd round – Prado got up, but Oscar rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight.

    WORLD SERIES OF BOXING:

    On 12-17-10 in Mexico City, MX – five days before his 20th birthday – he won a 5 round unanimous decision against Leonid Malkov (debut): the bout was part of a five-fight World Series of Boxing event at Centro Banamex featuring the Mexico City Guerreros vs. the Memphis Force, and it was a good, close fight, scored 48-47, 48-47, 48-46; the Guerreros won the team event 5-0; [note: opinion remain divided about the status of WSB fights; the fighters were paid to fight, and the United States’ Association of Boxing Commissions and their official record keeper, Fight Fax, consider them professional fights; the rest of the world’s commissions and Boxrec, the official record keeper for most, if not all of them, consider them amateur fights, as do the fighters themselves].

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  • 2013

    Fight by Fight — On 12-21-13 in Tijuana, MX, he won by TKO (1st round) against Cristian Barajas (4-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Caliente Casino & Racetrack, and Oscar quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a left hook, the second with a right hand – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:27.

    On 11-9-13 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won by TKO (5th round) against Jesus Lule-Raya (6-6): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Vic Darchinyan main event; Lule-Raya gave a good effort, but Oscar consistently landed the harder punches and wore him down; he scored a knockdown with a series of body punches finished by an uppercut in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:48.

    On 9-28-13 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Jose Morales (7-4): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera I main event; Morales gave a good effort, but Oscar quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:57.

    On 6-15-13 in Dallas, TX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Gil Garcia (5-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Manuel Lopez main event, and Oscar quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round – Garcia got up, but Oscar rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:32.

    On 5-11-13 in Laredo, he won by TKO (1st round) against Rocco Espinoza (4-6): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Vic Darchinyan-Javier Gallo main event, and Oscar quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 2nd round – the first with a left hook to the body, the second with a right hand, and the third with a left hook – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:58.

    On 3-16-13 in Carson he won by TKO (4th round) against Carlos Gonzalez (1-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnikov main event, and Oscar dominated; he staggered Gonzalez with a left hook in the 1st round, and rocked him repeatedy in the following rounds; he rocked Gonzalez with a series of unanswered punches in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:58.

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  • 2014

    Fight by Fight — On 12-20-14 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (5th round) against 39 year-old Jean Sotelo (19-13-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Andy Ruiz-Sergey Liakhovich main event, and Oscar dominated the fight; he pressed forward, rocked Sotelo repeatedly, and steadily wore him down; Sotelo did not continue after the start of the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:02.

    2ND NABF SF JR. TITLE DEFENSE – On 11-15-14 in San Antonio, TX, he won by TKO (7th round) against Alberto Garza (26-8-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Gilberto Ramirez-Fulgencio Zuniga main event; Garza gave a good effort and kept a busy pace, but Oscar pressed forward, rocked him repeatedly, and dominated the fight; he staggered Garza with a series of punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29.

    WON VACANT NABF F JR. TITLE – On 7-26-14 in Phoenix he won an 8-round unanimous decision against Juan Ruiz (23-14): the bout was co-featured at the Celebrity Theater; Oscar consistently outboxed and outworked Ruiz, landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; Ruiz was penalized one point for holding in the 8th round; scored 80-71 on all three scorecards.

    1ST NABF SF JR. TITLE DEFENSE – On 5-17-14 in Inglewood, CA, he won by TKO (6th round) against lefthanded Noel Echevarria (11-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado main event, and Oscar dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Echevarria, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; he wore down Echevarria, and the referee stopped the fight after the 6th round.

    WON VACANT NABF SF JR. TITLE – On 4-12-14 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (4th round) against Adrian Perez (10-4-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. II main event; Oscar pressed forward, scored repeatedly with combinations to the head and body, and wore down Perez; Oscar scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 4th round, and Perez was counted out on his hands and knees at 1:23; after three rounds, Oscar led by scores of 30-27 on all three scorecards.

    On 3-1-14 in San Antonio he won by TKO (3rd round) against Samuel Sanchez (6-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera II main event, and Oscar dominated the fight; he staggered Sanchez with a left hook in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:03.

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