Óscar Valdez: My plan this year is to become world champion again, but first I must beat Wilson – La Opinion

Óscar Valdez: My plan this year is to become world champion again, but first I must beat Wilson – La Opinion

Óscar Valdez, former champion of two weight divisions, wants to be victorious against Liam Wilson this Friday, March 29 at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, because his plan is to become world champion again in 2024.

In an interview with BoxingScene, Valdez knows that he will not have an easy task against a fighter as tough as Wilson, but he affirms that He is physically and mentally prepared for this fight that could put him one step closer to the title world.

“I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to get in the ring. I am physically and mentally prepared for this fight and to give the fans a great fight. My style and Liam Wilson’s style will be a fan-friendly fight. I am excited and eager to show my skills again. We don’t look for easy fights. I’m looking for opportunities and I love this fight. I’m excited to come back and give the fans what they want to see. Liam Wilson is a tough fighter. I have respect for him. “We saw how he hurt Navarrete,” he said.

“He’s the type of fighter that you can’t feel confident and relaxed with inside the ring because he has that big punch… I’ve been studying his long-range advantage. He has a beautiful left hook. This fight (against Wilson) means everything to me because whoever wins is one step closer to a world title fight at 130 pounds. This is my division… My plan this year is to be world champion again. But first I have to win this fight. “I am mentally preparing myself as if it were a world title fight,” he added.

It should be noted that Óscar Valdez in his last fight in the ring starred in a true Mexican war with Enmanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete – in what marked his first defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt – and they exceeded fans’ expectations last August.

After 12 intense rounds, Valdez was defeated on the judges’ cards 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112. Now the former Mexican champion will try to recover and savor the victory again against the Australian.

On the other hand, Liam Wilson, who knocked Vaquero Navarrete to the canvas before losing by technical knockout in nine rounds in February 2023, has two consecutive positive results in Australia after suffering his second defeat as a professional. His most recent victory was over his compatriot Jackson Jon England by decision on December 15 in Pyrmont.

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Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete defeated Liam Wilson by knockout and Óscar Valdez by unanimous decision in 2023. Photo: Isaac Brekken/AP.

This confrontation, which will be broadcast live on the ESPN platform, could define the next challenger for some of the 130-pound titles. A curious fact is that both fighters would face each other in the same place where they suffered their most recent defeat against the same rival: Vaquero Navarrete.

Óscar Valdez fell in the ring for the second time and lost the opportunity to be crowned champion at a third different weight. The 33-year-old Mexican has a record of 31 victories, 23 of them by knockout, and two setbacks (both in title fights).

For his part, Liam Wilson, 27, has two wins and one loss in his last three fights. The Australian He has a record of 13 wins, seven on the fast track and only two setbacks in his professional career.

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· Canelo Álvarez shows his support for Óscar Valdez after the defeat against Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete
· Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete defeats Oscar Valdez by unanimous vote and retains his WBO world title

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