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Valdez inks new Top Rank contract

WBC super-featherweight king Oscar Valdez has signed a new, multi-fight promotional agreement with Top Rank.

Two-weight champion Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) has been with the US promotional giants since the start of his pro journey. After six defences of the WBO crown at 126lbs, the Mexican produced one of the performances of the year when he dismantled and KOed compatriot Miguel Berchelt in 10 rounds to win the WBC 130lbs belt in February.

On signing the new agreement, Valdez said: “I am proud to be part of the Top Rank family. I want to thank Bob Arum and Todd duBoef for their confidence in my abilities. I will not let them down. I also want to thank my manager, Frank Espinoza, for securing a great deal for me. This is a wonderful moment in my career, and I’m grateful to God for my blessings.”

Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum added: “It’s a pleasure to promote a young athlete like Oscar Valdez. He is a true gentleman who is grateful for the help we’ve provided, and he works collaboratively with the company for the mutual benefit of both parties. I have been very fond of Oscar from the moment we signed him, and I am proud of everything he has accomplished. I would like to recognize Frank Espinoza, a fantastic manager who has been integral in helping Oscar reach this point.”

Espinoza said: “We are ecstatic that Top Rank and Oscar Valdez are continuing what has been a long and successful partnership. Bob Arum and Todd duBoef recognize Oscar as a special fighter with all the characteristics to make him an all-time great. Oscar has the discipline and passion it takes to reach the top levels of the sport. We’re very proud of what Oscar has achieved so far, and we’re confident he will delight boxing fans with more exciting and memorable fights.”

Valdez is scheduled to face Brazilian Robson Conceicao (16-0, 8 KOs) in a voluntary title defence in Arizona in September.

Main image: Mikey Williams/Top Rank.