WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is ready to jump up in weight, to pursue his quest of becoming a two division world titlist.
Recently, the World Boxing Organization had ordered Valdez to make a mandatory defense against unbeaten Olympic silver medal winner Shakur Stevenson - but the undefeated Mexican boxer is far more interested in moving up in weight.
“It’s time! I’ve always wanted to become a multi-division champion,” said Valdez in a statement to BoxingScene.com. “I think I would feel more comfortable at that weight too. 126-pounds is getting harder to make after seven years as a featherweight, so I think moving to 130 pounds would make more sense.”
Valdez has defended his featherweight title six times but one of his dreams is to earn titles in several weight classes.
“Most of the fighters I admire have won several titles and I want that too,” Valdez said.
Veteran manager Frank Espinoza is fully supporting Valdez on his move up in weight.
“Oscar has accomplished quite a bit as a featherweight but he’s someone that always wants to take things to the next level. He’s a true champion and always looking to put himself in a situation where he can pursue greatness. This is what this move is all about. It’s about Oscar’s desire to create history within the sport," Espinoza said.
And Valdez is not interested in easy fights, he wants the toughest names in the weight division.
“We’re definitely interested in jumping in against the biggest names available in that weight class. We’re ready to go up against champions Miguel Berchelt, Jamel Herring and Tevin Farmer,” said Valdez.
“I’m a fighter and my job is to fight. I’ll fight whoever Frank puts in front of me. I want a second world title and god willing there will also be a third world title in my future.”