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This Friday on TruTV at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas super featherweight prospect and two time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez 16-0 14KO’s takes on veteran Chris Avalos 26-3 19KO’s of Lancaster, CA.
Valdez, a tough fighter trains at The Rock in Carson California, a gym known for tough and consistent sparring; The Rock is currently host to training camps of future stars Terrel Gausha, and Jason Quigley attracts fighters from all over the world. Managed by the capable Frank Espinoza Valdez is seen as a future champion that can tap into the rabid Mexican fan-base in Los Angeles and the American southwest to Texas.
The young Mexican has shot to an undefeated record of 16-0 against opponents with a combined record of 177-82-11. I highlight the combined record because I’m a numbers guy and a stats guy (although sometimes heart and determination get in the way of common sense), I want to see who that prospect has been developing against before I kick the tires and purchase stock in a fighter and the prediction for the Oscar Valdez market is currently bullish.
A solid performance in his last outing against Ruben Tamayo 25-6-4 in which he won virtually every round during his first appearance on HBO introduced Valdez to the boxing public and established him as a prospect to keep an eye on.
Using speed, crisp combination punching and excellent movement, Valdez has jumped into another big step up fight against the much more experienced Avalos. Chris Avalos is a real fighter, and an Avalos win puts his name back into the conversation for a title shot. Having been in the ring with the likes of Carl Frampton in his lone opportunity for a world title, Avalos knows a loss could send him back to the bottom of ladder.
Also on the card in the co-main event can’t miss prospect Jesse “Hard Work” Hart 17-0 14KO’s takes on journeyman Aaron Pryor 19-8-1 12KO’s the son of hall of famer Aaron Pryor.