Oscar Valdez puts his WBC super featherweight title on the line when he faces Robson Conceicao at the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson on Friday, September 10. In addition the pair squares off for the second time.
Born in Nogales, Mexico and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Valdez is ready for his sold-out homecoming. He authored a Knockout of the Year contender over Miguel Berchelt in February and will attempt to successfully defend his title for the first time against unbeaten Brazilian Olympic gold medalist, Conceicao.
Conceicao defeated Valdez by one point in the finals of the 2009 Pan American Games. The amateur rivals have a professional score to settle.
Check out below what they had to say the pre-fight press conference.
Oscar Valdez: I’m going to do whatever it takes and whatever I got
“I feel blessed that I get the chance to step in the ring on September 10. I’m very grateful to Top Rank, the Pascua Yaqui [Tribal Gaming Commission] for letting this fight proceed, and I’ve just been very concentrated.”
“Coming here to my second home in Tucson means a lot to me. People know my last two fights were without a crowd due to COVID and what better way to come back as a champion than in front of my people with all of Sonora and Arizona here? I’m just excited. I’ve been very focused on not looking at anything negative out there. It has been a little difficult – I can’t lie – but this is what we have to go through. This is what it’s going to be.”
“This is when you realize who the real people are around you, who are loyal to you and got your back. I realize that my family is number one and also my team. I have to thank everyone on my team, [including] my manager, Frank Espinoza, and my trainer, Eddy Reynoso. My father has always been there with me. Just everyone who has been around supporting me during these tough times because it has been difficult. They had my back, and we know we did nothing wrong. We’re going to be real concentrated for this fight.”
“[Our amateur bout] was a back-and-forth fight, but I lost. I always took my losses very seriously. Everybody hates losing, and I’m one of them. I’m a sore loser. Now that I get the chance to fight him as a professional, I’m taking this fight very seriously like all the fights. I’m defending my title, and I’m going to do whatever it takes and whatever I got to defend my title and avenge my loss.”Oscar Valdez and Robson Conceicao at press conference | Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images
Robson Conceicao: I fight against two opponents, him and the crowd
“When I fought him [as an amateur], it was a tough fight. I fought him and the crowd, and it motivated me a lot and made me happy. Here we have the same thing. I fight against two opponents, him and the crowd… and I will be the winner.”
“This is a very important moment for me, the most important moment in my life. I’m happy I’m here and not alone. I’m here for the Brazilian crowd, for my family, my team, and we’ll be great.”
“About the problem with the champion, what is done is done. There is no explanation, but I’m here to do my best and fight the greatest fight of my life.”
In the co-main event undefeated Gabriel Flores Jr takes on Luis Alberto Lopez in a ten-rounder at junior lightweight. Get the full Valdez vs Conceicao fight card.
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