Oscar  Valdez
Weightclass:
Featherweight
Age:
24
Birthplace:
Nogales Sonora, Mexico
Record:
15-0, 14 KOs
Height:
5'6"
Reach:
69"
Managers:
Frank Espinoza
Trainers:
Manuel Robles
biography

Twitter: @OscarValdez56
Ranked WBC #16 at 126 pounds; IBF #15 at 130 pounds…
NABF Junior featherweight championm one successful defense…
Former NABF Junior super featherweight champion…
2012 Olympic representative for Mexico (amateur), 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…

At the age of 23, Oscar is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 126 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout, considered one of the best amateurs in the history of Mexican boxing.
Oscar is the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic Games – in 2008 he competed in Beijing at the age of 17, and he competed again in London in 2012. He is also the first Mexican to win a medal at the World Championships – he won bronze in 2009. He was the flag bearer for Mexico at the Central American Games in 2010, where he won a gold medal, and he had a win in the semifinals of the 2007 Mexican Nationals against Carlos Cuadras, who is...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight on 12-20-14 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (5th round) against Jean Javier Sotelo (19-13-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Celebrity Theater, and Oscar dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches, steadily wore down Sotelo, and Sotelo did not continue after the 4th round – the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:02 of the 5th round…
1ST NABF JUNIOR F 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 at the Alamodome; Oscar dominated the fight – he pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore down Garza; Oscar rocked him with a series of punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29…
WON VACANT NABF JUNIOR F 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 JR. SF 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 JR. SF TITLE – on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by knockout (4th round) against Adrian Perez...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Oscar said, "I was born in Nogales, Sonora. Then, when I was around one year old, my mother and father moved to Tucson, so they took me there as a baby. I did my elementary school there, first grade to fifth grade. After that, my mother and father got a divorce and I went with my father back to Mexico. All of junior high I did in Mexico, and high school, as well.
"My dad, he's a manager. He used to work at the mines in Tucson. He used to box as an amateur. My mom works at a telephone company. She's an operator. I've got a lot of brothers and sisters! I'm the oldest one. By my father and mother, there's four of us. They got a divorce when I was 11 years old. My mom, after years, got married again with a great guy and had twins with him. My dad, he had a kid with another woman, then he got a divorce with her and had another child after that. But I don't consider them stepbrothers – I'm the oldest, and I love them all. I'm the only boxer in my family. I've been athletic since I was a little kid.
"I first went into the gym when I was eight years old and my first fight, I had it when I was nine. Ever since we were little my whole family was really into boxing. Ever since we were little babies – four or five years old – they would put the gloves on us, me and my little cousins, and we would just go at it! So it was like, a family thing, like 'Who's son is better? Who's the better cousin out of us?' I just fell in love with the sport ever since. I never left it.
"A lot of fighters don't count their amateur fights. They just say, 'Oh, around 250.' Me, I counted each and every fight I had. I finished with 204 amateur fights. I had probably 27 losses – in the amateurs, you win a lot, you lose a lot.
"I had a good run as an amateur. I was on the Mexican national team for about five years – it was the greatest experience for me!
"I won only about four nationals in Mexico....
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Biography
  • Twitter: @OscarValdez56
  • Ranked WBC #16 at 126 pounds; IBF #15 at 130 pounds…
  • NABF Junior featherweight championm one successful defense…
  • Former NABF Junior super featherweight champion…
  • 2012 Olympic representative for Mexico (amateur), 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…

At the age of 23, Oscar is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 126 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout, considered one of the best amateurs in the history of Mexican boxing.

Oscar is the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic Games – in 2008 he competed in Beijing at the age of 17, and he competed again in London in 2012. He is also the first Mexican to win a medal at the World Championships – he won bronze in 2009. He was the flag bearer for Mexico at the Central American Games in 2010, where he won a gold medal, and he had a win in the semifinals of the 2007 Mexican Nationals against Carlos Cuadras, who is currently the WBC super flyweight world champion.

As a pro, he has stayed active in the ring and made good progress. He fought six times in 2013 and six times in 2014, and has broken into the world Top 20 rankings before he’s had a scheduled 10-round fight – he is ranked IBF No. 15 at super featherweight and WBC No. 16 at featherweight.

In his last fight on December 20, Oscar won by fifth-round TKO against Jean Javier Sotelo.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Valdez, the former two-time Mexican Olympian, dominated Sotelo. Valdez, one of boxing's top prospects, dished out punishment throughout the fight until Sotelo retired on his stool one second into the fifth round. Valdez finished off an excellent year in which he won all six of fights, including five by knockout. He could have a breakout 2015. [End Rafael item]

Oscar said, "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."

When Oscar signed a promotional contract with Top Rank, Dan Rafael wrote [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.

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.

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. [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight on 12-20-14 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (5th round) against Jean Javier Sotelo (19-13-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Celebrity Theater, and Oscar dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches, steadily wore down Sotelo, and Sotelo did not continue after the 4th round – the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:02 of the 5th round…

1ST NABF JUNIOR F 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 at the Alamodome; Oscar dominated the fight – he pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore down Garza; Oscar rocked him with a series of punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29…

WON VACANT NABF JUNIOR F 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 JR. SF 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 JR. SF TITLE – on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, 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; he staggered Sanchez with a left hook in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:03…

 

2013 – 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 landed the harder punches and steadily 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, TX., 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, CA, 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…

 

2012 – 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…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Oscar said, "I was born in Nogales, Sonora. Then, when I was around one year old, my mother and father moved to Tucson, so they took me there as a baby. I did my elementary school there, first grade to fifth grade. After that, my mother and father got a divorce and I went with my father back to Mexico. All of junior high I did in Mexico, and high school, as well.

"My dad, he's a manager. He used to work at the mines in Tucson. He used to box as an amateur. My mom works at a telephone company. She's an operator. I've got a lot of brothers and sisters! I'm the oldest one. By my father and mother, there's four of us. They got a divorce when I was 11 years old. My mom, after years, got married again with a great guy and had twins with him. My dad, he had a kid with another woman, then he got a divorce with her and had another child after that. But I don't consider them stepbrothers – I'm the oldest, and I love them all. I'm the only boxer in my family. I've been athletic since I was a little kid.

"I first went into the gym when I was eight years old and my first fight, I had it when I was nine. Ever since we were little my whole family was really into boxing. Ever since we were little babies – four or five years old – they would put the gloves on us, me and my little cousins, and we would just go at it! So it was like, a family thing, like 'Who's son is better? Who's the better cousin out of us?' I just fell in love with the sport ever since. I never left it.

"A lot of fighters don't count their amateur fights. They just say, 'Oh, around 250.' Me, I counted each and every fight I had. I finished with 204 amateur fights. I had probably 27 losses – in the amateurs, you win a lot, you lose a lot.

"I had a good run as an amateur. I was on the Mexican national team for about five years – it was the greatest experience for me!

"I won only about four nationals in Mexico. The thing with me, I would always be the number one. I would go to the international tournaments. When there was a national tournament here in Mexico, whoever would get the gold medal would get to eliminate himself with me. I would come back from the internationals and eliminate whoever got the gold. I didn't win a lot of nationals because I didn't participate in them.

"My English wasn't really that good until I went to Mexico City, to the training camp there. I did four years over there in Mexico City in the Olympic Village. A good friend of mine, Oscar Molina, also stayed there. He's from Norwalk, California. We were roommates for four years and I didn't speak nothing but English with him, so it got real good.

"I live in Hermosillo, Sonora, now. I've lived here since 2012. I'm naturally righthanded. I'm not married, but I have a girlfriend. We've been living together for almost two years already. No kids.

"Back home, I've got an alligator. I've had it for six years already. When I got it, it was about the size of a lizard, now it's about my size! People think I'm kind of crazy, but I'm always cautious with it. Those guys in Thailand, they put their head inside their mouth, their hand inside their mouth. I would never do that! I used to have him in my house until this year, when he got real big. So I took it over to a farm I have. I made a little pond for him and I keep him there."...

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; The Daily Mail reported [excerpts]: Ireland's John Joe Nevin will add an Olympic medal to the two World Championship bronzes he has already won after beating Mexico's Oscar Valdez 19-13 in their Olympic bantamweight quarter-final. The Mullingar man survived a final round knockdown to see off his aggressive opponent....

Nevin started the fight on the back-foot, enjoying some success picking off the former World Youth champion's crude advances, but the pair were locked at 5-5 after the first, and the Mexican started the second well. The Irishman struggled to regain his poise as the Mexican began relying on heavy right hands, but Nevin's excellent movement blocked the majority of shots and his more patient approach saw him edge into a three point lead.

Nevin was forced to cling on to see the bout out after being dropped and clearly winded by a left hook to the body, but the judges rewarded his cleaner work.... [End Daily Mail item]

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 – 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 AMERICAN 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

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement…has good punching power, a good body puncher…had a tremendous amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 14 fights…53 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.7 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 92 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 1 (1-0)…