TwitterFacebook

Oscar Valdez ready to make a splash at 130-pounds

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez 26-0 (20) returns to the ring when he takes on Andres Gutierrez 38-2-1 (25) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

“I’m just excited to be back. Andres Gutierrez is a very tough fighter and he is coming with everything. I feel good and I’m just ready to give a solid performance,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.

The fight will mark the super feather debut for the 28-year-old Mexican.

See Also

“This will benefit me a lot. My last fights I came in trying to lose weight. The healthier thing was for me to go up to 130. So I do feel this was the best decision I ever made,” said Valdez, who is coming off a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Jason Sanchez in June.

“I feel healthier and stronger. At 126, after the fifth or sixth round I didn’t feel as strong. I felt I didn’t have any punch or energy.”

Gutierrez has won three straight fights since coming up short in his world title bid against WBA champion Abner Mares two years ago. In his last bout he won a 12-round points decision over former world champion Tomas Rojas.

“Andres Gutierrez is a dangerous fighter. He’s been in with some dangerous fighters and he knows if he beats me. He gets a title shot,” Valdez said.

“I have to do whatever it takes to be victorious. He wants it just as bad as I do.”

The super featherweight division is stacked with talent. If Valdez gets past Gutierrez, there are tantalising matchups with WBC champion Miguel Berchelt, IBF titleholder Tevin Farmer, WBA boss Leo Santa Cruz and Rene Alvarado.

“There’s a lot of names out there and we have to take it. Step by step,” Valdez said.

Former world champion Carl Frampton will face Trevor McCrary in the co-feature bout.

“I would love to fight Frampton. That’s a fight that I’ve been wanting. Frampton is a big name, but I want Alacran Berchelt and he has that WBC belt. That is my dream bout,” Valdez said.

“There is just something about that belt. Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales those are my idols they’ve had those belts and I’d like to do the same.”

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum added: “Frampton and Valdez are two of the best in the weight category. There’s a lot of mixing and matching we can do. Frampton and Valdez win that would be a great match, I’m sure Josh Warrington would be a great match too.”

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Kell Brook tipped to take on Terence Crawford on November…

Kell Brook tipped to take on Terence Crawford on November 14

Former IBF welterweight champion Kell ‘Special K’ Brook 39-2 (27) looks to be in the box seat to challenge WBO 147-pound champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 36-0 (27) in November. The 34-year-old from Sheffield, Yorkshire lost his IBF strap to Errol S…

Jaron 'Boots' Ennis gunning for his 16th straight knockout on…

Jaron 'Boots' Ennis gunning for his 16th straight knockout on Saturday night

Fast-rising welterweight contender Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis 25-0 (23) won’t se satisfied with anything less than a knockout when he faces Juan Carlos Abreu 23-5-1 (21) in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville Connecticut on Sat…

Tugstsogt Nyambayar promises knockout, Cobia Breedy says that won't be…

Tugstsogt Nyambayar promises knockout, Cobia Breedy says that won't be happening

Featherweight contender Tugstsogt ‘King Tug’ Nyambayar 11-1 (9) has vowed not no make the same mistakes against Cobia ‘Soldier’ Breedy 15-0 (5) as he did against WBC 126-pound champion Gary Russell Jr 31-1 (18). The 28-year-old Mongolian, who figh…

Terrell Gausha ready to claim world title shot with victory…

Terrell Gausha ready to claim world title shot with victory over Erickson Lubin

Junior middleweight Terrell Gausha 21-1-1 (10) says he is in the best shape of his life ahead of his WBC world title eliminator against Erickson ‘The Hammer’ Lubin 22-1 (16) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday night. T…

Erickson Lubin vows to knockout Terrell Gausha, land another title…

Erickson Lubin vows to knockout Terrell Gausha, land another title shot

Junior middleweight contender Erickson ‘The Hammer’ Lubin 22-1 (16) has promised to go for the knockout when he meets Terrell Gausha 21-1-1 (10) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday night. “I had a tremendous training c…

Chris Eubank Jr calls out all the champions at middleweight

Chris Eubank Jr calls out all the champions at middleweight

WBA number one middleweight contender Chris Eubank Jr 29-2 (22) is demanding a shot at any of the world titleholders at 160-pounds. These include WBC champion Jermall Charlo, who is set to defend his belt against former world title challenger Serg…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US