By Ryan Maquiñana
Featherweight Oscar Valdez Fierro, who represented Mexico in both the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games, will make his debut on Nov. 3 at the Centro de Usos Multiples (CUM) in his hometown of Hermosillo, Mexico, according to his manager Frank Espinoza.
“We’re really excited for him to make his pro debut in Hermosillo,” Espinoza told BoxingScene.com. “He’s been training really hard for this, and he’s ready to make the move to the next level.”
Valdez, a devastating body puncher, is one of Mexico’s most accomplished amateurs in recent memory, having won gold at the 2008 AIBA Youth World Championships, bronze at the 2009 AIBA Senior World Championships, and silver at last year’s Pan American Games.
In London this summer, the 21-year-old impressed observers with victories in his first two bouts in the 123-pound Olympic tournament before falling to eventual silver medalist John Joe Nevin of Ireland in the quarterfinals. The competitive contest was a close bout that many members of the Mexican press felt should have gone Valdez’s way.
According to Espinoza, Valdez has still not signed a promotional contract and will choose from three offers sometime in the next week. One would figure Top Rank and Golden Boy would be in the mix given their alliances with Mexican broadcast giants TV Azteca and Televisa, respectively.
Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com and currently writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.