Headline NewsOpponent Watch

Óscar Valdez eyes Frampton etc – “Why not make these fights?”

WBO featherweight champion Óscar Valdez [21(19)-0] is hoping to fight a big name in the near future.

Indeed the 26 year old Mexican was an interested observer last month when Belfast’s Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz rematched for the WBA portion of the 126lbs crown.

‘El Terremoto’ would prevail in Las Vegas to level the scores at 1-1 following a majority decision win to reclaim the title.

While Frampton is now especially keen to rematch, Valdez would happily take a fight with either.

Looking back at the fight, Valdez told IFL TV that “I thought it was a very good fight and, of course, I felt Léo deserved the fight. The first fight I did see Léo lose, I saw Frampton win, it was a good decision. This time Léo proved that he could also box, he did exactly what he said he was going to do.”

Valdez, a new team mate of Mick Conlan at The Rock Gym, is open to facing either fighter or indeed any of the big names in a weight class that also includes Gary Russell Jr, Abner Mares, and Lee Selby.

The two-time Mexican Olympian stressed that “I’m ready to fight those guys. I want to show the world that I’m THE world champion. I got faith in myself that I can win I’ll gladly take any of those fights, I’ll fight any of them.”

“Why not make these fights? The people want to see them, let’s make them.”

Watch Óscar Valdez’s interview with IFL TV in full below:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie