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Oscar Valdez ready for war against Emanuel Navarrete on August 12

Oscar Valdez (centre) with Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Former two-weight world champion Oscar Valdez 31-1 (23) is not expecting an easy time of it when he challenges WBO super featherweight champion Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete 37-1 (31) at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona on August 12.

In his last all-Mexican bout two-and-a-half years ago, the 32-year-old Valdez delivered a vintage performance to stop Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt 38-3 (34) in 10 rounds to claim the WBC 130-pound world title.

Valdez lost the belt to WBO champion Shakur Stevenson 20-0 (10) in a unification bout last year and is now eager to become world champion once again.

“I’m excited. It’s getting close. It’s one of the most important fights of my career because it means everything for me to come back and win that title,” said Valdez, who has been training at Lake Tahoe.

“I feel blessed to have this opportunity and I’m taking advantage of it every single day so that I can accomplish my dream.”

Navarrete, 28, has consistently proven his doubters wrong since his lone career loss more than a decade ago. The former WBO super bantamweight and WBO featherweight champion — and reigning WBO super featherweight champion — has been unbeatable ever since.

With his long levers, heavy hands and determination to win, Navarrete is a difficult opponent to prepare for.

“We all know that Navarrete has an awkward style,” Valdez admitted. “We might not have the perfect sparring that can emulate his style. But we try to imitate him in the mittwork and strategy. He’s not your typical fighter that throws straight shots.”

Valdez has been preparing for Navarrete at altitude alongside his stablemate Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and trainer Eddy Reynoso.

He says there are no distraction in camp, allowing him to solely focus on Navarrete.

“I like training here in Lake Tahoe,” Valdez said. “It’s isolated from everybody. We’re up in the mountains. We’re training in great weather and at a great altitude. I love it here. It’s nice and relaxing. There’s no anxiety here. There’s clear air. It’s perfect for being focused on camp.”

Valdez says he is a throwback to the great Mexican fighters of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“I always tell people that I grew up during the era of Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera,” he said. “Those two fighters inspired me to be the fighter that I am today. So, to leave something similar in history would mean the world to me.

“I’m more motivated for this fight than any other fight I’ve been in. People are excited about this fight. Everywhere I go, I get the same question: ‘When are you going to fight Vaquero?’ And that’s because we all know that a war is coming.”

The Navarrete vs Valdez fight will be broadcast live on ESPN.