By Miguel Rivera
In search of making his biggest dream in boxing a reality, which is to become a top Mexican icon, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is delighted about the possibility of facing big challenges in 2018.
And the first big challenge is being lined up in the form of former world champion Scott Quigg, and that fight would take place on March 10 at the StubHub Center in California.
"I think Quigg is a solid fighter with a big name in boxing," said Valdez to ESPN Deportes. "I know the fight is not going to be anything easy, but at this level, and as a world champion, no fight will be easy."
Currently training in Sonora, but ready to pack his bags to concentrate in Guadalajara, Jalisco, for the next few weeks, Oscar believes that challenges like Quigg, and those who come after him, will allow him to continue climbing towards his greatest goal in boxing - which is to be an idol.
"My mentality is to grow as a fighter and every fight can move me forward in search of my dream - which is to become a boxer who is recognized as one of the best," said Valdez, who is just waiting for the official announcement of the fight, after it was recently revealed that both sides are very close to reaching an agreement.
Valdez is managed by renowned manager Frank Espinoza and trained by Manny Robles, who works with a full stable of fighters like Irish Olympian Michael Conlan.
On the other hand, on the same evening of March 10, the expected return of WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno is expected to take place. Magdaleno is the teammate of Valdez and will also train in Guadalajara with Espinoza Boxing.
According to Frank Espinoza, Jessie is going to wait for the outcome of Saturday's fight between Cesar Juarez and Isaac Dogboe- who fight for the interim-WBO super bantamweight belt - because the winner could very well become Magdaleno's next opponent.