“It’s a F***ing Disgrace” – Tony Bellew Weighs In on Oscar Valdez’s Upcoming Fight

Published 09/07/2021, 11:30 AM EDT


These days, controversies surround the WBC super-featherweight champ, Oscar Valdez after his tests came positive for phentermine, i.e. a central nervous stimulant that is banned by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Valdez has a fight aligned for September 10 against Robson Conceicao and many boxing pundits expected this fight to get canceled for obvious reasons. However, this bout is still on and it’ll go as planned.

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This came in as a shock to several fans and fighters around the world. Recently, Tony Bellew went all out on the same and he gave an honest opinion.

Speaking exclusively to iFL TV, he said, “It’s a f***ing disgrace the fight is going ahead. What the f***’s gonna go on if that boy gets hurt? Someone tell me… If Conceicao gets hurt in that fight, that could be the end of boxing.” (h/t Michael Benson)

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Valdez, who displays an immaculate track record, transitioned his focus to the super-featherweight division a couple of years back. With time, he put on some noteworthy performances and kept climbing the ladders of success at this weight class.

However, his ultimate break came when he entered a title showdown with Miguel Berchelt. With his brilliance, Valdez completely smothered Berchelt and won the WBC super-featherweight strap. Citing the way the champ performed, Bellew, in his above comments, expressed his concern for Conceicao.

Moreover, Valdez tested positive for a banned stimulant and he’s still getting to fight. This might be scary for his opponent.

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Is Tony Bellew correct in his comments on Oscar Valdez?

Tony Bellew bluntly put his opinion out and he truly shared his concerns pertaining to Valdez’s opponent, Robson Conceicao.

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Going into this fight, the champ will have an advantage and this might not bode well for his contemporary. That being said, the sanctioning bodies and VADA should give a thought to Bellew’s comments. As of now, the fight is still on, and it will be interesting to see if any interventions take place.

What do you draw of Bellew’s comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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