Oscar  Valdez
Weightclass:
Age:
24
Birthplace:
Nogales Sonora, Mexico
Record:
13-0, 12 KOs
Height:
5'6"
Reach:
69"
Managers:
Frank Espinoza
Trainers:
biography

Twitter: @OscarValdez56
Ranked NABF #10, WBC #20 at 130 pounds…
NABF Youth featherweight champion, one successful defense…
Former NABF Youth 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 – with 24 coming two days after this fight – 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.
He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress. This is his sixth fight in 2014, and he fought six times in 2013. 12 of his 13 wins have been by knockout.
In his last fight on November 15, Oscar won by seventh-round TKO against Alberto Garza.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Valdez, a two-time Mexican Olympian, is one of boxing best prospects and seems like he is on his way to big things....
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – 1ST NABF YOUTH F TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight 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, and Oscar dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Garza, and rocked him repeatedly; he staggered Garza with a series of unanswered punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29…
WON VACANT NABF YOUTH F TITLE – on 7-26-14 in Phoenix, AZ, 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 YOUTH SF TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-17-14 in Inglewood, CA, he won by TKO (6th round) against 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 YOUTH 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...
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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. My brother is really good in school, so we're kind of opposites. They're all in school – I guess I'm the only one that likes sports. I've been athletic since I was a little kid. But I've got cousins that fight, and girl cousins that fight. I've got a cousin that's going to the NFL. He's from Ohio. I've got family all over the place.
"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...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @OscarValdez56
  • Ranked NABF #10, WBC #20 at 130 pounds…
  • NABF Youth featherweight champion, one successful defense…
  • Former NABF Youth 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 – with 24 coming two days after this fight – 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.

He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress. This is his sixth fight in 2014, and he fought six times in 2013. 12 of his 13 wins have been by knockout.

In his last fight on November 15, Oscar won by seventh-round TKO against Alberto Garza.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Valdez, a two-time Mexican Olympian, is one of boxing best prospects and seems like he is on his way to big things. He has a crowd-pleasing style but his defense and skills are pretty solid also. He is developing into a complete fighter and showed no let up against the ultra-experienced Garza.

Garza was game but outgunned against Valdez, whose two-handed attack was impressive. In the sixth round he really broke through against Garza, hurting him with three rights hands to the head. Garza had been active, but quite ineffective with his punches.

Valdez was pitching a shutout as they went to the seventh round when he ended the fight. He was on the attack and hammering Garza with rights and lefts. During the onslaught a right hand snapped Garza's head back when he was along the ropes and [the] referee stepped in to stop the fight with 1 minute, 29 seconds left in the round. [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.

"Everybody's excited that I'm fighting on HBO, but I think I'm the most excited of all! I can't wait to be up there!

"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."

Oscar is the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two different Olympic Games – at the age of 17 in 2008 he competed in Beijing, 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, as well, 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.

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.

Manager Frank Espinoza said, "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. [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – 1ST NABF YOUTH F TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight 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, and Oscar dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Garza, and rocked him repeatedly; he staggered Garza with a series of unanswered punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29…

WON VACANT NABF YOUTH F TITLE – on 7-26-14 in Phoenix, AZ, 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 YOUTH SF TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-17-14 in Inglewood, CA, he won by TKO (6th round) against 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 YOUTH 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 a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round – Barajas got up, but Oscar staggered him with a right hand and the referee stopped the fight 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 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 bout 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 bout 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 bout 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 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…

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, 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. My brother is really good in school, so we're kind of opposites. They're all in school – I guess I'm the only one that likes sports. I've been athletic since I was a little kid. But I've got cousins that fight, and girl cousins that fight. I've got a cousin that's going to the NFL. He's from Ohio. I've got family all over the place.

"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…

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 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 lost 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 good skills and movement…has an aggressive style and good punching power…had a tremendous amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2 years, 1 month…13 fights…48 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.6 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 92 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…7 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 1 (1-0)…