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Oscar Valdez Seeks to Unify Titles

Oscar Valdez staged a remarkable comeback in his career, delivering a stunning seventh-round stoppage against Liam Wilson on Friday. The fight, which took place at a high pace from the start, shifted dramatically in Valdez's favor as he landed a series of unanswered blows on Wilson, prompting referee Mark Nelson to intervene and halt the contest.

Oscar Valdez

With this victory, Valdez (32-2, 24 KOs) reclaimed the spotlight, securing the interim WBO junior lightweight title vacated by Emanuel Navarrete. This win was particularly sweet for Valdez, who had suffered a defeat at the hands of Navarrete in August, a setback he has now effectively overcome.

Speaking to reporters after the fight, Valdez praised Wilson's skills, acknowledging him as a world-class fighter.

Looking ahead, Valdez expressed his desire to unify titles in the division, setting his sights on IBF titleholder Luis Alberto Lopez and WBC titleholder O'Shaquie Foster, both of whom are Top Rank stablemates. Valdez also expressed interest in a dream matchup against Vasiliy Lomachenko, emphasizing his willingness to fight the best in the division.

Valdez credited his trainer, Eddy Reynoso, for his resurgence, highlighting the hard work they had put in together. At 33 years old, Valdez believes he still has much to offer the sport and is determined to continue competing at the highest level.

"I refuse to believe that once you're 30 you're done in this sport," said Valdez. "I worked hard to be where I am right now with discipline. We're back. We're still here for a while."

Valdez's victory over Wilson not only revitalized his career but also signaled his intent to pursue greatness and leave a lasting legacy in boxing.


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