Undefeated world ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez has always considered Tucson his second home, it’s where he grew-up, where he took up boxing and where many of his relative live.

 

Undefeated world ranked featherweight Oscar Valdez has always considered Tucson his second home, it’s where he grew-up, where he took up boxing and where many of his relative live.

So for him this past Saturday was one of the most memorable of his professional career. “It was a great feeling to come to Tucson and fight. Coming into the ring and feeling all the support and knowing you have some many people supporting you is very special. It definitely was one of the best nights of my career so far,” said Valdez, after the fight.

In the ring, Valdez was very special too as he stopped a game Ernie Sanchez in the third round of the main event of “The Homecoming” that took place in the Tucson Arena.

Valdez look sharp from the first bell as he took the fight to the Filipino Sanchez, who had no problem engaging with the two-time Mexican Olympian. Valdez was quick and right on point with his powerful combinations thru the first two rounds as the crowd kept chanting his name thru the first two rounds.

“I felt good and I knew he wanted to fight. He came ready and was very strong. I knew the fight was going good and the fans would be entertained from the way he was fighting,” said Valdez.

In the third round Valdez continue to control the pace and in the middle of the round they both landed big left hooks at the same time, but Valdez shot was more powerful and sent Sanchez to the canvas, he got up but was in no condition to continue and the crowd exploded as the prodigal son had delivered on his promise of a spectacular fight.

“It was a great win but by no means perfect. I made some mistakes and that last left hook he landed I felt it. It was good performance but I know can still do better,” said Valdez.

So for 2015, Valdez ended at 4-0 with three KOs and his last two wins against Chris Avalos in September and Sanchez on Saturday might have been the two best overall performance of his young professional career.

“I was very happy with my year in 2015 and I am now looking forward to an even better 2016. If the world championship fight comes next great if not, then I will just wait for my opportunity and be ready when it does come,” said Valdez.

As far as Tucson becoming his home base, Top Rank and his manager Frank Espinoza hope that this will be a great place for Valdez to continue to grow his fan base.

“I think this first time here in Tucson was good. He had people come see him from Nogales, Sonora and it was obvious that he can be very big here. I would like to bring him back and I know Top Rank would like that too,” said Frank Espinoza.

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

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