By Jon Uddin✏
When your body talks to you it’s wise to listen.
After going through multiple camps where the battle on the scale was just as tough as the ones that played out in the ring, 🇲🇽Oscar Valdez will move up in weight class Saturday for his next fight.
The 28 year old native of Nogales, Mexico, has vacated the WBO Featherweight that he held for four years, making six successful defenses in that time, and begin what he believes will be another title run in the Super-Featherweight division. It will be his third fight under the watchful eye of head trainer Eddy Reynoso, as he takes on 26 year old 🇲🇽Andres Gutierrez of Queretaro, Mexico.
Listening to Valdez in a recent interview with ESPN Deportes, he makes it clear he is fully focused on the task at hand Saturday and isn’t overlooking Gutierrez. That being said, he still let it be known that he has his sights set on a matchup with current WBC beltholder and rival 🇲🇽Miguel Berchelt, who after his knockout win in his last fight with Jason Sosa, called Valdez out in his post fight interview. With a win this weekend, Valdez feels he should be in an immediate position for the fight with Berchelt.
For Andres Gutierrez, there is no title at stake but this is his biggest opportunity since challenging for the WBA Featherweight title in 2017. In that fight, he suffered a cut over his left eye that worsened as the match went on, eventually dropping a tenth round technical decision to Abner Mares. Since then he has won his last three fights all of which took place against journeymen fighters on local cards in Mexico.
Oscar Valdez vs Andres Gutierrez takes place on Saturday at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be shown on the ESPN+ app at 10pm ET/7pm PT.
Record: 26-0-0, 20KO
Hometown: Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
KO Rate: 77%
Last Fight: June 8, 2019. Reno Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada. Unanimous decision over Jason Sanchez (118-109, 118-109, 117-110)
Record: 38-2-1, 25KO
Hometown: Queretaro, Mexico
KO Rate: 61%
Last Fight: June 22, 2019. San Juan Del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico. Unanimous decision over Tomas Rojas (114-113, 114-113, 115-112)