WBO featherweight titleholder Oscar Valdez will make his fourth world title defense on Mar. 10 at StubHub Center in Carson, California, against an opponent to be determined, sources tell FightNights.com.
Valdez (23-0, 19 KO’s), 26, of Mexico, won the vacant title back in July 2016 when he scored a second-round knockout of the previously undefeated Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Valdez has faced top competition since. He grinded out a win over the previously undefeated Genesis Servania in a grueling unanimous decision that saw both men on the canvas.
In April, the two-time Mexican Olympian squared off against his toughest opponent yet in Miguel Marriaga, also at the venue where Valdez will fight in March.
In the 10th round, Marriaga got off to a hot start, connecting with 10 blows, before Valdez countered with a beautiful left hand that dropped the Columbian on his back en-route to a unanimous decision win.
Valdez has looked vulnerable in his last couple of fights and is particularly susceptible to right hands. He has no “take it easy” punch so to speak. Everything he throws is with authority, and when that happens, sometimes his defense lets him down.
Servania, who had just two amateur fights, dropped Valdez with a hard right hand when the champion was backing up in the fourth round. He used up a lot of energy throwing hard jabs and straight right hands. After blocking a shot to the body, Valdez was a little bit gassed and was left wide open for the right.
This is something Valdez and his team must work on as he becomes a more seasoned, more experienced professional. Although his style is entertaining for the fans, he may have trouble later on.