We now know who Oscar Valdez will face on Sept 22: The stage is finally set.


Direct quotes from other publications and used in the interest of accuracy and reference

Mike Coppinger of RingTV.com has reported that Top Rank and ESPN will deliver it’s fourth card on prime time in 2017 when Oscar Valdez faces Genesis Servania at the Tucson Convention Center on September 22nd.

Genesis Servania (29-0, 12KOs) will travel outside of Asia for the first time in his career when he comes to the Old Pueblo to challenge Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight crown.

Fighting out of the Philippines, Servania has an impressive looking 29-0 (12 KOs) record, however, Coppinger pointed out that there is really not much to his resume. Upon closer look at his fight history, Servania has never left the far east, fighting most of his bouts in the Philippines and a couple of bouts in Japan. Servania is the WBO Asia-Pacific featherweight title holder, which makes him a mandatory challenger for Valdez. The WBO has Servania ranked 4th among the world’s featherweights and directly in line to contest for Valdez’s WBO featherweight crown. When Valdez defended his title for the first time against Hiroshige Osawa of Japan, Osawa had the same Asia-Pacific belt that Servania now holds. Another mandatory challenger for Valdez.

Miguel Rivera of BoxingScene.com wrote that WBO lightweight title holder Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15KOs) was scheduled to fight Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13KOs) when Flanagan suffered a leg injury. In the meantime, Verdejo is looking to fight simply to stay active and not take an extended amount of time off before fighting Flanagan. That’s where September 22nd in Tucson comes in for Verdejo.

“Our plan is to get him a fight on September 22 in Tucson, Arizona. But we still need Frank Warren (Flanagan promoter) to inform us of the new date he plans to set up the fight,” Carl Moretti, Top Rank’s vice president, told Jose Sanchez. “It seems to me that Frank will not be able to stage the fight until, at least, December. That’s why we want Felix to fight in September because waiting until December is a long time for him to be off and then go straight to challenge the champion.”

Top Rank is looking for an opponent for Verdejo to face at the Tucson Convention Center arena and is currently listed as a part of the card by BoxRec.com.

Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (35-0, 24KOs) will defend his super middleweight title against Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (22-0, 18KOs).

Mike Conlan of Northern Ireland (3-0), a fast rising superstar, is also confirmed to be on the card.

When I asked Paul Malignaggi what his impression of Oscar Valdez was, he responded with:

Steve Kim, writer for UNCLIVE.com, tweeted that undefeated welterweights Egidijus Kavaliauskas (17-0, 14KOs) will face Alex Saucedo (25-0, 15KOs> here in Tucson as well.

Everyone involved in the televised action thus far for September 22nd has an undefeated record. It goes without saying, for each of the fighters named, fight night in the Old Pueblo will be the biggest night of each one of their careers to this point.

Famed ring announcer Lupe Contreras has told AllSportsTucson.com he will be on hand to MC the event.

Oscar Valdez (left) and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (right) have the stage set for their title defenses in Tucson. Photo via RingTV.com

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