Oscar Valdez 22 (19KO’s)-0-0 appears to be the forgotten champion of the Featherweight division, with everyone else talking about fighting each other like WBC Champion Gary Russell Jr, WBA Super and Regular champions Leo Santa Cruz & Abner Mares, IBF Champion Lee Selby and then there is the big names in the division like Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, Josh Warrington, it makes you think are they deliberately not talking about the twenty six year old Mexican.
All the fighters will say they would fight Valdez when directly asked but none are beating the journalists to the question by calling the Mexican out, maybe it is down to styles or his elite amateur background but no one is really trying hard to make a fight with him. Valdez follows the strict Mexican code of not being afraid to step in the ring with anyone but he only appears to call out Gary Russell Jr even though there is lots of big potential fights for him within the division.
Valdez appears to be a good all rounder fighter but he has been labelled a paper champion, he does everything well and doesn’t appear to have to many weaknesses but although he is a Champion defending his belt for the third time, I would like to see him in with some of the top names within the division or even challenging to unify the division and facing off against the other belt holders.
Genesis Servania 29 (12 KO’s)-0-0 certainly has an impressive record on paper, the Philippine fighter has only fought outside of his home country five times before this encounter in Tucson, Arizona and three of those bouts where in his new country of resistance Japan, adding to that this is only the second time he has faced an opponent with a unbeaten record.
Servania does appear to lack the knockout power needed to stop the champion so he will most likely have to outwork Valdez and be able to handle the Mexicans power to have any hope of adding the WBO World Featherweight Title to WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight Title he won in Japan in April this year.
With this Servania making only his fourth fight at Featherweight, he is currently ranked number four by the WBO governing body but there is still a lot unknown about him and he hasn’t really been tested at Featherweight to warrant a shot at the Champion.
Other Fighters on the card are as follows:
Gilberto Ramirez defends his WBO World Super Middleweight title against Jesse Hart and Egidijus Kavaliauskas takes on Mahonry Montes in a Welterweight contest.