“The Only Difference Is That I’ve Taken Herbal Tea”- Oscar Valdez Justifies His Drug Failure

Published 09/07/2021, 11:48 PM 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)


Despite testing positive for banned substance phentermine, the WBC featherweight champion, Oscar Valdez, isn’t really in trouble. He will still defend his belt against Robson Conceicao on Sept 10 in an ESPN PPV. Neither Pascua Yaqui Tribe Athletic Commission nor WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has imposed any major punishment on their champion.

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However, Valdez has constantly justified himself to the fans. He released an official statement right after ESPN broke the news. It didn’t set him free from criticisms, though. That said, even if he wins his next fight, critics can still look down at him.

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Valdez, preparing for his first title defense, hasn’t stopped explaining his medical setback. Following an official statement, he has connected with the media once again to reveal more insights from his latest fight camp.

Oscar Valdez told Mark Kriegel, “We’ve literally never done anything different as far as taking other supplements. The only difference is that I have taken herbal tea… I was taking several types of teas. I gave up coffee a while back and I started taking more herbal teas. And just trying different types of teas was the only difference that I have done in this training camp, and that’s one of the reasons why I think that’s possibility it.”  

Losing the fight can bring him a dooming misfortune. The Mexican prodigy is 29-0 as a professional with 23 KOs to his name. And surging star ‘Nino’ Conceicao isn’t the biggest name in his resume. So Valdez cannot afford to lose, especially with the latest revelations of his medical condition.

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Oscar Valdez vs Robson Conceicao- Featherweight Thriller

The 12-round featherweight main event will happen at the Casino Del Sol in Tuscon, Arizona, USA. Top Rank Promotions will host the event with an intriguing fight card. Japanese boxer Junto Nakatani will defend his WBO flyweight title against Angel Acosta in the co-main. So, there’s over one reason to keep a watch on the event.

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You can also buy the tickets online from ticketsmarter.com. The price range varies vastly, starting from $59/ea to $432/ea. Apart from the main and co-main, seven more fights will happen on the card, making it one of the most stacked combat events of the month.

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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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