Oscar Valdez and Gilberto Ramirez return to action on 9/22 in Arizona

Oscar Valdez and Gilberto Ramirez return to action on 9/22 in Arizona


TUCSON - The next fight featured on the recently announced four year deal between ESPN and Top Rank will be a co-feature with Oscar Valdez and Gilberto Ramirez defending their titles and risking their unbeaten records from the Tucson Arena,  in Arizona on September 22nd.

Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) is facing off against undefeated Filipino, Genesis Servania (29-0, 12 KOs) in a WBO World Featherweight title match up. This will be the third time Valdez will have defended his title, but the first time that he will do so on what he regards as his home territory in Tucson, a place where his family still resides. Now living in Hermosillo, Sonora and training out of LA, Valdez attended school in Tucson and enjoys a substantial fan base in the region. In a recent press conference, Valdez expressed,

“When I came here in 2015, I said the next time I come to Tucson I’m going to come with a belt, and I’m not planning to leave that belt here.”

Oscar Valdez faced Ernie Sanchez in his last outing at the Tucson Arena in 2015, earning himself a third round TKO. Then going on to win his title in July 2016 in a second round stoppage of Matias Rueda in Las Vegas.

The co-feature will be Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (35-0, 24 KOs) who will defend his WBO World Middleweight title against Philly’s own Jesse ‘Hard Work’ Hart (22-0, 18 KOs). Both boxers have unbeaten records on the line, a risk that Ramirez is not taking lightly stating,

“I am very focused on this fight and the truth is I am very motivated by the opponent… We’re working on it and the fight is going to be interesting because of the size of both of us…”

The stacked undercard also features Irish Super Bantamweight, Mick Conlan looking to build on his 3-0 record, Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs), Uzbekistan Olympic gold medallist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (2-0, 1 KO) and ‘Mean Machine’ Egidijus Kavaliauskas (17-0, 14 KOs) out of Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard CA, and Australian Super Lightweight veteran Leonardo ‘Lenny Zappa’ Zappavigna (35-3, 25 KOs), naming a few.

The fight is scheduled to take place at the Tucson Arena, Tucson Arizona on Friday, September 22. Tickets are on sale now and are priced between $25 - $100. The fight will be aired on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and via the ESPN App.

 

Feature Photo: Top Rank Boxing

 

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