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Jayson Velez Explains Why He Selected Oscar Valdez Over Chris Colbert

Junior lightweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez had two options on his hands.

The first was to challenge Chris Colbert for the interim-World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight championship. However, for this he would have to wait until the fall.

The other option was to face Oscar Valdez (27-0, 21 KO) on July 21 as the main event fight on a Top Rank show at the "The Bubble" inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Vélez opted for the second option for a variety of reasons.

"Valdez is a better known boxer, economically he is better and we have a date. It is a fight that I like more than Colbert, because Valdez fits my style better," Velez told Carlos Gonzalez.

Preliminarily, Vélez (29-6-1, 21 KO) was in line to be Colbert's opponent, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellations of events in the United States and the fight was up in the air.

"I was training to fight Colbert, but there was no talk of a contract. They made me an offer for Valdez and I accepted it. Colbert does not have the recognition of Valdez, and besides that he was going to move because of his more elusive and difficult style. Valdez will come to me and people know that I like a war. I will not have to go look for him,” said the 32-year-old Puerto Rican.

“Even without Valdez having a world title, he was a [former] champion with many defenses. If one asks about Chris Colbert, very few know who he is. Most know who Valdez is. The decision did not have to be put on a scale. It is a fight that I've wanted since I was at 126 pounds.

“They had told me about the possibility of fighting Valdez six weeks ago, so I did have the time [to prepare] and I was training anyway. It's a matter of changing the gauntlets and a little bit of the strategy, but basically everything else is the same. His style fits with mine."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 07-09-2020

[QUOTE=Kannabis Kid;20648453]That fight was very close Arboleda won most the early rounds but I can see your point Velez came on very strong and almost had him out of there in the later rounds and I wouldn't have been mad…

Comment by Corelone on 07-08-2020

It may be a more exciting fight, but Valdez is easier to hit. Colbert is a puzzle, Valdez is a bull. Nobody will complain, because it's a good matchup, but it's a backhand compliment for Colbert. Colbert needs his day,…

Comment by Mighty_Windir on 07-08-2020

Go get em tiger. Bring home the gold :beerchug:

Comment by Kannabis Kid on 07-08-2020

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;20648333]Velez was robbed in his last fight against Arbodela so he deserves a big fight and that was one of the best fights of the year as well! Valdez is in transitions of his old style to a more defensive…

Comment by Greenfield02 on 07-08-2020

This actually is a solid good match up compared to what Top Rank has been putting on. I know Velez at this point is more of a gatekeeper, but has a solid chin, decent power, and tuff as nails, he…

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