Oscar Valdez Reveals His Massive Plans in the 130 Lbs Division

Published 08/23/2021, 6:30 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)


29-0 as a pro, Oscar Valdez will have his first WBC world title defense against Robson Conceicao on September 21 at Tucson. Following a sensational KO over Miguel Berchelt for the title in February, the upcoming collision can cement Valdez’s impeccable dominance in the division, which will also open his way to moving in other weight classes.

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However, Valdez claims he has a lot of tasks left in the 130lbs roster. While a world title and an unbeaten tag are already on board, the Mexican pugilist now wants to unify all the titles under his name. That said, he isn’t going anywhere for now.

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Valdez is one of the brightest names of his division and an elite-level warrior of modern-era boxing. That said, his surging stardom has turned him into one of the most profitable faces for the business. The 30-year-old has several potential moves on his radar at this stage. However, he seems to have opted to be a unified champion first.

Ahead of his in-ring return, Valdez revealed his career goals and said, “There are still a lot of goals. I want to accomplish right now. There, is a lot I have to do in the junior lightweight division. I want to unify the division and face all the big names at 130 lbs.” 

Akin to his status, several other champions currently reign over the weight class. So, a unification call will urge the Mexican star to go against all of them. It will materialize several fan-favorite bouts. But will also endanger Valdez’s blemish-free run of dominance.

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Oscar Valdez and his goals at the division

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Jamel Herring and Gervonta Davis currently hold the WBO and WBA belts at 130, with the IBF strap being vacant. The Interim champion list has more names, like Shakur Stevenson, who can offer a tough time to Valdez. Besides, these fighters will test the WBC champion to his core.

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)

So Valdez’s plan appears lucrative at this point. The other divisions, like lightweight and super lightweight, have their own championship picture with relevant contenders. Oscar Valdez doesn’t need to intervene in their trend. He already has a lot to look at his natural weight class and a unification bout is what will help him become the superstar of the time.

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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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