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Oscar Valdez Hungers To Face The Other Champions at 126

By Steve Kim

WBO featherweight belt-holder Oscar Valdez defends his title this Saturday night from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, versus the tough Miguel Marriaga.

If Valdez had his way, he'd be involved in fights against the other world champions in his division like Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby and Gary Russell Jr. All three of those boxers, like Valdez, have mandatory defenses coming up - Santa Cruz with Abner Mares, Selby with Jonathan Barros, and Russell with Oscar Escandon.

"Those are the fights I was expecting to get but they made it a mandatory with Miguel Marriaga. I like the competition with (Marriaga), lets get it on. A lot of people may not know him but he's a tough fighter," said Valdez of Marriaga (25-1, 21 KO's), who's one loss came at the hands of Nicholas Walters. "He can be up there with any of those guys that have a belt."

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Valdez (21-0, 19 KO's) won his title last summer by halting Matias Rueda in two rounds and then made the first defense of the WBO title on November 5th on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas pay-per-view undercard at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, where he stopped Hiroshige Osawa in seven.

In Marriaga, he is probably facing his best opponent to date.

"Oh definitely, I agree," said Valdez on Monday morning from the Rock in Carson, California, where he was shaking out.

"I study all my opponents every time I'm going to fight them and we've seen Miguel Marriago and I imagine him fighting all my other opponents, like ( Evgeny) Gradovich, Chris Avalos and I picture Miguel Marriago beating all of them. So to this day, he's my toughest opponent."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by boxingitis on 04-20-2017

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;17605396]So Crawford should break his HBO contract and come fight Thurman on PBC? Ok. I'm done with you.[/QUOTE] Sure why not, if Haymon has so much money. Contracts end and u should see boxers running to Al Haymon, but…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-20-2017

[QUOTE=filup79;17604204]Crawford vs Felix was only made because Arum got options for his future fights, something Dibella didn't want but had to agree to just make the fight. [url]http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/18979044/terence-crawford-felix-diaz-agree-20-showdown-newark-nj[/url] [/QUOTE] LOL standard boxing bs. If someone writes a real boxer protection…

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 04-19-2017

[QUOTE=boxingitis;17605342]Crawford clearly challenge DSG on sicial media and he probably outclasses him. When ever Haymon offers Crawford a fight with good Money he and Arum will take it. Khan was offer the fight from Goldenboy, Chavez was offer the fight…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 04-19-2017

Top Rank needs to step it up and put Valdez in with better fighters. He's ready

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 04-19-2017

[QUOTE=boxingitis;17605327][B][SIZE="3"]Errol Spence is not PBC top Welterweight Thurman and Garcia are.[/SIZE][/B][/QUOTE] Stop. This conversation is over. When you refuse to acknowledge facts, and make up alternative facts, there's no more to discuss.

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