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Oscar Valdez vs. Miguel Marriaga Could Be Coming Up

By Miguel Rivera

The return of WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (21-0, 19KOs) could take place in April, either on tentative dates of the 8th or 22nd of that month.

According to WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, a mandatory defense of his organization's featherweight title is long overdue.

The mandatory challenger to the title is hard puncher Miguel Marriaga (25-1, 21 KOs). The only loss on Marriaga came by way of decision to former world champion Nicholas Walters in June of 2015.

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Marriaga became the mandatory last August after knocking out Guy Robb. He came back in December and knocked out Eduardo Montoya.

Valdez captured the vacant title last July after knocking out Matias Rueda. He made his first defense in November with a one-sided beatdown of
Hiroshige Osawa.

"It's been a while since [a mandatory defense of that title was made]. Oscar Valdez had to make a mandatory fight within six months of winning the title, and Top Rank has that fighter and they're looking for a date on HBO," Valcárcel told ESPN Deportes.

Marriaga is also promoted by Top Rank.

Valdez could potentially appear on the undercard where Vasyl Lomachenko will stake his WBO super featherweight title against Jason Sosa on April 8 at the MGM National Harbor Of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

And the other option would be a pairing on April 22 in Los Angeles, California, where Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramírez will make his long awaited return and defend of his WBO super middleweight title for the very first time, against battle tested Max Bursak .

Top Rank had interest in matching Valdez against former world champion Nonito Donaire, but the Filipino veteran rejected that proposal. Donaire, who competes at 122 pounds, cited his concerns with fighting in the featherweight division.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigZ44 on 02-18-2017

This is the perfect next step up for Valdez imo. I love what I've seen from him so far, but Marriaga will be his best opponent to date. Excited for this fight to materialize

Comment by boxingitis on 02-18-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;17433458]The fence is real; every single one of the names that you've mentioned are on the side of the fence that doesn't bend to Bob Arum, and that's not going to change anytime soon. According to BoxRec, the top 7…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 02-18-2017

[QUOTE=boxingitis;17433090]Marez, Gary Russell, Lee Selby, Frampton, or LSC he needs one of these names.[/QUOTE] The fence is real; every single one of the names that you've mentioned are on the side of the fence that doesn't bend to Bob Arum,…

Comment by richardt on 02-18-2017

If Valdez doesnt learn to vary the intensity on his punches instead of winging every shot from the fences as a home run, he is going to wear down or get caught during a fight and someone like Marriaga is…

Comment by boxingitis on 02-17-2017

Marez, Gary Russell, Lee Selby, Frampton, or LSC he needs one of these names.

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