Oscar Valdez Jr former 2x Mexican Olympic representative and future sensational star of boxing SIGNED official bout sheet from his fight against Chris Avalos, 11th September 2015, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas.
Valdez knocked Avalos down in the third, staggered him in the fourth, and was on his way to scoring a second knock down in the fifth when referee Russell Mora stepped in and halted the bout. Time: 1:17
Óscar Rafael Valdez Fierro (born December 22, 1990 in Nogales, Sonora) is a Mexican who qualified for the 2008 Olympics at the age of 17 and became the first Mexican Youth World Champion. Four years later he qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Valdez came out of nowhere to upset 2007 PanAm champion Carlos Cuadras at the semifinal of the 2007 National Championships and winning the bantamweight championship in his next bout.
At the Olympic qualifier he edged out Brazilian James Pereira in the all-important semifinal and got one of two berths even though he dropped the final to Yankiel León, getting a silver medal and a pass to the Beijing Olympics with only 3 international bouts on his record. In Beijing however he ran right into eventual winner Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan and lost his first bout 4-15.
Later, 2008 he went up to featherweight and won the first 2008 Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships. The tournament was held Guadalajara in his home country, and he showed up the experience he've gained beating his opponents from Barbados, Uzbekistan, Kazahkztan, Ukraine and Russia. In the semi-finals he knocked out the Ukraine opponent in the first round. In the finals he was clearly dominating the opposition among other Russian Maxim Dadashev whom he beat 12-0 in the final.
In Milan, at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships (seniors), he won the bronze medal and became the first Mexican to achieve a medal at a World Championships in the history of the sport in Mexico.
After Featherweight was abolished he went down to bantam again. He won his Olympic qualifier. Valdez won his first fight in the 2012 Olympic Games, defeating India's Shiva Thapa by a margin of 14-9. In his second fight of the games he saw off Tajikistan's Anvar Yunusov by a margin of 13-7 then lost 13:19 to Ireland's John Joe Nevin.
He is 1.65 meters and fights from an orthodox stance.
Represented Mexico at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, boxing as a Bantamweight (54 kg).
*Round 1/16 - Lost to Enkhbat Badar-Uugan (Mongolia) 4-15
Represented Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Great Britain, boxing as a Bantamweight (56 kg).
*Round 1/16 - Defeated Shiva Thapa (India) 14-9
*Round 1/8 - Defeated Anvar Yunusov (Tajikistan) 13-7
*Quarterfinal - Lost to John Joe Nevin (Ireland) 13-19
Other Amateur Achievements
2008 Silver Medalist at the 1st America´s Olympic Qualifier in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, boxing as a bantamweight (54 kg).
*Defeated John Wampash (Ecuador) 16-13
*Defeated James Dean Pereira (Brazil) 14-12
*Lost to Yankiel Leon (Cuba) 5-14
2008 Gold Medalist at the AIBA World Youth Championships (17-18 year olds), in Guadalajara, Mexico, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg):
*Round 1/16 - Defeated Cobia Breedy (Barbados) RSC 2
*Round 1/8 - Defeated Berik Koitayev (Kazakstan) 19-4
*Quarterfinal - Defeated Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (Uzbekistan) 13-1
*Semifinal - Defeated Oleg Scheffer (Ukraine) RSCH 1
*Final - Defeated Maxim Dadashev (Russia) 12-0
2009 Silver Medalist at the Pan American Boxing Championships in Mexico City, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Cesar Villarraga (Colombia) 6-4
*Defeated Jorge Maysonet Jr. (Puerto Rico) 8-3
*Lost to Robson Conceicao (Brazil) 5-6
2009 Bronze Medalist at the AIBA World Championships, in Milan, Italy, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg):
*Round 1/32 - Defeated Clive Atwell (Guyana) 14-3
*Round 1/16 - Defeated David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) 16-11
*Round 1/8 - Defeated Ju Min Jae (South Korea) 9-6
*Quarterfinal - Defeated Azat Hovhannesyan (Armenia) 14-9
*Semifinal - Lost to Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine) 1-12
2009 Gold Medalist at the AIBA President´s Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Jean John Colin (Mauritius) KO 1
*Defeated Elshan Ismailov (Azerbaijan) 6-2
*Defeated Dmitriy Polyansky (Russia) 7-2
2010 Silver Medalist at the Pan American Boxing Championships in Quito, Ecuador, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Juan Reyes (Guatemala) 14-4
*Defeated Braulio Santos (Puerto Rico) 10-0
*Lost to Roberto Navarro (Dominican Republic) 8-9
2010 Gold Medalist at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, boxing as a featherweight (57 kg).
*Defeated Angel Rodriguez (Venezuela) 6-2
*Defeated Roberto Navarro (Dominican Republic) 4-3
*Defeated Juan Reyes (Guatemala) 15-4
2011 Participated at the AIBA World Championships, in Baku, Azerbaijan, boxing as a bantamweight (56 kg):
*Round 1/16 - Defeated Dmitriy Zhukov (Belarus) RSC 3
*Round 1/8 - Lost to Joseph Diaz (United States) 21-22
2011 Silver Medalist at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, boxing as a bantamweight (56 kg).
*Quarterfinal - Defeated Luis Porozo (Ecuador) 22-8
*Semifinal - Defeated Robenilson de Jesus Vieira (Brazil) 23-10
*Final - Lost to Lazaro Alvarez (Cuba) 15-19
2012 Gold Medalist at the America´s Olympic Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, boxing as a bantamweight (56 kg).
*Defeated Jose Diaz (Venezuela) 18-8
*Defeated Oscar Negrete (Colombia) 15-9
*Defeated Julio Cortez (Ecuador) 23-9
*Defeated Robenilson de Jesus Vieira (Brazil) 9-8
*Defeated Alberto Melian (Argentina) 29-11
World Series Of Boxing Highlights
2010-2011 Season boxing for the Mexico City Guerreros
*Defeated Leonid Malkov (Ukraine) of Miami Gallos by points, lightweights
At the age of 24, Oscar is a four-year pro. A sensational prospect at 126 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout, considered one of the best amateurs in the history of Mexican boxing. He had a fight in the World Series of Boxing in December, 2010, but it did not affect his amateur status and he continued to fight as an amateur for two more years after that. Oscar is the first Mexican boxer to compete in two Olympic Games – he competed in Beijing when he was 17 years old in 2008, and competed again in London in 2012. He is also the first Mexican to win a medal at the World Championships – he won bronze in 2009. He was the flag bearer for Mexico at the Central American Games in 2010, where he won a gold medal, and had a win in the semifinals of the 2007 Mexican Nationals against Carlos Cuadras, who is currently the WBC super flyweight world champion. He has an aggressive style and always makes exciting fights.
As a pro, he has stayed active in the ring and made good progress. He fought six times in 2013, six times in 2014, and three times this year. He has stepped up in class of opposition, given consistently solid performances, and broke into the Top 15 World rankings before he even had a fight scheduled for 10 rounds. In his last fight on Sept. 11th at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Oscar scored a fifth-round TKO win over former world title challenger Chris Avalos. The fight served as Oscar's truTV debut.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com Valdez's left hook was the dominant weapon. It's a thing of beauty and is going to hurt a lot of opponents. Valdez, who also counter punched very well, dropped Avalos for the first time in the closing seconds of the third round with a left hook that staggered him before he fell to the mat on a delayed reaction. He hurt Avalos with another left hook at the end of the fourth round and while he did not go down, he was badly hurt as he staggered back to his corner. When Valdez cracked Avalos with another powerful left hook in the fifth round and Avalos wobbled yet again referee Russell Mora stepped in and stopped the contest at 1 minute, 17 seconds. Valdez is going to be a very good fighter.
Oscar said, "I train in two gyms back home in Hermosillo. One is called CUM, and Hernan Marquez, the former World champion, he opened up a gym called HTM – for Hernan 'Tyson' Marquez. "I also train in Carson at The Rock Gym. Here in California, I don't really do much. I go to the gym, go back to the house, relax, then go back and train again. "I'm more of a boxer. I don't really consider myself as a hard-hitting fighter, but I can do all different styles. I can bang with a fighter – if the guy boxes, I can put pressure. If I'm fighting a pressure guy, I can also box. Whatever the fighter brings, I'll switch it up. "I don't really have a nickname. Back when I was an amateur, they used to call me 'El Niño' 'cause I was the smallest one on the team. I was 17 years old, and the rest of them were like 20, 23. As a pro, I didn't really think of a nickname. I'm just called Oscar Valdez."
When Oscar signed a promotional contract with Top Rank, Dan Rafael wrote-Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, the most sought-after member of the 2012 Mexican national team, has signed a promotional contract with promoter Top Rank. Top Rank has excelled in promoting some of the top Mexican and Mexican-American stars of the past 20-plus years, including Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Jorge Arce, Antonio Margarito and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Said Top Rank president Todd duBoef, "I think he could be one of the most popular fighters in Mexico. The people know him because he's a very heralded Olympian. If you followed him in the 2012 Olympics, he lost the match but dropped the guy with a body shot. He has that pro style embedded in him." Top Rank has a tremendous track record when it comes signing and developing prospects out of the Olympics, including three fighters who became superstars: De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto.