Two-time Mexican Olympian and current undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Oscar Valdez of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico is recuperating from a jaw injury and will be soon be returning to training, and he will do so under a new trainer.
Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs), 27 last fought on March 10 of this year and defeated Scott Quigg by unanimous decision at the StubHub Center in Carson, California to retain his 126 pound belt, but Quigg who was overweight at the weigh-in and came in as a much bigger man.
Valdez, who in a Fight of The Year type of battle was able to overcome Quigg, suffered a fracture in his jaw that required a long rest.
Having been declared fit by his doctors, Valdez his start training very soon for a return in the ring in early 2019 and he will be trained by Eddy Reynoso, who is best known as the coach for Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
“This is challenge for me, Oscar Valdez is a great fighter and one of my goals is to work on what’s necessary to make him a complete fighter. I think Oscar will bring the best out of me as a trainer, while I will bring the best out of him as a world champion and as a representative of Mexico," Eddy said.
Valdez appreciates what Robles has done for him.
“I want to thank Manny Robles in his whole team for everything they have done for me over the last few years, but like everything in life, changes are sometimes needed to move forward, I am very grateful to them for their friendship and all they have taught me," said Valdez
“We are very grateful for everything that Manny Robles and his team did for Oscar but as we move on to bigger challenges in Oscar career. We feel as a team that a new trainer is better suited for what’s ahead,” said Frank Espinoza.
Valdez represented Mexico in the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in London.
Valdez made his professional debut on November 3 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and stopped Angel Prado in the second round, he quickly became on the most popular boxer in the sport and blue chip prospect who became a true contender in April 9 , 2016 when he stopped former world champion Evgeny Gradovich in the fourth round in Las Vegas.
Valdez won the WBO featherweight championship in July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas wish an explosive second round stoppage of then undefeated contender Martin Ruedas of Argentina. Valdez has made four successful defenses of his belt, the last one being against Quigg on March 10 of this year.
“As a boxer you have to able to develop as much as you can and I believe that this change in trainers will help me become an even better all-around boxer and fighter. I want to be on the best fighters in the world and leave the best legacy that I can in boxing. And I will always work hard to achieve the greatness that I seek," said Valdez.