Valdez asked for and receives his Tucson showcase - Tucson News Now

Valdez asked for and receives his Tucson showcase

Tucson's Oscar Valdez and Phoenix's Jose Benavides will headline Top Rank Boxing's Tucson fight card on December 12 at Tucson Arena. Tucson's Oscar Valdez and Phoenix's Jose Benavides will headline Top Rank Boxing's Tucson fight card on December 12 at Tucson Arena.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The #1 ranked featherweight in the world Oscar Valdez is coming home.

Valdez (18-0, 15 KOs) was born in Nogales, Sonora but grew up in Tucson, where he first fell in love with the sports.

“I’m so glad to be back to Tucson,” said Valdez, a two-time Mexican Olympian. “I have a lot of family and friends still in the city.”

He will take on Ernie Sanchez (15-6-1) of The Philippines at the Tucson Arena on Saturday, December 12 in a ten-round bout.

Valdez is the WBO #1 world rated featherweight.

Jose Benavidez (23-0, 16 KOs), the powerful unbeaten junior welterweight from Phoenix, will also appear on the Top Rank card. 

Benavidez is the interim WBA 140-pound champion.

The Top Rank undercard bouts will include super middleweight Jess Hart (18-0), Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcoa (11-0) and hard-punching junior welterweight Alex Saucedo (20-0).

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