Oscar Valdez is chasing a childhood dream. Ever since he was a small boy, the undefeated Mexican has imagined himself winning the green and gold WBC belt.
The WBC 130lbs crown, in particular, was held by great Mexicans like Julio Cesar Chavez, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales – and this Saturday Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) can emulate their glorious past by seizing the belt from compatriot and reigning champion Miguel Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs).
Valdez, who is coached by trainer of the moment Eddy Reynoso, says he will win by any means necessary to fulfil the vision of his youth in tomorrow’s bout at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
“This is a difficult fight. There’s a reason [Berchelt] is holding that belt. He’s a great champion inside the ring and outside the ring. Nothing personal, but I want that belt. It’s a dream I’ve had ever since I was 8 years old, 9 years old,” said Valdez.
“My idols have held it: Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera. They all held this belt, and that is something I’ve wanted to hold since I was a kid. This is my opportunity.
“Everywhere I go in Mexico, I get asked that question: ‘When are you and Berchelt going to fight?’ It would be an honour for me to show them a great fight with a warrior like Miguel Berchelt.
“This is my opportunity. I’m not going to go in there and not give it my all. I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I have to box, I’ll box. If I have to bang it and brawl it out, then I’m willing to do that, too.”
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