Oscar Valdez vs Liam Wilson: Mexican Boxer Eyes Major Comeback After Navarrete Setback

Oscar Valdez vs Liam Wilson: Mexican Boxer Eyes Major Comeback After Navarrete Setback

Lukman Mumuni
February 28, 2024 at 1:05 PM
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  • Mexican boxer Oscar Valdez will return to the ring on March 29
  • Oscar Valdez will face Australian pugilist Liam Wilson in Glendale
  • The 33-year-old is hoping to bounce back from the Navarrete defeat

Oscar Valdez wants to quickly put behind him the heartbreaking defeat to Emmanuel Navarrete as he prepares to face Liam Wilson in an epic bout at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

The March 29 bout will see Valdez return to the ring six months after suffering his worst defeat in boxing, despite losing via a unanimous decision.

The Mexican fighter was left with a discoloured and swollen eye from the fight, leaving him 'ashamed' and 'embarrassed'.

Oscar Valdez, Emmanuel Navarette, Liam Wilson, Boxing, Glendale.
Oscar Valdez hits Emmanuel Navarette during their bout in Glendale. Credit: @trboxing
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“It was a rough two weeks for me,” Valdez told Boxing Scene in an interview. “I felt ashamed of myself. I felt embarrassed to walk out the street, to go to the grocery store, because I didn’t want people to see me. I was very hard on myself,' he added.

However, the chance to fight Wilson in a ten-round junior lightweight fight presents to opportunity for him and his fans to enjoy some form of redemption.

According to Valdez, he is aware of his opponent's threat and he is ready to give him a good match.

“He’s a guy who likes to stay in there and fight,” Valdez said of the Australian.
“I like those fighters. I like those fighters that go in there and give it their best. But he does carry a punch. He does have a reach advantage on me. Guy has a good left hook. Digs well to the body. Changes southpaw. Throws a nice 1-2. So there’s a lot of good things that I see about him that I have to work on and be ready for.”

Valdez holds an incredible record of 31 wins in 33 fights, with 23 of those victories coming by way of knockout. His only defeats came in the fight against Shakur Stevenson and Navarrete.

Meanwhile, Wilson, who has 15 bouts under his belt, with 13 victories and two defeats will fancy his chances against his older opponent and more experienced opponent.

Dogboe suffers defeat to Robeisy

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Isaac Dogboe lost the WBO Featherweight world title fight to Cuban boxer Robeisy Ramirez in the United States of America.

The Ghanaian pugilist struggled as the judges scored in favour of Ramirez at the end of the bout via a unanimous decision.

The one-sided bout saw the judges score 117-110, 118-109, 119-108 for the Cuban fighter.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.