Tucson Boxing

Report: Oscar Valdez to defend WBO title in Tucson on September 22nd

Francisco Salazar of BoxingScene.com today revealed that superstar prospect Mike Conlan (3-0, 3 KOs) will be fighting an opponent yet to be determined as a part of an Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KOs) title defense undercard set to take place in Tucson on September 22nd.

That’s right.

If the report is true (as of right now we at AllSportsTucson.com have had very reliable sources indicate to us that it is) Oscar Valdez will be defending his WBO Featherweight title in the city that raised him this fall.


Every fighter that has been linked so far to the September event in Tucson has an undefeated record.

Conlan being on the undercard is huge news when you add that we recently published a story that announced “Zurdo” Ramirez and “Hard Work” Hart were already scheduled to face each other in the square circle on the very same date.

Mike Conlan (left) getting his hands wrapped by his trainer Manny Robles (right) who is quickly becoming a legendary trainer in his own right. Robles also trains, WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez, WBO junior featherweight champ Jessie Magdaleno, Alhambra heavyweight Dominic Breazeale, former Olympian Terrell Gauscha, tough middleweight Jason Quigley. Business is so good for Robles that he’s opened a second gym for his professional fighters to train out of.

Fight fans last saw Conlan look spectacular on July 2nd in his stoppage of Jarrett Owen as part of the Pacquiao-Horn undercard, which aired live on ESPN from Brisbane, Australia.

What we don’t know is who Conlan and Valdez will be fighting or where in the Old Pueblo it will be. Members of Valdez’s camp in interviews have expressed wishes to fight Abner Mares (32-2-1, 15 KOs) in 2017, making that matchup a very attractive possibility. An opponent for Valdez is still anyone’s guess, however.

Sources close to the Casino Del Sol have indicated to us that other events are scheduled around that time frame at their venues, making the most likely venue for a Conlan, Zurdo, Hart and Valdez event be the Tucson Convention Center. Still, with hockey scheduled for the arena during that time of year (UA hockey started Sept 23rd in 2016), logistically, it could be tricky scheduling it at either place. The venue is certainly one detail world class boxing event organizers would not have overlooked and is most likely already secured. We just don’t know ourselves yet. Organizers have told AllSportsTucson.com that they intend to break Sugar Ray Leonard‘s 1979 Tucson attendance record for a boxing event of 6,422 fans.

Again, as it was for the “Zurdo” Ramirez story we published last week, we are still waiting on official word from Top Rank and the event’s organizers to release an official statement on who the opponents will be for Conlan and Valdez. Still, according to the sources we use, everything has indicated to us that this event will happen.

The details are what we are all waiting official word on. Hopefully all involved can agree to terms and conditions, sign all the dotted lines and make a historic night of boxing in Tucson finally happen.

To read the Francisco Salazar story we referenced, CLICK HERE

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