By Miguel Rivera
WBO featherweight beltholder Oscar Valdez will be back in the ring on June 8, according to sources close to the world champion. However, there is still no opponent set in stone and the details of the event are still being worked out for Valdez's second fight of the year.
ESPN Deportes reveals that Valdez was recently given this date. Valdez will have several months of rest after returning to the ring earlier this year with his fifth defense of the World Boxing Organization championship against Italian contender Carmine Tommasone.
In that fight, Valdez made his debut with renowned Mexican coach Eddy Reynoso and looked solid, both offensively and defensively, against an opponent like the Olympian Tommasone who could do little, falling by way of knockout in seven round. In that fight, Oscar improved his professional record to 25-0 and 20 knockouts.
Oscar's effort in that battle allowed him to get his first knockout victory in more than two years, since the previous one took place when he stopped Hiroshige Osawa in November 2016.
At 28 years old, the fighter managed by Frank Espinoza and promoted by Top Rank will seek the big fights in 2019, and the arrival of Carl Frampton to Top Rank will surely increase the chances of seeing them collide in the future; however, there is no certainty that the former Irish champion will be his opponent for June 8.
In a recent interview, Frampton made it known that he was ready to enter a direct fight with Valdez.
Some time ago there was talk of a unification, and surely the name of Leo Santa Cruz could appear as one of the most attractive options, above other champions like Josh Warrington or Gary Russell. Until now, the only one available among them is Santa Cruz, who is also looking for a unifying contest.