Junior lightweight Valdez inks Top Rank deal


WBC junior lightweight champion Oscar Valdez has signed a new multifight contract with Top Rank, including his first defense of that belt this fall.

The 30-year-old Valdez won the title in his last fight, upsetting Miguel Berchelt on Feb. 20. He is 29-0 with 23 knockouts, including winning four of his past five fights by knockout or technical knockout.

“I want to thank Bob Arum and Todd duBoef for their confidence in my abilities,” Valdez said in a news release announcing the deal. “I will not let them down. I also want to thank my manager, Frank Espinoza, for securing a great deal for me. This is a wonderful moment in my career, and I’m grateful to God for my blessings.”

Prior to his junior lightweight crown, Valdez held the WBO featherweight title from July 23, 2016, when he knocked out Matias Rueda, until his unanimous decision victory over Jason Sanchez on June 8, 2019, for a total of six title defenses.

“I have been very fond of Oscar from the moment we signed him,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said in a statement. “And I am proud of everything he has accomplished.”

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