Oscar Valdez Return Eyed For May or June - Then Unification

By Miguel Rivera

Top Rank expects WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez to take part in the big fights at featherweight in the near future, before moving up to super featherweight in search of a new challenge in his career.

And if Miguel Berchelt, another Mexican champion, remains at 130-pounds, he would not hesitate to face him.

Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, expects Valdez to fight again in May or June, and then look for a unification with any of the available champions available before a rise to super featherweight.


"Valdez is going to fight in May or June, and then possibly after that a unification before the end of the year or maybe move up to 130 pounds, and if he follows (Miguel) Berchelt - it would be a very interesting fight," said Moretti to ESPN Deportes.

"For the time being he came back well, he came back from an injury and removed the rust that he had. It's time to see him in the big fights."

In his most recent triumph, Valdez easily defeated Italian contender Carmine Tommasone. It was Valdez's first bout in 10 months and for the first time with trainer Eddy Reynoso running the corner.

The performance by Valdez, who is managed by Frank Espinoza, pleased Top Rank very much.

"We want the unification fight. We know that Josh Warrington will have a mandatory fight and we do not know if he will be available for June, let's see what his promoter Frank Warren says. And if that big fight does not come, the unification that he and we all want, then he can go to 130 pounds, let's see what happens," Moretti said.

The possibility of the fight between Berchelt and Valdez may be high - because Zanfer Promotions, the company that promotes Berchelt, has a good relationship with Top Rank. Berchelt's last fight of 2018, against Miguel Roman, was carried by ESPN. And his upcoming rematch with Francisco Vargas will also be carried by the network, which has an exclusive content deal with Top Rank.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigZ44 on 02-23-2019

Really hope this defense is in Tucson

Comment by Phill lynott on 02-22-2019

I just gotta hope the matchups I like to see are fighters with the same promoter and their posse promotties. Hoping for real matchups that should be is foolish. Sorta like baseball and AL vs NL. Just doesn't happen watching…

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