Lem Satterfield

Top Rank signs two-time Olympian Valdez

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced on Saturday the signing of two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez to a long-term promotional contract.

Valdez, of Nogales, Mexico, represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games, the latter of which took place in August in London during which he advanced to the quarterfinals as a bantamweight.

In the quarterfinals, Valdez lost to eventual silver medalist John Joe Nevin of Ireland, whom he forced to take a standing eight-count following a debilitating body shot.

“I am looking forward to Top Rank directing the next stage of my boxing career,” said Valdez, a 22-year-old native of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. “I worked very hard to qualify for the Olympics, and I will train twice as hard fighting as a professional.”

Oscar Valdez is trained by his father, Oscar Sr. managed by Frank Espinoza, and is expected to make his professional debut on Nov. 3 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mex.

“I am very pleased to have Oscar Valdez sign with Top Rank,” said Espinoza, who handled former titleholder Martin Castillo while Top Rank promoted him.

“I have first-hand knowledge of what great work they can do for a boxer, and that makes me feel secure about Oscar’s future in professional boxing.”

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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