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.”
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