Oscar  Valdez
Weightclass:
Age:
23
Birthplace:
Nogales Sonora, Mexico
Record:
10-0, 9 KOs
Height:
5'6"
Reach:
69"
Managers:
Frank Espinoza
Trainers:
biography

Twitter: @OscarValdez56
Two-time Olympian - 2012 Olympic representative for Mexico, 123 pounds; 2008 Olympic representative for Mexico (amateur), 119 pounds…
2012 Americas Olympic Qualifier (amateur), 123 pounds - Gold Medalist…
2011 Pan American Games (amateur), 123 pounds - Silver Medalist…
2010 Pan American Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist…
2010 Central American & Caribbean Games (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist
2009 World Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
2009 Aiba President´S Cup (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2009 Pan American Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist…
2008 World Youth Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist
2007 Mexican National Championships (amateur), 119 pounds - Gold Medalist…

Oscar made his pro debut at the age of 21 in November, 2012. A sensational prospect at 126 pounds, he is former international amateur standout - considered one of the best amateurs in the history of Mexican boxing.
He is coming off a fourth-round TKO win against Carlos Gonzalez in his last fight on March 16.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Valdez was a two-time Mexican Olympian, representing his country in 2008 and 2012. Now he's a blue-chip prospect who appears to have a very bright future. He is calm and poised for a young fighter and displays very sound technique and a tight defense, holding his hands nice and high. But he is also offensive-minded, as Gonzalez found out.
Valdez had his way with Gonzalez. In the first round, Valdez badly wobbled him with a left to the head late in the round. He was pummeling Gonzalez as the round ended. Valdez...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (4th round) against Carlos Gonzalez (1-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Rualsn 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…
2012 - on 12-7-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Corben Page (4-4-1): the bout 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; after the fight, Oscar said, "I went into the ring and gave my best. That's what I always do. I fight with the heart and spirit of a warrior. That’s the only way I know how to fight."...
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 bout was on the undercard at Centro de Usos Multiples; Oscar 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…
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AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2012 OLYMPICS - London, England, 123 pounds: in his first fight he won a 14-9 decision against Shiva Thapa of India; in his second fight he won a 13-7 decision against Anvar Yunusov of Tajikistan; in the quarterfinals he lost a 19-13 decision against John Joe Nevin of Ireland…
2012 AMERICAS OLYMPIC QUALIFIER - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 123 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-5-12 he won an 18-8 decision against Jose Diaz of Venezuela; in his second fight on 5-6-12 he won a 15-9 decision against Oscar Negrete of Colombia; in the quarterfinals on 5-8-12 he won a 23-9 decision against Julio Cortez of Ecuador; in the semifinals 5-11-12 he won a 9-8 decision against Robenilson de Jesus Vieira of Brazil; in the finals on 5-12-12 he won a 29-11 decision against Alberto Melian of Argentina…
2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Baku, Azerbaijan, 123 pounds: in his first fight he stopped Dmitriy Zhukov of Belarus in the 3rd round; in his second fight he lost a 22-21 decision against Joseph Diaz of the U.S.…
2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 123 pounds - SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals he won a 22-8 decision against Luis Porozo of  Ecuador; in the semifinals he won a 23-10 decision against Robenilson de Jesus Vieira of Brazil; in the finals he lost a 19-15 decision against Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba…
2010 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Quito, Ecuador, 125 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won a 14-4 decision against Juan Reyes of Guatemala; in the semifinals he won a 10-0 decision against Braulio Santos of Puerto Rico; in the finals he lost a 9-8 decision against Roberto Navarro of Dominican Republic…
2010 CENTRAL AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN GAMES - Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 125 pounds...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @OscarValdez56
  • Two-time Olympian - 2012 Olympic representative for Mexico, 123 pounds; 2008 Olympic representative for Mexico (amateur), 119 pounds…
  • 2012 Americas Olympic Qualifier (amateur), 123 pounds - Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 Pan American Games (amateur), 123 pounds - Silver Medalist…
  • 2010 Pan American Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist…
  • 2010 Central American & Caribbean Games (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist
  • 2009 World Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Bronze Medalist…
  • 2009 Aiba President´S Cup (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2009 Pan American Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Silver Medalist…
  • 2008 World Youth Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist
  • 2007 Mexican National Championships (amateur), 119 pounds - Gold Medalist…

Oscar made his pro debut at the age of 21 in November, 2012. A sensational prospect at 126 pounds, he is former international amateur standout - considered one of the best amateurs in the history of Mexican boxing.

He is coming off a fourth-round TKO win against Carlos Gonzalez in his last fight on March 16.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Valdez was a two-time Mexican Olympian, representing his country in 2008 and 2012. Now he's a blue-chip prospect who appears to have a very bright future. He is calm and poised for a young fighter and displays very sound technique and a tight defense, holding his hands nice and high. But he is also offensive-minded, as Gonzalez found out.

Valdez had his way with Gonzalez. In the first round, Valdez badly wobbled him with a left to the head late in the round. He was pummeling Gonzalez as the round ended. Valdez spent most of the second round teeing off on Gonzalez, who showed an excellent chin and a big heart. But he was outclassed as he ate uppercut after uppercut.

Gonzalez had taken a lot of punishment by the fourth round, and when Valdez rocked him with a left hook and then landed nearly another dozen unanswered shots, [the] referee stepped in to call off the bout at 48 seconds. Tuck away the name of Oscar Valdez in the back of your mind; he could become somebody we'll be talking a lot more about in a couple of years. [End Rafael item]

Oscar is the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two different Olympic Games - at the age of 17 he competed in 2008 in Beijing, and he competed again in London in 2012. He is also the first Mexican to win a medal at the World Championships - the bronze in 2009. He was the flag bearer at the Central American Games in 2010, where he won a gold medal.

Historic highlights: Oscar was the first Mexican to win the World Youth Championships (2008), and bronze medal in the 2009 World Championships; he won the gold medal at the 2010 Central American Games and the silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games. Valdez came out of nowhere to upset 2007 Pan American champion Carlos Cuadras at the semifinal of the 2007 National Championships and then won the bantamweight championship in his next bout.

Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, the most sought-after member of the 2012 Mexican national team, has signed a promotional contract with promoter Top Rank.

Valdez, who also fought in the 2008 Olympics, boxed as a bantamweight in the London Games and won his first two bouts to advance to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual silver medalist John Joe Nevin of Ireland. That loss came despite forcing the referee to give Nevin an eight-count after he landed a body shot in the final round.

"I am looking forward to Top Rank directing the next stage of my boxing career," said Valdez, who is bilingual. "I worked very hard to qualify for the Olympics and I will train twice as hard fighting as a professional."

Top Rank has excelled in promoting some of the top Mexican and Mexican-American stars of the past 20-plus years, including Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Jorge Arce, Antonio Margarito and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Manager Frank Espinoza said, "Oscar is really happy and excited to be working along with Top Rank. They've shown great judgment in the past. I'm looking forward to seeing him develop into something special. Boxing needs stars and I'm positive that he will develop into one.

"He's a boxer-puncher with a tremendous body attack. When I look at a fighter I look at certain characteristics, like he that has great ring generalship and intelligence. But he also has personality and charisma, and you need all of that to make a star. He has that star potential and a pro style of fighting."

Said Top Rank president Todd duBoef, "I think he could be one of the most popular fighters in Mexico. The people know him because he's a very heralded Olympian. If you followed him in the 2012 Olympics, he lost the match but dropped the guy with a body shot. He has that pro style embedded in him."

Top Rank has a tremendous track record when it comes signing and developing prospects out of the Olympics, including three fighters who became superstars: De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto.

Other Olympians who signed with Top Rank out of the Olympics who went on to great pro success include two-division champion and pound-for-pound list stalwart Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon and two-division titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez, both of Puerto Rico. [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (4th round) against Carlos Gonzalez (1-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Rualsn 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…

2012 - on 12-7-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Corben Page (4-4-1): the bout 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; after the fight, Oscar said, "I went into the ring and gave my best. That's what I always do. I fight with the heart and spirit of a warrior. That’s the only way I know how to fight."...

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 bout was on the undercard at Centro de Usos Multiples; Oscar 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…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 OLYMPICS - London, England, 123 pounds: in his first fight he won a 14-9 decision against Shiva Thapa of India; in his second fight he won a 13-7 decision against Anvar Yunusov of Tajikistan; in the quarterfinals he lost a 19-13 decision against John Joe Nevin of Ireland…

2012 AMERICAS OLYMPIC QUALIFIER - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 123 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-5-12 he won an 18-8 decision against Jose Diaz of Venezuela; in his second fight on 5-6-12 he won a 15-9 decision against Oscar Negrete of Colombia; in the quarterfinals on 5-8-12 he won a 23-9 decision against Julio Cortez of Ecuador; in the semifinals 5-11-12 he won a 9-8 decision against Robenilson de Jesus Vieira of Brazil; in the finals on 5-12-12 he won a 29-11 decision against Alberto Melian of Argentina…

2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Baku, Azerbaijan, 123 pounds: in his first fight he stopped Dmitriy Zhukov of Belarus in the 3rd round; in his second fight he lost a 22-21 decision against Joseph Diaz of the U.S.…

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 123 pounds - SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals he won a 22-8 decision against Luis Porozo of  Ecuador; in the semifinals he won a 23-10 decision against Robenilson de Jesus Vieira of Brazil; in the finals he lost a 19-15 decision against Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba…

2010 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Quito, Ecuador, 125 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won a 14-4 decision against Juan Reyes of Guatemala; in the semifinals he won a 10-0 decision against Braulio Santos of Puerto Rico; in the finals he lost a 9-8 decision against Roberto Navarro of Dominican Republic…

2010 CENTRAL AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN GAMES - Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won a 6-2 decision against Angel Rodriguez of Venezuela; in the semifinals he won a 4-3 decision against Roberto Navarro of Dominican Republic; in the finals he won a 15-4 decision against Juan Reyes of Guatemala…

2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Milan, Italy, 125 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight he won a 14-3 decision against Clive Atwell of Guyana; in his second fight he won a 16-11 decision against David Oliver Joyce of Ireland; in his third fight he won a 9-6 decision against Ju Min Jae of South Korea; in the quarterfinals he won a 14-9 decision against Azat Hovhannesyan of Armenia; in the semifinals he lost a 12-1 decision against Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine…

2009 AIBA PRESIDENT´S CUP - Baku, Azerbaijan, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he stopped Jean John Colin of Mauritius in the 1st round; in the semifinals he won a 6-2 decision against Elshan Ismailov of Azerbaijan; in the finals he won a 7-2 decision against Dmitriy Polyansky of Russia…

2009 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, 125 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won a 6-4 decision against Cesar Villarraga of Colombia; in the semifinals he won an 8-3 decision against Jorge Maysonet Jr. of Puerto Rico; in the finals he lost a 6-5 decision against Robson Conceicao of Brazil…

2008 OLYMPICS - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 119 pounds: in his first fight he lost a 15-4 decision against Enkhbat Badar-Uugan of Mongolia…

2008 WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS (17-18 year olds), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 125 pounds (17-18 years old) – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight he stopped Cobia Breedy of Barbados in the 2nd round; in his second fight he won a 19-4 decision against Berik Koitayev of Kazakstan; in the quarterfinals he won a 13-1 decision against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan; in the semifinals he stopped Oleg Scheffer of Ukraine in the 1st round; in the finals he won a 12-0 decision against Maxim Dadashev of Russia…

2008 1ST AMERICA´S OLYMPIC QUALIFIER - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 119 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) he won a 16-13 decision against John Wampash of Ecuador; in the semifinals he won a 14-12 decision against James Dean Pereira of Brazil; in the finals he loat a 15-4 decision against Yankiel Leon of Cuba…

2007 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 119 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the semifinals he defeated Carlos Cuadras; in the finals on 12-7-07 he won a 13-7 decision against Rey Vargas