Tucson Boxing

Tucson fighter Alfonso Olvera vs Scottish Olympian Josh Taylor tonight on Showtime: Is Selby/Valdez a possibility?

Tucson super lightweight prospect Alfonso Olvera (8-2-1), at the last minute, has taken a bout with 2012 Scottish Olympian Josh Taylor (7-0). Olvera trains with Jesse Haro of Scrap Yard Boxing Gym on Tucson’s west side.

Olvera vs Taylor is a scheduled 8-round matchup that can be seen on Showtime Extreme at 9pm, Arizona time.

According to a story posted by boxingscene.com at 10:43pm last night, Olvera’s bout is taking place after IBF Featherweight World Champion Lee Selby‘s title bout on ShoExtreme was called off because Jonathan (Yoni) Victor Barros was denied a boxing license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

Josh Taylor (left) and Alfonso Olvera (right) will get in the ring Jan 28, as the opening bout on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT Photo source: Ashley Olvera

Tucson’s own WBO Featherweight Champion of the World Oscar Valdez (21-0) has mentioned in interviews with AllSportsTucson.com that unifying the featherweight belts is a goal of his and that he really only wants to fight the best of the best in his division. This could be that opportunity.

Selby (23-1) has trained for nearly a year since winning a unanimous decision at the O2 Arena in London on April 9th, 2016. The Welsh fighter was reportedly “close to tears after title defence against Jonathan Barros called off,” according to The Daily Mail, a UK outlet reporting on the cancellation.

“Lee Selby went to make his move in America and it has not worked out at all,” Eddie Hearn told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

“I feel he has lost a lot of momentum. He’s boxed twice in 17 months when he should have boxed five times.”

While Selby is promoted by Hearn in the UK, the 29-year-old signed a deal with Al Haymon last year to arrange his fights in the United States.

As a result, Selby beat Mexican Fernando Montiel in Phoenix, in 2015 to retain his IBF featherweight belt. That’s the only action out of the Al Haymon deal Selby has seen.

Oscar Valdez, however, has been a freight train in the featherweight division. Valdez hasn’t gone more than four months in his entire professional career without getting in the ring. Could this be a perfect storm? Is a title bout between Valdez and Selby even possible? Nonito Donaire recently shot down any possibility of a March bout with Valdez. April will be five months since Valdez has seen action and a year since Selby has fought anyone.

Valdez has told us that other Featherweight title holders have been avoiding him. Mainly because of his partnership with Top Rank.

To us, it seems the stars have aligned for the two to clash. Its a perfect title fight storm.

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