Tucson's Valdez wins first world boxing title - Tucson News Now

Tucson's Valdez wins first world boxing title

Oscar Valdez grew up in Tucson with dreams of becoming a boxing world champion (Photo courtesy: AP). Oscar Valdez grew up in Tucson with dreams of becoming a boxing world champion (Photo courtesy: AP).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Oscar Valdez’s dreams came true Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the city where great boxing champions have reigned over the years, the boxer who spent time growing up here in Tucson, won his first title belt, knocking out Matias Adrian Rueda in the second round to win the World Boxing Organization’s vacant featherweight championship.

Valdez (20-0, 19 KOs) won the belt that was relinquished in June by Vasyl Lomachenko after he moved up a class and captured the WBO’s junior lightweight title.

The new champ was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico but spent his formative years in Tucson where he attended both Manzo Elementary and Pistor Middle Schools.

Tucson mayor Jonathan Rothschild attended Saturday night’s fight and there is a hope that a deal can be struck with Valdez’s promoter Bob Arum to bring the fighter’s first title defense to Tucson this coming November.

Valdez fought at the Tucson Arena last December in his first professional appearance in the city. He disposed of challenger Ernie Sanchez with a technical knockout in the 3rd round.

The 25-year old wins his first championship after he was a two-time Olympic (2008 and 2012) boxing qualifier for Mexico. 

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