Oscar Valdez vs. Liam Wilson fight preview, predictions, undercard, st...

On Friday, Liam Wilson and Oscar Valdez will satisfy in a bout that might work as something of a backdoor world champion clash. When Wilson and Valdez share the ring in Glendale, Arizona, the WBO interim junior light-weight champion will be up for grabs.

The interim title was included simply days out of the bout. That’s due to the fact that WBO world champ Emanuel Navarrete is set to go up to light-weight to fight Denys Berinchyk for the uninhabited title at 135 pounds in May. Should Navarrete defeat Berinchyk and choose to stay at light-weight, the winner of Valdez vs. Wilson would rise to world champ at junior light-weight.

Both Valdez (31-2, 23 KO) and Wilson (13-2, 7 KO) lost title quotes against Navarrete in 2023. Wilson dropped Navarrete in the 4th round however could not hold back the champ from there, ultimately suffering a ninth-round TKO loss. Valdez and Navarrete fought in their clash, producing among the most interesting battles of the year before Navarrete won a unanimous choice win.

Valdez has actually not battled given that the loss to Navarrete in August and has actually suffered the just 2 beats of his professional profession in his 3 latest battles, likewise dropping a 2022 bout with then WBC junior light-weight champ Shakur Stevenson in a unification bout in which Valdez dropped the WBO title he had actually won 2 battles previously with a knockout of Miguel Berchelt. Valdez likewise held the WBO featherweight title from 2016 to 2019 with 6 effective title defenses before abandoning the belt when he went up in weight.

“I’m going to be prepared. I was preparing myself for a world champion fight,” Valdez stated throughout today’s interview. “Then we got the news that it’s now for an Interim title. So, I’m more than thrilled and ready, and we’re going to reveal that.

“I was taking this fight as seriously as a world champion fight. I understand Liam Wilson. He’s a difficult fighter. I existed when he battled Emanuel Navarrete, and he sent him to the canvas. So you much better think that I’m featuring whatever due to the fact that I’m anticipating that exact same Liam Wilson.”

Wilson solved back to operate in 2023, following up his February loss to Navarrete with wins over Carlos Maria Alanis and Jackson Jon England. Wilson has actually never ever held a world title however that might alter if he manages the win over Valdez and Navarrete finishes an irreversible transfer to light-weight.

“Every fight for me now is a world title fight. So, I’ve ready actually tough for it. This is my 2nd perform at a world title,” Wilson stated. “And I’ve displayed in the past that if I can get a 2nd run, I can be really hazardous. I’m really prepared for this fight.

“I’m thankful he existed {for my fight against Navarrete}. The universe saw what took place. I need to have currently ended up being world champ. This fight in between me and Valdez need to have currently taken place. I won the belt that night. It wasn’t granted to me. But that’s simply the method things played out. But, we’re here now and we’re going to settle the rating.”

The primary assistance bout guarantees nearly as much action as the centerpiece, with Seniesa Estrada (25-0, 9 KO) putting her WBA and WBC minimumweight titles on the line against IBF and WBO champ Yokasta Valle (30-2, 9 KO), with the winner becoming boxing’s most current indisputable champ.

Valdez vs. Wilson fight card, odds

Oscar Valdez -375

Liam Wilson +275

Interim WBO very featherweight title

Seniesa Estrada (c) -220

Yokasta Valle (c) +175

Undisputed minimumweight title

Raymond Muratalla -3000

Xolisani Ndongeni +1400


Richard Torrez Jr. -4000

Donald Haynesworth +1500


Emiliano Vargas -5000

Nelson Hampton +1500


Viewing info

Date: March 29 | Location: Diamond Desert Arena — Glendale, Arizona
Start time: 6:10 p.m. ET (centerpiece around 11 p.m. ET)
How to enjoy: ESPN+


Wilson was anticipated to get burnt out by Navarrete however showed his quality by providing the champ all he might manage before being stopped late in the fight. As an outcome, Wilson isn’t being neglected heading into the fight with Valdez however still will go into the ring as an underdog.

Valdez remains in an odd area in his profession, having actually been a top-level champion fighter however dropping 2 of his 3 latest getaways. Losses to Navarrete and Stevenson are barely indicators that Valdez is done as an elite fighter as those 2 males are amongst the very best fighters in the world.

Valdez is the more tested fighter with loads more top-level experience than Wilson. In addition, he’s a bit more vibrant and must be anticipated to outwork and outbox Wilson. Valdez most likely has a couple of rocky minutes in the fight however handles to take a close, however clear, choice win. Pick: Oscar Valdez through UD


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