Oscar Valdez (25-0-0 20 Ko's) makes the 6th defence of the WBO featherweight title he won against Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda in July 2016 when the title was vacant.
The Top Rank-promoted Valdez vs Jason Sanchez fight takes place at The Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada on Saturday 8th June and goes out live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in the USA.
Speaking about the fight, Valdez said "I'm excited to be back in the ring for the 6th defence of my world title. I know there is a big target on my back because I'm the champion, but nobody is going to take this title away from me. This will be my second fight training with Eddy Reynoso. Training with Eddy, I feel the best I've ever felt. I felt great in the ring during my first fight with Eddy in my corner. I know that I will look even better this time out. The fans in Reno and watching on ESPN and ESPN Deportes can expect a great showing from me on June 8."
Valdez's 1st fight with Reynoso as the head trainer was his title defence against 35-year-old unbeaten Italian Carmine Tommasone in February when Tommasone hit the canvas 4 times en route to a 7th round Ko. This may have been the softest defence of the title that Valdez has had and one that was perfect to look good in.
The champion is not expected to have such an easy night against the 24-year-old Sanchez who hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico and holds a 14-0 record with 7 Ko's in a career that saw him score his breakthrough win in Panama City, Panama against Puerto Rico's Jean Carlos Rivera for the vacant World Boxing Organisation Youth Featherweight Title before signing with Top Rank. Speaking about the Valdez fight he said "I am truly honoured and blessed to have an opportunity like this. Coming from Albuquerque, New Mexico, I knew I had to work extra hard to be noticed and to get where I'm at right now. I will be bringing this belt home to Albuquerque, to my family, my supporters, and most of all, my late brother Alan Sanchez. I believe he guided me down this road and that my journey is only beginning."
While Sanchez is a good young prospect, the chasm in experience and opposition faced is what makes Valdez a big favourite with the bookies. It wouldn't surprise me to see this fight going the distance but Valdez should win by a wide unanimous decision.