Bob Arum Reveals the Likely Opponent for Oscar Valdez’s First Title Defense

Published 04/28/2021, 1:41 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Oscar Valdez is victorious as he defeats Miguel Berchelt for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)


Oscar Valdez beat Miguel Berchelt with an electrifying knockout in February to grab the world title. Now, he is all set to return in just about six months to defend his spot atop the mountain. The newly crowned WBC super featherweight champion seems to have received the offer for his first title defense. He could put his belts on the line against his amateur nemesis, Robson Conceicao, in August or September.

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Top Rank Kingpin Bob Arum connected with Boxing Scene and shed light on Valdez’s first title defense. While Robson Conceicao had beaten Valdez at the amateur level, Arum has already cited it to be a good fight.

“We’re planning a Valdez fight against Conceicao. That’s a good fight,” said Bob Arum.

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Meanwhile, Oscar Valdez’s manager, Frank Espinosa, has also hailed the Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao. He claimed Valdez would be very interested in this fight.

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16-0 as a pro, ‘Nino’ Conceicao has gone on a tear in the 130 lbs division. He has 8 knockouts under his belt and is on the verge of grabbing a title. Hence, the Brazilian might not hesitate to put on a clinical show against Valdez, to ensure his victory.

LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Oscar Valdez knocks-out Miguel Berchelt during their fight for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Arum continued, “That’s a tough, good fight. Oscar figures to win but the other guy, Conceicao, is an Olympic gold medalist, undefeated and he beat Oscar in the amateurs. He’s not a concussive puncher, but he’s very skillful. It’s a tough fight. Without (Eddy) Reynoso (as Valdez’s trainer) I would make it a much closer fight. (Conceicao) is very excited.”

Oscar Valdez vs Robson Conceicao: Preview

Oscar Valdez will walk into the bout with a height and reach disadvantage against Robson Conceicao. This may have fans positioning the challenger as the favorite, but Valdez is a champion who has negated many on-paper disadvantages.

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He has been unfazed by any challenge and can rightfully avenge the amateur loss against ‘Nino’. While both men will put their unbeaten records on the line, the world title fight can be severely intense to watch. Valdez and Conceicao will have their chances to win.

What do you make of this clash? Who do you think will win?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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