Oscar Valdez Yearns For Gary Russell Unification Bout

By Steve Kim

2016 was a big one for Oscar Valdez (21-0, 19 KOs) as he fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a world champion. On July 23rd he blew out Matias Rueda in two rounds to capture the WBO featherweight title.

He made the first defense of that crown on November 5th by stopping Japanese challenger, Hiroshige Osawa in seven. Now, he'd like to consolidate the division.

Valdez said to in a recent interview - "If it were up to me I'd unify my title. There's a lot of good fighters out there. You got great fighters like Lee Selby, Abner Mares, (Leo) Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton and those are fights people want to see and I would want to fight those guys.

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When asked if there was one particular fight he yearns for the most, he answered - "Gary Russell (27-1, 16 KOs) because he has that green (WBC) belt."

Currently the featherweight division is filled with well-regarded belt-holders and solid contenders.

"They're all very good fighters, I've got nothing but respect for them, it's nothing personal but if you want to be considered the best you have to fight the them - so why not?," said Valdez, from the Jackrabbit Boxing Academy in Long Beach where he put his days work with trainer Manuel Robles.

As of now, Valdez does not have his next fight scheduled.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cheeko12 on 01-24-2017

[QUOTE=O.K.! 2.0;17366571]Trust me, Russell Jr does not want any part of Loma! He knows Loma is on his way up in weight & is blowing smoke because he knows he got exposed by Loma. He will be fighting another TBA…

Comment by Cheeko12 on 01-24-2017

Valdez should stay away from mr. Russell. I only see loma beating gary thats it. Russell early stoppage

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 01-20-2017

[QUOTE=budfr;17367309]you momma may be the local community landscaper, redneck[/QUOTE] Layoff the estrogen and man up baby

Comment by budfr on 01-20-2017

[QUOTE=TexasCowBoy;17366762]Hahahahaha......okay lets get one thing corrected.....russell does not want anything to do with Lomachenko.....russell was yelling like maria Sharapova from the 6th round forward when he fought this oscar kid is deceiving....he looks like the local community landscaper but…

Comment by budfr on 01-20-2017

you momma may be the local community landscaper, redneck

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