Oscar Valdez speaks to Boxing News’ Andi Purewal as he discusses training alongside Canelo Alvarez and his upcoming bout with Emanuel Navarrete
Valdez’s enthusiasm for his new opportunity shone through as he opened up about his love for boxing and the hunger to reclaim his champion status.
“Right now, I’m physically mentally ready for this; I can’t wait to step in the ring and give the fans what they want or everybody wants to see a good fight. They want to see the War. I think this could be the fight.”
His words highlight a warrior ready for battle, eager to perform and live up to expectations.
The Road to Navarrete
Discussing why the fight with Navarrete took longer to come together, Valdez revealed a rib injury and the re-injury during training.
“I broke two of my ribs on my back… I got hit to a body shot that we injured it got broke in the same spot again, so that had to be postponed once again.”
These revelations provide insight into the obstacles he’s overcome and the determination to make the fight happen.
Mexican War and Fighting Style
When asked about delivering an all-action Mexican war, Valdez’s commitment to the craft is clear.
“Of course, we got a game plan… but like I said before a lot of times that that game plan goes out the window, and we gotta step it up and show who wants it the most.”
Valdez’s belief in his toughness and resilience gives him confidence.
“I’ve been in those positions… and I think that type of mentality, you know, is going to help me for this fight.”
His words show that he’s ready to go toe-to-toe, relying on his experiences and tested resolve.
Predicting the Outcome
Valdez spoke with assuredness about the fight’s potential outcome, expressing anticipation of a toe-to-toe brawl.
“We’re gonna go toe-to-toe, and I’m gonna be the smarter brawler… that’s the only thing that I have in my mind.”
Valdez’s concentration on the present and winning mindset leaves no room for thinking about losing.
“Losing is never an option in my mind… my biggest goal right now is just to win and see what happens.”
His mental fortitude and focus on the fight encapsulate the spirit of a true champion.
The Battle for No. 1 at 130lbs
Finally, Valdez emphasized that the winner of the fight would unquestionably become the top fighter at 130 pounds.
“This fight will set clear who’s 130 champion of them all… that’s why unifications were made for a becoming an Undisputed Champion.”
This declaration underscores the importance of the upcoming battle, not just for Valdez but for the entire division.
This interview with Oscar Valdez paints the picture of a fighter who’s overcome adversity, is clear about his game plan, and is driven by a fierce desire to win.
“If I’m a betting man, we’re gonna duke it out.”