Oscar valdez – top rank fighter

Valdez pounded Quigg with combinations, but Quigg’s extra bulk allowed him to take the punches. The fight was action-packed, especially the fifth round, when Quigg broke Valdez’s jaw. Valdez opened a cut over Quigg’s left eye and then suffered the jaw injury. Quigg also rocked Valdez with a right hand and appeared to have him in some trouble late in the round.

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Oscar said, “I was born in Nogales, Sonora. Then, when I was around one year old, my mother and father moved to Tucson, so they took me there as a baby. I did my elementary school there, first grade to fifth grade.

After that, my mother and father got a divorce and I went with my father back to Mexico. All of junior high I did in Mexico and high school, as well.

“My dad, he’s a manager. He used to work at the mines in Tucson. He used to box as an amateur. My mom works at a telephone company, she’s an operator. I’ve got a lot of brothers and sisters! I’m the oldest one. By my father and mother, there’s four of us. They got a divorce when I was 11 years old. My mom, after years, got married again with a great guy and had twins with him. My dad, he had a kid with another woman, then he got a divorce with her and had another child after that. But I don’t consider them stepbrothers – I’m the oldest, and I love them all. I’m the only boxer in my family. My brother is really good in school, so we’re kind of opposites. They’re all in school – I guess I’m the only one that likes sports. I’ve been athletic since I was a little kid. But I’ve got cousins that fight, and girl cousins that fight.

“I first went into the gym when I was eight years old and my first fight, I had it when I was nine. Ever since we were little my whole family was really into boxing. Ever since we were little babies – four or five years old – they would put the gloves on us, me and my little cousins, and we would just go at it! So, it was like a family thing, like ‘Whose son is better? Who’s the better cousin out of us?’ I just fell in love with the sport ever since. I never left it.

“I won only about four nationals in Mexico. The thing with me, I would always be the number one. I would go to the international tournaments. When there was a national tournament here in Mexico, whoever would get the gold medal would get to eliminate himself with me. I would come back from the internationals and eliminate whoever got the gold. I didn’t win a lot of nationals because I didn’t participate in them.

“My English wasn’t really that good until I went to Mexico City, to the training camp there. I did four years over there in Mexico City in the Olympic Village. A good friend of mine, Oscar Molina, also stayed there. He’s from Norwalk, California. We were roommates for four years and I didn’t speak nothing but English with him, so it got real good.

“Back home, I’ve got two alligators. I’ve had one for six years already. When I got him, it was about the size of a lizard, now it’s about my size! People think I’m kind of crazy, but I’m always cautious with them. Those guys in Thailand, they put their head inside their mouth, their hand inside their mouth. I would never do that! I used to have one in my house until he got real big. So, I took it over to a farm I have. I made a little pond for them and I keep them there.”…

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – London, England, 123 pounds: in his first fight on 7-28-12 he won a 14-9 decision against Shiva Thapa of India; in his second fight on 8-1-12 he won a 13-7 decision against Anvar Yunusov of Tajikistan; in the quarterfinals on 8-5-12 he lost a 19-13 decision against John Joe Nevin of Ireland; The Daily Mail reported [excerpts]: Ireland’s John Joe Nevin will add an Olympic medal to the two World Championship bronzes he has already won after beating Mexico’s Oscar Valdez 19-13 in their Olympic bantamweight quarter-final. The Mullingar man survived a final round knockdown to see off his aggressive opponent….

Nevin started the fight on the back-foot, enjoying some success picking off the former World Youth champion’s advances, but the pair were locked at 5-5 after the first, and the Mexican started the second well. The Irishman struggled to regain his poise as the Mexican began relying on heavy right hands, but Nevin’s excellent movement blocked the majority of shots and his more patient approach saw him edge into a three point lead.

2012 AMERICAS OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 123 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-5-12 he won an 18-8 decision against Jose Diaz of Venezuela; in his second fight on 5-6-12 he won a 15-9 decision against Oscar Negrete of Colombia; in the quarterfinals on 5-8-12 he won a 23-9 decision against Julio Cortez of Ecuador; in the semifinals 5-11-12 he won a 9-8 decision against Robenilson de Jesus Vieira of Brazil; in the finals on 5-12-12 he won a 29-11 decision against Alberto Melian of Argentina…

2012 INDEPENDENCE CUP – Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, 123 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-19-12 he won a 25-3 decision against Fernando Duran of Honduras; in the quarterfinals on 2-20-12 he won a 22-4 decision against Edwin Rodriguez of Puerto Rico; in the semifinals on 2-22-12 he won a 5-0 decision against William Encarnacion of Dominican Republic; in the finals on 2-23-12 he won a 4-1 decision against Diego de la Hoya of Mexico…

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES – Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 123 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 10-23-11 he won a 22-8 decision against Luis Porozo of Ecuador; in the semifinals on 10-25-11 he won a 23-10 decision against Robenilson de Jesus Vieira of Brazil; in the finals on 10-28-11 he lost a 19-15 decision against Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba…

2010 CENTRAL AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN GAMES – Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-26-10 he won a 6-2 decision against Angel Rodriguez of Venezuela; in the semifinals on 7-28-10 he won a 4-3 decision against Roberto Navarro of Dominican Republic; in the finals on 7-31-10 he won a 15-4 decision against Juan Reyes of Guatemala…

2010 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Quito, Ecuador, 125 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 6-15-10 he won a 14-4 decision against Juan Reyes of Guatemala; in the semifinals on 6-17-10 he won a 10-0 decision against Braulio Santos of Puerto Rico; in the finals on 6-18-10 he lost a 9-8 decision against Roberto Navarro of Dominican Republic…

2009 AIBA PRESIDENT´S CUP – Baku, Azerbaijan, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 12-9-09 he stopped Jean John Colin of Mauritius in the 1 st round; in the semifinals on 12-10-09 he won a 6-2 decision against Elshan Ismailov of Azerbaijan; in the finals on 12-11-09 he won a 7-2 decision against Dmitriy Polyansky of Russia…

2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Milan, Italy, 125 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 9-3-09 he won a 14-3 decision against Clive Atwell of Guyana; in his second fight on 9-6-09 he won a 16-11 decision against David Oliver Joyce of Ireland; in his third fight on 9-8-09 he won a 9-6 decision against Ju Min Jae of South Korea; in the quarterfinals on 9-9-09 he won a 14-9 decision against Azat Hovhannesyan of Armenia; in the semifinals on 9-11-09 he lost a 12-1 decision against Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine…

2009 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, 125 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 7-23-09 he won a 6-4 decision against Cesar Villarraga of Colombia; in the semifinals on 7-25-09 he won an 8-3 decision against Jorge Maysonet Jr. of Puerto Rico; in the finals on 7-26-09 he lost a 6-5 decision against Robson Conceicao of Brazil…

2008 WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS – Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 125 pounds/17-18 year-old division – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 10-25-08 he stopped Cobia Breedy of Barbados in the 2 nd round; in his second fight on 10-27-08 he won a 19-4 decision against Berik Koitayev of Kazakstan; in the quarterfinals on 10-29-08 he won a 13-1 decision against Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan; in the semifinals on 10-31-08 he stopped Oleg Scheffer of Ukraine in the 1 st round; in the finals on 11-1-08 he won a 12-0 decision against Maxim Dadashev of Russia…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 119 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 3-14-08 he won a 16-13 decision against John Wampash of Ecuador; in the semifinals on 3-17-08 he won a 14-12 decision against James Dean Pereira of Brazil; in the finals on 3-18-08 he lost a 15-4 decision against Yankiel Leon of Cuba…

3 RD WBO F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – On 9-22-17 in Tucson, AZ, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Genesis Servania (29-0): the bout headlined at the Convention Center, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Servania constantly pressed forward, but Oscar started fast, landed the harder punches, and swept the first three rounds on all three scorecards; Servania scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4 th round, but Oscar came back and scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 5 th; Servania rallied in the last seconds of the 6 th round and swept the round; the following rounds were close and fast-paced, but Oscar pressed forward at times and boxed and moved at others – he swept the 7 th, then won the 8 th, 9 th, and 10 th rounds on two scorecards; the fast pace continued and there were tremendous exchanges in the late rounds, but Oscar swept the 11 th and 12 th, and won by scores of 116-110, 115-111, 117-109…

2 ND WBO F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 4-22-17 in Carson, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against WBO No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Miguel Marriaga (25-1): the bout headlined at the StubHub Center and drew a crowd of 5,419 – it was fast-paced and exciting and had the fans on their feet; Marriaga constantly pressed forward and gave a very strong effort, but Oscar consistently out-boxed him, landed the harder punches, and built a lead on the scorecards – after five rounds, Oscar led by scores of 50-45, 49-46, 49-46; the momentum shifted back and forth in the middle rounds – Marriaga rallied in the 6 th round, scored with hard combinations, and won the round on two scorecards, but Oscar came back and swept the 7 th on all three scorecards; Marriaga rallied and won the 8 th round on two scorecards, but Oscar won the 9 th on two scorecards; Marriaga started the 10 th round strongly, but Oscar scored a knockdown with a left hook that dazed Marriaga for a 10-8 sweep in the round, then swept the 11 th and 12 th rounds and won by scores of 118-109, 119-108, 116-111…

1 ST WBO F WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – On 11-5-16 in Las Vegas, NY, he won by TKO (7 th round) against Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4): the bout was co-featured with the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas main event – Osawa gave a determined effort, but Oscar dominated the fight; he outworked Osawa, consistently landed the harder punches, and rocked him several times; Oscar scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 4 th round; he staggered Osawa with a series of punches in the 7 th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:50; after six rounds, Oscar led by scores of 60-53 on all three scorecards.

WON VACANT WBO F WORLD TITLE – On 7-23-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against previously undefeated Matias Rueda (26-0): the bout was co-featured with the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol main event, and Oscar quickly overpowered him; he rocked Rueda with several left hooks in the 1st round, then scored two knockdowns in the 2nd, both with left hooks to the body, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:18.

WON VACANT NABO F TITLE – On 4-9-16 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against former IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich (21-1-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. III main event – it ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout and stole the show; Gradovich pressed forward, but Oscar outboxed and outworked him and landed the harder punches; Gradovich’s face was bruised and battered, and he was cut over his right eye in the 1st round and over his left eye in the 2nd; Oscar scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook in the 4th round – Gradovich got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14.