After a prolonged brewing course of, WBC tremendous featherweight champion Oscar Valdez’s inaugural title protection agaisnt Olympic gold medalist Robson Conceicao is formally set to go down Friday, September tenth in Tucson.
Valdez (29-0, 23 KO), whose obvious lack of measurement and string of underwhelming performances left him a large underdog in opposition to Miguel Berchelt in February, turned heads with a career-best efficiency, although none tougher than “El Alacran’s” thanks to a Knockout of the Year-caliber left hook in the 10th. He takes a disappointing step down at school in opposition to Conceicao (16-0, 8 KO), who has but to perform something of word after greater than 4 years as a professional.
“I’m very excited to battle in my second dwelling, Tucson, Arizona, the place I’ll have my first protection of the WBC tremendous featherweight world title,” Valdez mentioned. “It motivates me to know that I’ll defend the title in entrance of my associates and my household, and I will likely be keen to place it on the road as in all my fights. I’m coming to provide an awesome present to my individuals, and I can’t wait to see you on Sept. 10.”
Conceição mentioned, “I’ve been ready my entire life for this chance, and that’s why I’m coaching with nice willpower. I’ll characterize my household and Brazil. I already gained a gold medal for my nation and now I’ll deliver dwelling a world title. With nice willpower, I’ll ship an awesome efficiency. It will likely be a real spectacle!”
The co-feature pits Stockton’s personal Gabriel Flores Jr. (20-0, 7 KO) in opposition to Luis Alberto Lopez (22-2, 12 KO) in a pleasant little tremendous featherweight tussle. Flores has gotten a tough push from Prime Rank and has to date held up his finish of the cut price, most lately placing an absolute beating on Jayson Velez, whereas Lopez is 10-1 in his final 11 with a win over Andy Vences and a loss to Ruben Villa in that span.
“That is the subsequent step in my journey in the direction of a world title, and I’ll convincingly defeat Lopez,” Flores mentioned. “I’m going to show as soon as once more that I’m prepared for the subsequent degree.”
Lopez mentioned, “I admire matchmaker Brad Goodman and Prime Rank for the chance to battle Gabriel Flores Jr. I do know he’ll be ready to provide every little thing on Sept. 10, however so am I, and I assure nothing however my highest. I’m a person of few phrases, and I’ll let my actions do the speaking contained in the ring.”
Whereas there isn’t actually a “essential card” and “undercard” contemplating they’re all on ESPN+, Prime Rank did elect to stay the night’s greatest battle on the preliminaries: Junto Nakatani’s (21-0, 16 KO) flyweight title defense against Angel Acosta (22-2, 21 KO). It’s each an absolute slugfest within the making and an opportunity for Western audiences to satisfy some of the promising younger champions within the sport.
Different names embrace Xander Zayas (9-0, 7 KO), Lindolfo Delgado (12-0, 11 KO), Rene Tellez Giron (15-1, 9 KO), Raymond Muratalla (12-0, 10 KO), and Omar Aguilar (21-0, 20 KO).