Oscar Valdez Way
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Oscar Valdez says he can do a lot of things inside that ring.
By Igor Frank
Former Mexican Olympian, Oscar Valdez could probably walk from” The Rock” boxing gym where he currently trains to his next fight, a ten round featherweight contest against fellow Mexican banger, Ruben Tamayo. It is scheduled to take place on June 27th, 2015 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California on the undercard of main event, a WBO welterweight championship bout between Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas. HBO will televise both fights live.
“Every time there is a fight at Stub Hub Center,” said Valdez last week during a media work out at Justine Fortune’s Gym in Hollywood, California:"There are always good fights, so I am going to try to do my best to put up a good show and give people what they want.”
What do people want? Violence and knock outs. So far twenty two year old Valdez (15-0,14KO’S) has not been a disappointment; he has stopped fourteen out of fifteen of his professional foes. The only opponent of Valdez who was able to hear the final bell was a local veteran Juan Ruiz who was basically there to survive and who was deducted a point for excessive holding.
Tamayo represents a step up in competition. Still, could fans expect another spectacular knock out?
“ Every time I go inside the ring I never visualize myself going for a knock out,” said Valdez: “ I always try to focus like I am going the distance and I try to work on my stamina, but if a knock out comes it comes.”
Following an extensive amateur career that included 2008 and 2012 Olympics, Valdez turned pro at the end of 2012 under the tutelage of well known Southern California trainer, Clemente Medina. Medina is currently training a number of former Mexican Olympians such as Abner Mares and Alfredo Angulo.
Valdez switched trainers about a year ago and moved to “The Rock” gym in Carson to train with Manny Robles.” This will be our 5th fight together,” said coach Robles:” training together as a team; coach and boxer and it’s been going pretty well.”
It became obvious early that Valdez was more suited for professional ranks of boxing. His aggressive style and vaunted left hook to the body had attracted Mexican fans like bees to honey.
“He is a Mexican fighter who loves going to the body, “confirmed coach Robles:” So I think it’s probably his biggest attribute.” You don’t get to two Olympiads without knowing how to box, but that is the facet of Valdez’s game fans hasn’t seen yet. That might change this Saturday against rugged veteran Ruben Tamayo (25-5-4,17KO’S).
“This kid is a talented fighter,” continued Robles:” And I want him to be able to exploit his talent and for the world to see that this kid can box.”
The boxing world is anxious to see the talents and the skills of twenty two year old Oscar Valdez who will be featured on HBO for the first time.
“I am always in shape and I am always going to be prepared,” said Valdez sporting a neon yellow tank top that accentuates his muscular frame:” And if a plan A doesn’t work we are going to try to switch it up. I could do a lot of things inside that ring; if boxing isn’t working I can brawl.”
Tune in June 27th or better yet come down to Stub Hub Center, which Tim Bradley dubbed a war ground, and see it live.
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