Oscar Valdez believes that he can emulate Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera in his combat with Emanuel Navarrete on the Desert Diamond Enviornment in Glendale, Arizona this weekend.
Valdez fights Mexican rival and WBO super-featherweight champion Navarrete dwell on Sky Sports activities Foremost Occasion or Sky Sports activities Motion from 2am on Sunday morning.
Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera will probably be ringside for the combat and make a presentation to the victor.
“These two fighters impressed me to be the fighter that I’m,” Valdez instructed Sky Sports activities. “It means so much for us Mexican fighters to be referred to as a guerrero, a warrior.
“Ever since I used to be a little bit child, I’ve dreamed about most of these fights,” he continued.
“We learn about ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete’s type, everyone seen my type so, I believe that these types will probably be an ideal match to present the followers what they need.
“The followers need to see blood. They need to see a battle. They need to see somebody hit the canvas.
“So, we’re up for it. Each time you bought two Mexican fighters contained in the ring, there’s all the time fireworks.”
There may be private delight and nationwide delight to contemplate and Valdez is set to ship the kind of contest individuals count on.
“I am anticipating a very good combat, a battle. Many fighters is likely to be a little bit bit nervous, however quite the opposite for me, it is like convey it on,” he mentioned.
“I used to be born for this. It solely will get extra motivating after I hear most of these issues, that persons are anticipating a battle. I do not see one other approach on this combat.
“Navarrete is a tricky fighter. He is proved it earlier than. He bought despatched to the canvas when he bought knocked down by [Liam Wilson] and he confirmed that he had quite a lot of coronary heart by getting up after which later stopping him. It simply reveals what sort of fighter ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete is.
“In my case, I will not again down.”
He longs to win this combat and grow to be a world champion as soon as once more.
“This combat proper now’s the most important combat of my life. It means every thing to me,” he mentioned. “Once I misplaced my title in opposition to Shakur Stevenson, I spotted how a lot I really like boxing and the way a lot I miss being referred to as a champion. I miss feeling like a champion as nicely,” he mentioned.
“The second that I misplaced it in opposition to Stevenson, the world fell on prime of me.
“That is why this combat means the world to me proper now as a result of I’ve to get again to the place I left off.”
A marker of Valdez’s distinctive willpower will be seen in how he fought via a damaged jaw to beat Scott Quigg. It was a grotesque harm. But Valdez was not derailed.
“For me, shedding will not be an possibility. For me, the quitting half, the half that simply letting it slide simple, it is not for me. I’ll all the time combat to the top,” he mentioned.
“I get these questions so much. How did I do it with the jaw harm within the fifth spherical and persevering with all these rounds with the damaged jaw? For me, I could not [quit]. There is no potential approach for me to say, ‘No mas, I can not proceed.'”
Valdez profession of late has included the excessive of a spectacular stoppage victory over Miguel Berchelt to win the WBC super-featherweight title and his crushing loss to Shakur Stevenson in a unification bout.
However Valdez unwinds at his ranch Mexico the place he retains a menagerie of unique animals.
“It is my favorite spot again there,” he mentioned. “It is my peace. It is the place I get out and simply detoxify myself from the world.
“As a result of while you’re in coaching camp, you are boxing all day, earlier than you fall asleep, you are all the time excited about the sport plan, excited about the boxing, excited about the rival, excited about someone on the market that is coaching exhausting to knock myself out. It will possibly grow to be disturbing.
“So, as soon as we end the fights, we return to the ranch. Nothing however household, nothing however love, peace, and all my animals. It is simply my favorite spot.”
Valdez has an alligator referred to as Steve, that he even swims with.
“It is an ideal expertise having the ability to swim with an alligator and never everybody can try this,” Valdez mentioned.
He maintains that’s neither a disturbing nor a harmful pastime, including cheerfully: “I’ve bought good head motion.”
Watch Emanuel Navarrete combat Oscar Valdez for the WBO super-featherweight title dwell on Sky Sports activities Foremost Occasion or Sky Sports activities Motion from 2am on Sunday morning.